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May 17, 2009

FC barcelona Fans Celebrating Their 19th League TitleReal Mallorca vs Barca Preview

FC Barcelona finally became the Champions. As Eto said last week, we didn't have to play again win the title. Real Madrid's last night 3-2 defeat to Villareal means we will have two weeks ahead to focus clearly on Champions League final in Rome. Manchester United, Barca's rival in Rome also grabbed their title last night with a draw against Arsenal. This is the first time FC Barcelona have done the domestic double after their double in the 1998-98 season. No team ever managed to do that in the same period is a testimony of how hard is the two competition in Spain. Ok, now coming back to the task at hand. FC Barcelona would be playing Real Mallorca at Ono Estadi tonight in a dead rubber. The only point of interest would be to see whether Eto get the Pichichi title. Guardiola announced a strong squad to travel to Mallorca prior to last night's Real Madrid match. The squad list is Valdés, Pinto, Oier, Alves, Piqué, Puyol, Abidal, Sylvinho, Caceres, Victor Sanchez, Toure, Sergio Busquets, Xavi, Keita, Gudjohnsen, Hleb, Messi, Eto'o, Bojan, Pedro. There is some injury concern with Pinto and he may not field on the pitch this weekend.

With already securing the league title, Guardiola would be hoping to give majority of stars some rest. But we can expect the players who will be missing the Rome night and who has a chance to play in Rome to get a start. Oier or Pinto will be at Goal giving Valdes some time for rest. Alves, Sanchez, Caceres and Sylvinho should form the defense. Pique should get some well deserved rest. The midfield should see Busquets playing the defensive midfielder role and Gudjohnsen and Hleb playing the creative role. Upfront I would prefer to go with Bojan on the left, Eto in centre and Pedro on the right. Bojan should be motivated as he has a serious chance of making a start at Rome. With such a second-tier team, Barca would be hard pressed to win the game. But this side if they play well should be able to get past Mallorca. I predict a highly goal scoring encounter with Barca winning 4-3.

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