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Ive noticed in recent weeks that match threads have been lacking in time to be put up. This is probably the main focus of each forums discussions and while we got good agendas going once the thread was starting it was mainly after match analysis. I think that it would be a good idea to start each thread a good 5 days or so for example before the match starts so we can discuss our prefered lineups and news leading up to the match. Of course when midweek games such as Copa and Uefa are played the match thread for the league could be left till after

This coming Sunday we visit El Sardinero where Racing Santander entertain us.

Currently 13th, Racing are having a topsy-turvy season with 6 wins and 7 losses meaning we dont really know what to expect from them.

On the good side we still stand with a pretty impressive away record, however as the more games go on the pressure will increase on these performances given current home form. For me Rijkaard is still searching for his starting lineup and hes not finding it. Mainly down to the players not matching the tactics he desires or more to the point playing a lone striker with the 3 men that had played there support strikers.

Other than Gerard i dont think we have any injury worries at the moment. I also believe that its about time Navarro is ready to step into the first team, for a substitute appearance atleast. Or on the other hand Pena who showed hes a class player for the spain-u20 and better defensively than Bronkhorst.

As of this moment the channels i know of showing the match are the following

Taquilla

TV Danmark 1

TV4 Plus (Sweden)

Cine 5

Diema 2

Sport Tv (Delay 05-01 00:00)
 

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will Puyol be fit and Ronaldinho is a bit injured as well :(
 

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Latest team news

The following are confirmed as not being available

Motta
Gabri
Mario

Quaresma, Overmars and Kluivert are doubtfall

And finally some good news is that Puyol is very likely to play.

Going from the news, saying that those players and Rijkaard´s tactic i would like to see the following starting line up.

------------------Rustu-------------------------

Reizeger-----Puyol----Marquez-------Pena

---------------Xavi------Cocu------------------

Garcia------------Iniesta-------------Ronaldinho

-------------------Sergio-----------------------
 

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Maz said:
Latest team news

The following are confirmed as not being available

Motta
Gabri
Mario

Quaresma, Overmars and Kluivert are doubtfall

And finally some good news is that Puyol is very likely to play.

Going from the news, saying that those players and Rijkaard´s tactic i would like to see the following starting line up.

------------------Rustu-------------------------

Reizeger-----Puyol----Marquez-------Pena

---------------Xavi------Cocu------------------

Garcia------------Iniesta-------------Ronaldinho

-------------------Sergio-----------------------
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Maz said:
Latest team news

The following are confirmed as not being available

Motta
Gabri
Mario

Quaresma, Overmars and Kluivert are doubtfall

And finally some good news is that Puyol is very likely to play.

Going from the news, saying that those players and Rijkaard´s tactic i would like to see the following starting line up.

------------------Rustu-------------------------

Reizeger-----Puyol----Marquez-------Pena

---------------Xavi------Cocu------------------

Garcia------------Iniesta-------------Ronaldinho

-------------------Sergio-----------------------
I am sure we wont play that tactic only because of our fantastic coach...He wont gave the chance for young players...He hasnt got brave to do it...:strong:

Nevertheless i think we will win at El Sardinero....
 

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Maz said:

------------------Rustu-------------------------

Reizeger-----Puyol----Marquez-------Pena

---------------Xavi------Cocu------------------

Garcia------------Iniesta-------------Ronaldinho

-------------------Sergio-----------------------
Sounds good... Iniesta could play in Xavi's place, Ronaldinho in the attacking midfielder and Overmars in the left, if he can. But I doubt he gives the chance to Sergio and Iniesta. But if Kluivert and Saviola don't score...
 

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Overmars and Kluivert are not in the list for the match against Racing, but Puyol, Mario and Quaresma can play. Will Rijakaard give a chance to Sergio?
 

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mario is injured
 

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Sport ran an article the other day which really sums up Rijkaards managerial experties and the call for more local players.

The following two teams played in training

Rustu, Reiziger, Cocu, Márquez, Van Bronckhorst, Xavi, Gerard, Quaresma, Luis Enrique, Saviola y Ronaldinho

Valdés, Fernando Navarro, Oleguer, Oscar López, Ros, Iniesta, Jorquera, Santamaría, Luis García, Sergio García y Unzué.

The latter won 3-0 :rolleyes:



Below is the squad for the game

Porteros: Rustu y Víctor Valdés
Defensas: Reiziger, Puyol, Márquez, Oscar López, Van Bronckhorst, Oleguer
Centrocampistas: Cocu, Xavi, Gerard, Iniesta
Delanteros: Luis Enrique, Quaresma, Ronaldinho, Saviola, Luis García y Sergio García
 

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According to elmundo this is the lineup

----------------------Rustu---------------------------

Reizeger---------Puyol----Marquez----------Gio

-------------Iniesta---Xavi----Cocu---------------

------------------Ronaldinho-LE-------------------

--------------------Sergio Garcia-------------------
 

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you can know surely what am i by my name! :smileani:
but to be moderate, i should say barca will have a tough game as barca's defence is even as unstable as us. :stress:
i wanna know will rustu play for you this match after making the serious mistake. :confused:
 

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damn - how defensive is this line up...
i only like the defense! which looks pretty good, but 3 dm is a bad joke...
 

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the creative ability of Iniesta calms my nerves:)
 

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With that lineup, if we move Iniesta into the middle of Ronnie and LE then well be abudent in creativity.
 

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Maz said:
According to elmundo this is the lineup

----------------------Rustu---------------------------

Reizeger---------Puyol----Marquez----------Gio

-------------Iniesta---Xavi----Cocu---------------

------------------Ronaldinho-LE-------------------

--------------------Sergio Garcia-------------------
Yes, that is the line-up and I like it much more than playing with two wingers.
 

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The center looks too lightweight. How is Racing's midfield? I guess we'll find out soon.
If that is too lightweight imagine what it was when we were using only Xavi and Gerard and at the same time playing two wide wingers.
 

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One more thing about the line-up. I want Rijkaard to make up his mind for good. Wether he wants to use wingers or not, use Cocu as centerback or Marquez, play Rustu at goal, and so on and so forth. It is unbelieveble that we are already half way in the season and some critical issues have not been adressed like what non EU players should play for instance. Stability is one of the keys to success.
 

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Yes, that is the line-up and I like it much more than playing with two wingers.
are you sure because MD have got their lineups on their "inforgraphs" wrong a few times before
 

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Well Rijkaard should've never been assigned as a head coach in the first place. A stint as an assistant would've been much more beneficial for him and for Barça. But that is water under the bridge at this point. It seems to be a common theme for Barça coaches in the past few years to have an inconsistant lineup and ideas.
 
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