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FC BARCELONA vs SPORTING GIJON
Camp Nou (Barcelona) | Sun, Feb 8 | 19:00
We receive Sporting at home. The Asturian newly promoted team have improved a lot since the last time we faced them, months ago in the 1-6 victory in El Molinón, which started the positive run of 18 victories and 1 draw that didn't finish yet.
The team will suffer the absences of the central backs (although Puyol still is doubtful), so Guardiola will have to try a new idea, with players out of position, for this game. At least, the Comitees removed Alves' 5th yellow card and he will be available for the coach. The attack will probably be the same of the last weeks and we'll see if who will rotate in the midfield this Sunday.
Sporting are the only team that didn't draw this year. Surprisingly, they won 9 games and lost 12, but they never tied a game. As an anecdote, their 2 main coaches were sent off in the last Liga game they had, so an ex-barcelonista legend, Quini, will be the manager in the Camp Nou. As you know, Quini was the scorer of the 3000th goal of the club and one of the most loved players in the club of the last decades. The starter of a nice tradition of Sporting players that wore the blaugrana shirt, as Abelardo or Luis Enrique later.
Despite the absences in defense, the team will have to give their best in order to achieve another home victory and make another step towards the Liga title, before the schedule gets tougher in the next weeks, with CL and more difficult Liga games.