Tuesday, May 3, 2011
Barcelona - Real Madrid
Real Madrid visit Barcelona on Tuesday less than a week after the controversial first leg at the Bernabeu. With time running out on the Champions League, it is now or never for the Whites, who have sworn to play their hearts and souls out at the Camp Nou.
Abiding by the motto "We believe," Los Blancos are convinced they can turn things around on Tuesday and sneak into the Champions League final. But words aren't the only thing Madridistas should take to heart. This squad has the talent and the drive to write another page in its already golden history.
Jose Mourinho, who will watch from the stands after being sent off in last week's first leg, tabbed 19 players for duty at the Camp Nou. Aitor Karanka has stepped in as manager and will be without Pepe and Ramos due to suspension, Gago and Khedira due to injury and Pedro Leon and Canales, both of whom were left off the squad list based on a coaching decision.
Barcelona, meanwhile, recover the services of Andres Iniesta, who missed last week's match due to a strained soleus muscle. Puyol and Abidal are also good to go for Guardiola, while Milito is injured and unavailable.
With Barcelona sitting on an 0-2 lead on aggregate, Real Madrid must neutralize its adversary on its home turf if it is to clinch a berth in the coveted final. They hope not tot relive the incidents that took place at the Bernabeu, the unjust dismissal of Pepe among them, but rather see a match decided by fair and sportsmanlike play.