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Preview: United-Barcelona

Posted by hakanrylander on May 27, 2009

A very important, perhaps crucial, factor in tonight’s game is the fact that Barcelona are missing three of their first-choice defenders (Alves and Abidal are suspended and Marquez injured). Not only does it weaken Barcelona, but it might also influence the tactics of both teams. It will be interesting to see whether the percieved weakness at the back will cause Barcelona to be a little less adventurous going forward.

United have two alternative battle-plans. Plan A (“Nou Camp”) is to sit back, contain Xavi and Iniesta, leave as little room as possible for Messi, Henry and Eto’o and punish Barcelona on the break. This will be a little easier to achieve than it normally would because Barca will lack the attacking thrust that the fullbacks, Alves in particular, usually provides.

Plan B (“Old Trafford”) is to be all over Barcelona from the off, pressing the back-four and forcing Barcelona to defend. I hope Ferguson goes for Plan B and then reverts to Plan A after 20 minutes when we’re 2-0 up. 🙂

Whatever tactics we choose our main avenues of attack will be Ronaldo down the middle and Rooney and Evra on the left. This might just leave the occasional opening at the other end of the penalty area. My gut feeling is that tonight’s hero will be Park Ji-Sung.

2-0 United.

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3 Responses to “Preview: United-Barcelona”

  1. Martin S. said

    Incredible night awaits. You cannot ask for more. Will indeed be very interesting to see how Barca’s defence cope with us. And how Evra will cope with Messi.

  2. The Gaffer said

    Very excited. I expect a very open game, and for some reason expect a lot of goals. I think the game will be ultimately decided with some chaotic defending and some breathtaking football from both teams…

  3. Erik said

    Stream igång från Japan.

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