Champions League Semifinal: Real Madrid vs. Barcelona: Live

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Champions League Semifinal: Real Madrid vs. Barcelona: Live
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El Clasico III

After two closely contested but ultimately low-scoring Clasico's, one does not get the feeling tonight's game will escape this trend.

Even though FC Barcelona has been significantly weakened due to the absences of Eric Abidal, Adriano, Maxwell, Andres Iniesta and Bojan to either injury or illness, it doesn’t seem like Real Madrid will give up on their defensive approach.

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

Thus far, it has served Jose Mourinho very well. Personally, I would be happy if FC Barcelona can get away with a draw. It would force Mourinho’s Madrid side to open up in the return leg at the Camp Nou.

In addition, I hope Pep Guardiola makes adjustments of his own side and gives Thiago and Ibrahim Afellay a chance to showcase their skills. I do hope that every time, in every game, but I always end up disappointed.

Seydou Keita is a good squad player, but he is not exactly El Clasico caliber. He’s a hard worker but not very imaginative nor a real goal threat.

At any rate, Pep should not only take a cue from Mourinho’s media handbook but his playbook as well. Barcelona’s squad is stretched to the maximum while the Blaugrana’s defense is more shaky than solid because the aforementioned injuries.

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