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Feb 22, 2010

Barca's Champions League campaign re-starts after the long vacation with a visit to Stuttgart on Tuesday. On the back of winning their group Barca will have the luxury of playing their second leg at home. Barca's recent injury worries has been a problem into the build up of this game. But it looks like Barca's injury problems are finally easing up. Xavi and Alves has been included in the team which makes the trip to Germany, despite not getting the final OK from Medical staff. The squad list is Valdés, Pinto, Puyol, Maxwell, Piqué, Milito, Txigrinski, Touré, Sergio, Xavi, Iniesta, Bartra, Jonathan, Jeffren, Messi, Bojan, Pedro, Alves, Ibrahimovic and Henry. It is highly unlikely we will see both of them starting the match. Barca should be in high spirits with a 4-0 victory against Racing Santander. It is not yet clear whether Ibrahmovic is deemed fit for the Stuttgart match after missing out last match due to a ankle injury. Meanwhile Barca's opponent Stuttgart has their own injury problems. Stuttgart Left Back, Arthur Boka will be missing FC Barcelona tie after damaging his shoulder against FC Koln.

Barca has upper hand in FC Barcelona vs Stuttgart Meeting in Past

Barca's recent visits to Germany all has been pretty good. The last visit was to face Bayern Munich which resulted in a 1-1 draw that completed a 5-1 aggregate victory at the Quarter Final stage. The last time FC Barcelona faced Stuttgart was in the group stage of 2007-08 Champions League Campaign. Barca registered comfortable Home and Away victories on that occasion. This visit will see our player Alexander Hleb who is on loan to Stuttgart plating against us after his move from Arsenal. The defense should feature once again Puyol as Right Back and Maxwell as Left Back. I expect Milito to pair up with Pique at the centre of defense. The midfield should remain the same as in the Racing match - Iniesta, Toure and Busquets. It is essential to let Iniesta play on the left side as in last match. The forward lin should have Henry retaining his position after a good showing against Racing, Messi should be the attacking option from teh right and Bojan should start as Centre Forward. Ibrahmovic may not be rushed to start this game and hence Bojan should try to produce another good performance. We may be missing some of the regulars in the team but still is expected to produce a favourable result. Anything other that a loss is a good result in the Champions League away legs, but Barca's quality should be enough to win this match. I predict a 0-2 victory for Barca.

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8 comments:

nana said...

Bibin, u seem to like 2goal margins. i will go for a goal margin of 3 or 4.

CEB II said...

Be really helpful if Xavi gets the OK. Predicting 1-3 for Barça.

http://bit.ly/6tRRNi

Bibin said...

haha... I myself would love to see more goals, but in an away match in Europe - 2 -0 is a great scoreline

Unknown said...

I prefer to rest Alves, Xavi & Messi for this match ... Pedro Bojan & Henry or Ibra can do the Job there ..

I prefer to See 4-4-2 tactics today with Iniesta Bosquets, Jonathan & Yaya in the Mid field & Ibra Pedro in the front line .. ..

I predict 3-1 victory for Barca ...

Bibin said...

A 4-4-2 formation may not happen. It could be risky to send Henry along with Pedro and Bojan. Messi is a must. This leg is crucial, since any away goals could help us a lot.

Unknown said...

yeah everyone has his point of view :)

but we must try play with out Messi even for one game as alot of games waiting us & Messi need some rest ..

nana said...

not again. why does he treat yaya this way.. anyway i will give full comments after the match. but pep should know iniesta makes the midfield gel. he should burry his hatred for henry and think straight. i hate to see teams outplay us like what i witnessed in the first half.

Bibin said...

We are lucky to get the equaliser. But anyway the away goal could be crucial.

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