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Carles Puyol must be the anchor of a Barcelona defense that lacks depth
Overall, the defense in the first contest was solid, though there were quite a few opportunities for Real to attack the goal.
With Eric Abidal out for the rest of the season, it was important for Captain Carles Puyol to return to the squad quickly from injury, and he returned in time for last weekend's clasico only to suffer what appeared to be an injury to his hamstring.
Puyol did not train Tuesday, but has been declared fit, and Barca fans are certainly hoping he can play, because he's so important not only because he is such a formidable defensive force, but because he is an emotional leader and captain.
The rest of the defensive corps of Gerard Pique, Dani Alves and Adriano must continue to play smart and make good decisions, while Maxwell, Mascherano and Gabriel Milito must be ready to come on to the pitch and play well.