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THINKING OF BARCELONA

02 Mar 2006
Caparr??s is thinking of an offensive duo conformed by Trist??n and Arizmendi while Munitis could play on the left wing. A second alternative is to play with Romero in Munitis' position and move the Catanbrian player to the middle, this option will mean that the Sevillan coach will have to choose between Trist??n and Arizmendi in order to cover the striker’s position.

As Caparr??s appointed on Wednesday, the team that will play in Camp Nou will present the same ideas used to defeat Osasuna on the past weekend. "We have an experienced team and we will maintain our philosophy, we won't change anything" were the words of the Utrera-born trainer to describe the strategy that he will implement against the leaders of la liga.

However, the Sevillan coach is thinking of two modifications for the match, the first one is the introduction of Munitis in the place of Romero and the second one is the entrance of Diego Trist??n for Rub?©n Castro. Diego made a good impression against Osasuna and Caparr??s prefers his experience in Primera, the velocity of Rub?©n will be reserved if the team needs it during the second half.

But another alternative that was proven yesterday is Enrique Romero on the left wing moving Munitis to the position of second striker, this choice means that Caparr??s will have to choose between Trist??n and Arizmendi for the forward's position. The two options maintains V?­ctor on the right and the duo Duscher-Sergio in midfield.

The defensive line will be the same that played in Pamplona with Andrade and Juanma in the central positions. Caparr??s has given indications about the way in which the defenders should follow the deadly combinations between Ronaldinho, Eto'o and Messi. In this sense Manuel Pablo and Capdevila will be busy in the defensive tasks and their contribution upfront will be minimal.

Francisco Molina talked about the match with the Catalans, despite of the potential of the rival the Valencian keeper believes that Depor has enough chances to win the game: "We must face this game as we always do, we have to defend and take advantage of their errors. It's true that Barcelona left too many empty spaces since they are always trying to create pressure in the rival's area, if we are able to surpass their pressure we will find those spaces."


BARCELONA: MESSI, RONALDINHO, ETO'O, DECO...
Coach Frank Rijkaard has all his men available in order to face Deportivo; however, the crucial Champions League game that they have to play against Chelsea on Wednesday and some injury problems could cause the use of rotations. Ronaldinho suffered a muscular problem in the last confrontation against Zaragoza and he didn't participate with Brazil in the last international friendly. The Brazilian is ready to play, but Rijkaard could reserve him for the crucial match against Mourinho's squad.

Deco is another man with injury problems, he played 45 minutes in the friendly game between Portugal and Saudi Arabia and could be reserved for the Champions League game. Who is totally recuperated is Ludovic Giuly. The French player has been out of the lineups for the last three matches and he could replace Messi in the team since the Argentinean played on Wednesday with his national team. A fact that the same Rijkaard appointed recently: "We agree that Messi is a wonderful player, but he's only a 18-year-old boy. He's a jewel and we have to be careful with him. We don’t want to force him."


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