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PREVIEW: BARCELONA - DEPORTIVO (LIGA 22h00)

02 Mar 2006
Deportivo will try to continue with their good run away from the Riazor, Caparr??s will present the same lineup that defeated Osasuna last week with the only modification of Munitis replacing Rub?©n Castro. Meanwhile, the Catalans arrives with all their stars available with the only exception of Messi who will rest in order to be ready for the Champions League confrontation against Chelsea.

DEPORTIVO: MUNITIS RETURNS
Caparr??s wants a solid block capable of maintaining calm in Camp Nou, the defensive line will be composed by Juanma and Andrade in the central positions, Capdevila on the left side and Manuel Pablo on the right. The good sensations that Sergio left in Pamplona are enough in order to continue in midfield alone with Aldo Duscher.

V?­ctor will play on the right wing while Enrique Romero will continue on the left. For this occasion Caparr??s will present an offensive couple conformed by Munitis and Arizmendi. A clear sign that the Sevillan coach is betting on fast counterattacks in order to surprise the defensive line of the Catalans. A fact that Arizmendi explained yesterday: "We have to play with velocity, because Barcelona puts a lot of men upfront, that's how we can surprise them."

Despite occupying the seventh spot the Galicians are enjoying one of their best seasons as visitors, they have conquered victory in six of the last seven away games in la liga (Racing Santander, Sevilla, Celta, Athletic, Betis and Osasuna). Also the squad has won three of the last five games at the Camp Nou.

Players that could see action if the Sevillan trainer requires their services are the following: C?©sar, De Guzm??n, Trist??n, Gallardo, Rub?©n Castro, H?©ctor and Dani Mallo. It was speculated about the possible presence of Trist??n in the game, but his experience will be reserved for the second half.

BARCELONA: MESSI OUT OF THE GAME
The novelty in Barcelona is the presence of Ludovic Giuly who will replace Messi in the starting line-up, the Argentinean player has been reserved for the Champions League match against Chelsea. But coach Frank Rijkaard will send Ronaldinho and Deco in order to command the offensive efforts. The rest is the normal squad that the Dutch trainer has presented in the last liga encounters.

PROBABLE LINEUPS
Barcelona: Vald?©s - Belletti, Puyol, M??rquez, Sylvinho - Edm?­lson, Motta, Deco, Giuly- Ronaldinho, Eto'o.
Deportivo: Molina - Manuel Pablo, Andrade, Juanma, Capdevila - V?­ctor, Sergio, Duscher, Romero - Munitis, Arizmendi.
Referee: Velasco Carballo.
Kick-off: 22h00 (Camp Nou)


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