Put the pieces on the board, the first consideration is that Real Madrid and Barcelona face the game tonight without holding anything back, as if there were world behind Cup final tomorrow or next Wednesday. That generosity (apparent) at the time of raising the battle is great news for the show, but it at least intriguing. Hard to believe how fine strategists as Mourinho and Guardiola, when face four Classics, have not distinguished between them and other parties. And today should be the least important of them all, especially for the club, unless we think that each meeting will be sports and emotionally connected to the next, or unless the plan, savage and primitive, is none other than the annihilation of the opponent.
For starters, Mourinho yesterday repeated one of those little scenes that have become military tactics that many will jalean. Karanka delegated to the press conference and stood beside him in a position to watch dumb. Spanish journalists and many other foreign colleagues left the newsroom and Real Madrid’s first reaction was camper rally around the coach, as if someone had attacked.
Karanka, who makes efforts to look bad, he recited the speech of the head and then clarified that the allocation of training bibs had been randomized (Pepe, Di Maria and Benzema holders did not dress), what makes us bet on a team with Marcelo them and interior, without missing any Star: Xabi and Christian (no goals in six games against Barca). That is, eleven of luxury, with the only caution of Arbeloa on Messi, if Messi is not surprising relocating to the tip or in midfield, which has tested all Guardiola in the Classics and undoubted success.
At Barcelona, the novelty is already known: Busquets as central. It is in that position and that of Maxwell which overlook the only two cracks of Barcelona, who in his last five victories against Real Madrid is always accompanied by Puyol, Valdés addition, Alves and Messi.
As always, the midfield duel it seems decisive. Without Lass (injured) and Barn (passed), Mourinho will need the work of Marcelo and Di Maria in the drop and in touch. Guardiola’s obsession is to avoid the caps cons of Madrid.
Warning: may occur as described or something completely different. Because, although there is no top hats in sight, do not dismiss it out tonight to see some rabbits.