3 Things Barcelona Need to Do to Advance Past Real Madrid Tomorrow
The fourth Clasico in 18 days is coming up tomorrow, and Barcelona have a 2-0 aggregate lead going into their encounter at Camp Nou. With the lead, Barcelona must do a few things in order to advance to the final, where they will most likely meet Manchester United.
The two managers, Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho, had a row after the previous match, with the latter accusing Guardiola's Catalan side of cheating. In addition, Real Madrid posted a video on their website, which showed that Barcelona actually were simulating fouls. The video showed that the red card received by Pepe (one of Madrid's key defensive players) was unjust, as Dani Alves was writhing on the ground, taken off the pitch by a stretcher, but proceeded to sprint on a few minutes later.
Possess in an Attacking Way
Don't let Madrid touch the ball! But do so in a way that creates opportunities. The Tiki Taka is magnificent when executed by this team, and if they do it with an attacking mentality of going forward, it's virtually impossible for the opposition to defend.
Plus, Real Madrid's mindset will be a bit desperate (being down 2-0 on away goals, and going to the Camp Nou for the second leg), and frustrating them with possession will be ideal.
Exploit Pepe's Absence with Messi
Pepe might just be the only man on the planet who can guard one little Argentine named Lionel Messi. In the past couple of Clasicos, Messi has not been as dominant when Pepe is on him 24/7.
The previous match was unbearable until Pepe's sending off broke the game wide open. Messi started taking control of the match and scored two goals. So the advice is to feed the ball to the Messiah!
Don't Lose Your Cool
All they need to do is keep their composure. Nothing special. Don't go a man down. Don't get needless yellows. Don't get into unnecessary fights. Don't provoke Madrid.
It's not that they need to win, they need to maintain their lead for a biggie against Manchester United. They need to keep all of their players confident for the final. Losing a man or anything of the sort would be unnecessary to say the least. They need to advance. That's all!
As long as Barcelona do those three things, they are assured victory. Deviating from the strict game plan leaves less margin of error, but they remain favorites.
Prediction: Barcelona 2-1 Real Madrid
Goal Scorers: Messi, Villa, Ronaldo