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Porto out for revenge after 4-2 defeat by Barcelona
By Martin Roberts
LISBON, March 6 (Reuters) - Coach Fernando Santos is hoping
a return to fitness by several key players will allow Porto to
avenge last week's defeat by Barcelona in the Champions League
on Tuesday.
Porto had made a flying start to the second phase of the
league but lost 4-2 to Barcelona, after two goals from World
Player of the Year Rivaldo, allowing the Spaniards to leapfrog
them to top place in Group A.
The Portuguese champions' mood has not been improved by a
patchy 1-0 win on Saturday over lowly Uniao Leiria when they
were clearly jaded after their defeat at Barcelona.
"Without forgetting that we faced one of the world's best
teams if not the best, we feel we could have done more,"
midfielder Emilio Peixe said.
Brazilian forward Rubens Junior is fit after two weeks out
with muscular pains and is due to line up alongside compatriot
Mario Jardel, the Portuguese premiership's top scorer.
Portugal's league leaders are also likely to field key
midfielder Rui Barros after keeping him on the bench in the
Uniao Leiria game to rest him after the Barcelona match, his
first game in five months.
Jose Esquerdinha is also due to return to the midfield after
resting on Saturday, but captain and defender Jorge Costa will
miss the game after a third yellow card against Barcelona.
Barcelona - with seven points to Porto's six - paid a heavy
price for their victory.
Luis Enrique Martinez and Boudewijn Zenden will definitely
miss the return leg. The Spanish international has damaged his
left knee and the Dutch winger is out with a groin strain.
Barcelona coach Louis van Gaal has said Rivaldo will
probably start on the bench after suffering a slight ankle
sprain.
Despite these injuries the mood in the Barcelona camp is
sky-high after last Wednesday's impressive win and the 4-0
Spanish league victory over Numancia on Saturday.
"The way that we are playing must make us one of the
favourites for the Champions League and I think you are going to
see a lot more from us," defender Frank de Boer said.
The recovery of form by the de Boer brothers, Frank and
Ronald, has been one of the factors in Barcelona's improvement
over recent weeks and both are expected to start on Tuesday.
Dutch striker Patrick Kluivert has also been included in van
Gaal's 18-man squad that was named on Monday after missing last
week's game through suspension and he can expect to take his
place among the forwards.
Probable teams:
Porto: 24-Hilario Sampaio, 7-Carlos Secretario, 4-Aloisio
Pires, 30-Jose Esquerdinha, 6-Emilio Peixe, 8-Rui Barros,
3-Rubens Junior, 18-Carlos Chainho, 21-Nuno Capucho, 11-Ljubinko
Drulovic, 16-Mario Jardel.
Barcelona: 1-Ruud Hesp; 32-Carles Puyol, 2-Michael Reiziger,
22-Frank de Boer, 17-Winston Bogarde; 4-Josep Guardiola,
28-Gabri Garcia; 8-Phillip Cocu, 6-Ronald de Boer; 9-Patrick
Kluivert, 7-Luis Figo
Referee: Stefano Braschi (Italy)


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