Friday, July 24, 2009



Tottenham have some big problems ahead of this game, with Pavlyuchenko and Keane doubtful, Boateng out along with all three recognised central defenders Woodgate, King and Dawson.

Barcelona have travelled to London, the game will be played at Wembley, with the following 28 man squad: 17 from the senior squad (Valdés, Pinto, Jorquera, Martín Cáceres, Víctor Sánchez, Henrique, Maxwell, Márquez, Abidal, Keita, Touré, Gudjohnsen, Hleb, Bojan, Henry, Messi and Pedro) plus 11 from the reserve and youth squads (Oriol, Dalmau, Montoya, Fontàs, Muniesa, Espasandín, Rueda, Santos, Jeffren, Rochina and Gai).

So no, Puyol, Xavi, Iniesta, Alves, Milito, Eto'o, Busquets or Pique ! However, still the core of a strong enough squad, not sure about Hleb's participation as he is said to form part of the Ibrahimovic-Eto'o deal. Barce are training in Marlow about four miles from where I live, a contact went to watch them yesterday, he is used to watching Premiership players in training and was impressed, they spent a lot of time working on the small things and were very thorough.

I suspect that this is more a game to watch, but the wide open spaces of Wembley should suit Barce and they were very impressive through pre season last year. Real have upped the ante with their huge spending, so I am sure that Guardiola will want to get his team buzzing as soon as possible. Goals look again the best option and I would not be surprised to see these two clubs produce four or more, hard to see this makeshift Spurs backline, keeping them out for too long.

5 points "over" 3 goals 2.05 asian line.

Good Luck.

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