Spanish Supercopa preview: Another day, another Clásico…By: Natasha | August 28th, 2012
Yep, the second Clásico of the season is here (how time flies….or not) and this will decide the winner of the elite and desired Spanish Supercopa trophy. As you probably know, Barça are heading into the tie ahead and the scoreline is sitting at 3-2.
The match you have all been waiting for (I know, like I say, this is a very important trophy…!) is upon us! I still don’t know why it must be dragged out in a two-legged affair, but it is. Anyway, it’s almost over and soon we can go back to worrying about other things. Like the Liga Clásico!
Surprisingly, almost all our players are fit. Puyol is obviously still suffering from a broken cheekbone, but you know that isn’t going to stop him. As a result of having fit players for once, predicting the lineup is a difficult task because wait, we have more than one available player per position now?! What is this Madness! But for my predicted lineup I’ll go with VV – Alves, Piqué, Mascherano, Adriano – Busquets, Xavi, Iniesta – Alexis, Messi, Pedro.
I think we’ll see Adriano start, purely because that’s what happened in the last leg. There’s some insight for you. No, but really, I don’t think Tito will start Jordi Alba in a Clásico yet. Pedro is more likely to start over Tello for the same reason. Puyol is training with the team and I do believe he’s available, but I don’t think Tito will risk him. Try telling that to Puyi, though. Isn’t it great when we don’t go into panic mode when one of our CBs is injured? We are living in changed times! As for Afellay, JDS and Fontas…they probably won’t travel with the team to Madrid. Sigh.
If the last match has set the benchmark, then I’m hoping this leg will be a fairly clean match. I don’t know if Pepe will be included in Real Madrid’s squad (can you tell I care?) but if he is, then you may as well abandon all hope that it’ll be a clean match. Madrid will be playing to win and as they’re playing at home, it won’t be easy for Barça. But look at the match against Osasuna! Apparently Barça like making things difficult for themselves…
Real Madrid’s new recruit, Luka Modric, may make an appearance. Good player, of course, but if he does play, I’m not sure how much of a threat he’ll be. He’s not had a chance to really train with his new team or adapt to their system. And of course I’ll say that and he’ll end up owning the match. Sorry. As for us, depending on what the scoreline is, we could see Alex Song play out the last 10 minutes of the second half. Talk about a baptism of fire. If, like Sunday’s match, the scoreline is in Madrid’s favour, then forget about it. If that’s the case, we’ll likely see Villa replace Pedro. I’d like Villa to start over Alexis (MVP!!!!!) but doubt he’s 100% match fit yet. When he is, Alexis will have some serious competition unless he steps it up.
As for Messi, who knows? I’m hoping he’ll show up and be his usual outstanding self and we’ll wonder why on earth we criticized his performances during the last few games in the first place. But this is Messi. On his “bad days”, he still manages to win the match for Barça. Pretty unbelievable.
Obviously I want Barça to win this (or do I? Mwuahaha! Alright, yes, I do) and I think they will. We’re going into this on the back of three consecutive wins, whereas Madrid are going in on one draw and two losses. Now maybe this will make Madrid play harder and they do have the home advantage. Barça have the advantage in terms of the scoreline, and that’s something that’s concrete. I will say the final score will be 1-2 to Barça. Messi will probably score both. Expect Madrid to score off a set piece. Why break the habit now?!
And there you have it. The Bernabéu awaits! Aren’t we lucky…
Some Related Barcelona Posts:
- Spanish Supercopa Preview: Ready Or Not, Here Comes The (First) Clásico (Of Many)!
- Spanish Supercup review: FC Barcelona 3 – 2 Real Madrid: Pito Vilanova strikes back!