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REAL MADRID - FC BARCELONA NEWS BRIEFS RUMOURS | WARMING UP THE CHAMPIONS LEAGUE SEMIS

Hype, vibe, excitement, anticipation, build-up, accusations, previews, atmosphere...just a few words circulating as Spain, Madrid, Barcelona & the Football World looks forward towards next Wednesday night & the 1º leg semi - finals of the Champions League between REAL MADRID & FC BARCELONA.

Here are some interesting curiosities & news pieces circulating,  or items confirmed:



1. Spanish Sports paper "Marca" has already anticipated their idea ( I repeat theirs) of the starting Real Madrid 11. Lass would came in for injuried Khedira, Albiol for suspended Carvalho & Real Madrid would play without a true forward as indicated in the below diagram*

Real Madrid 2011

*This is pure speculation by the newspaper at this early stage.


2. Spanish Sports & Barcelona based paper "Sport" anticipates the FC Barcelona defensive four to be : Alves, Pique, Mascherano, Puyol. Defenders Milito & Maxwell injured themselves this weekend & Abidal & Renato are totally not avaiable.

3. Referee is 100% confirmed: German Wolfgang Stark. Neither Real Madrid or FC Barcelona have an "advantage" here.



4. Cristiano Ronaldo, Albiol, Di Maria & Sergio Ramos are one yellow card away from being suspended for the next match. High alert!


5.Barca Cocah Guardiola throws poisoned darts at Madrid at last press conference: Real Madrid is the favourite, some press announce the end of the Barça cycle, but Barça will win the Liga this year, the Spanish Cup is the lesser of the titles ( not said by Guardiola , more the Barça inner circles & press), the grass at Santiago Bernabeu will be higher than normal, the Referee is , will , may...

Stay tuned folks. Things warming up & tomorrow promises to be hot with more declarations from both ends.


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