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Barca have won the last five matches against RM in the league so another win is on the cards. Then in the copa del rey we will be beat them 2-1, 2-0 or 3-1. In the away champions league match Barca will probably lose or draw (we do have an awful away record under pep in the champions league) but in the home match we will thrash them because nobody beats us at the Nou Camp!
Posted 16:17 15th April 2011
Barcelona will win the league match, Madrid will win the cup final, Madrid will then win the first leg of the Champions League tie but then Barcelona will slaughter Madrid 4-0 in the second leg.
Posted 16:03 15th April 2011
wonderfull column as always...I think Madrid have a better chance of winning the Cup game in all of these 4 games. This is because Mourinho can play any system and not worry about how they get the result. with regards to the champions league, i think barca will edge the tie as they have the advantage of playing the second leg at the Camp Nou. I feel like Barca should play youngsters like thiago, Fontas etc with the no-so-regular first team players like keita and Affelay. this will give xavi and company some rest ahead of the other more important three games...what do think about that? another Question: what has happened to Milito's form? everytime he plays he looks out of sorts and costs the team goals!
Posted 14:25 15th April 2011
I think Barcelona will win all four ties. Why? Because FC Barcelona is superior in every aspect of the game. I disagree with the statement that Mourinho has a mental edge over Guardiola.. has he already forgotten the 5-0 humiliation by the mighty Catalans? Messi is breaking every goal scoring record in the book and the rest of the team is as brilliant as usual. Xavi the masterclass at the center with the flamboyant Iniesta. The only worry for FCB is the absence of the captain, Carlos Puyol. I still haven't forgiven Ronaldo for misbehaving with Guardiola. I will still spit in the face of Sergio Ramos for physically assaulting the great Xavi and Puyol.
Posted 14:15 15th April 2011
i believe the great foursome matches are a gift to footballing fans across the globe. Mourinho is an exceptional coach and his CV can back it up, but unlike inter or chelsea he hasnt had the support required within his first season. and i hear that guardiola is also feeling the strain, therefore this result of all these games will be 50/50. i cant see barca winning 5-0 again
Posted 11:14 15th April 2011
Madrid have the chance to win but they will have to do it in an ugly manner...that is it! If they try Barca's way, they will get slaughtered again.. Mour knows this so well, I trust him.. Xholani, Barca B cannot play in the La Liga even if they won, regulations bar it from playing in the same League with its parent Barca A....unless Barca A get relegated (dream on...)....
Posted 10:46 15th April 2011
Its obvious that Madrid wiil win all four matches and this will prove the world that Madrid isv better than barca....with ozil,ronaldo,carvalho and not forgetting the fantastic coach Mr Mourinho, everything is possible.
Posted 10:10 15th April 2011
@Xolani Mkhize: Barcelona B can't promote in Primera. The next Year Barcelona B will play in Segunda.
Posted 10:02 15th April 2011
Madrid have the chance to win but they wil have to do it in an ugly manner...that is it! If they try Barca's way, they will get slaughtered again.. Mour knows this so well, I trust him.. Xholani, Barca B cannot play in the La Liga even if they won, regulations bar it from playing in the same League with its parent Barca A....unless Barca A get relegated (dream on...)....
Posted 09:09 15th April 2011
barca will win three and lose one
Posted 09:04 15th April 2011
I suppose Real Madrid might win! For two reasons. First of all they are playing home so that will make the players confident . Madrid are a stronger team.
Posted 08:35 15th April 2011
The way Barca pley and the wey Real pley is impossble for Madrid to beat best club in the wold in this four match..
Posted 08:26 15th April 2011
Guillem once again, great article. No doubt that this Real Madrid is a very different team than the one we saw lose to Barca 5-0 having played so many games together and with the best coach in the world having time to really shape his team. I am not sure why people havent been discussing Adebayor and his addition of strength and height. I don't believe Barca has anyone on defense to stop such a power player especially in the air. Also his recent form has been outstanding. Do you think Adebayor is going to be the key player in these upcoming mathces?
Posted 07:46 15th April 2011
The key is when is Puyol back. Barca are definitely over-reliant on a small core of players. There are no match winners on the bench except Keita so to win, they need Puyol or Abidal back. Based on play ands skill, Barca will win it all but they are really short on personnel and that may be the problem.
Posted 07:35 15th April 2011
Liga - Draw Del Rey - Real CL 1st Leg - Barca CL 2nd Leg - Barca That's how I see it. The key to the whole series is injuries, bans and form, some players are already going to be missing on these lines. Without a doubt these games will be lost or won in midfield and I would pick out two face-off's which the outcome of will prove crucial. The first is Alonso v Mascherano and the other Messi v Ozil. Mascherano has come into the Barca side more regularly and added some steel, this confrontation of the two former Liverpool players is likely to be EXPLOSIVE, don't be surprised to see a red card or two there, overall I think Monster Masch' will prevail. In the other I think Messi will be the victor, mainly because I've noticed that Ozil has had a drop in form of late, why we don't know, it could be carrying a knock or that a long campaign coming after South Africa is taking it's toll. Thanks for another great article from Sky's best reporter. Rafa at Real Madrid next season. YNWA96
Posted 07:24 15th April 2011
I am an ardent Liverpool and Barcelona fan...Its amazing how suddenly the Mourinho fans are suddenly seeing weaknesses in Pep's style of management...and how they are prescribing "a long term illness if he continues to go toe to toe with Mourinho".... and in terms of him being overpowered psychologically by Mourinho...how he is the best manager ever...rubbish!!! Lets look at what Mourinho and Pep achieved in their first 3 years of management and then decide who has achieved more...its not even a contest as far as I am concerned. I do somehow agree that Barca have of late looked a bit flat, but I think that having achieved what they have in the last 3 seasons and the fact that they are still in the running for the trebble, one is bound to understand. Nonetheless, having said that, the el classico brings new and different energies to both sides....just like in any other derbies all over the footballing world...just have a look at what happens when Liverpool take on Man U...they can lose to Blackpool the one weekend but they will play like champions when they come up against Man U...and least I say that Barca know how to beat Real. So to those Madrid fans who want to judge Pep, please do so after the 4 games and I don't think I need to remind any of you that Barca are 8 points ahead of "the greatest coach" and his team in La Liga. Barca are the best team in the world at the moment and until Real does something to unseat them....just shut up and enjoy watching football being played the way it should!!!!
Posted 07:22 15th April 2011
Xolani, it wont be the 1st time it will happen. it happened in 1954 and they werent allowed into the 1st division since they are a nursery club for FC Barca. so yeh once again they will stay in the segunda division and everything will be exactly as it is now...
Posted 22:41 14th April 2011
I think Jose mourinho is waiting for champions league, real madrid is already out of title race in la liga. Copa del rey is not to important. This four games are totally unpredictable but real madrid is running better than barca in champions league. They just take three goals and they are still unbeaten. So I think real madrid have slightly more chance to qualify for wembly.
Posted 20:51 14th April 2011
lots will be said, tactical plans, side plots will be mentioned, Messi vs Cronaldo etc ,psychological war fare will be thrown in there, usually when this is mentioned Mourinho is always seen as having the upper hand,evidence will be put forth, but I think game one will still boil down to who ever works the hardest will win the game, the problem is the first game might be a stalemate,it might be a score draw and this makes everything more interesting, I fancy Real on the Champions league tie,as I think they will not lose at home, but I think the whole series will rest on the Copa del rei final next week and whoever advances to the Champions league Finals. All said and done I fancy Barca as, they just work harder than everybody else.
Posted 19:52 14th April 2011
barca all the way. it wont be as easy as the first el classico game of the season but they should still get it. also to answer a few other questions... of Barcelona B win segunda the will not be promoted, as all teams that have a B team playing in a lower leave have an agreement that means that the cant have 2 teams in the same division. also i how can anyone think that guardiola is buckling under the pressure when its mourinho that is loosing games and seems to have conceeded la liga already? visca el Barca!
Posted 19:27 14th April 2011