Levante – Barcelona prematch discussion post.

Since it doesn’t look like anyone is doing a preview for the game, you can discuss today’s game here.

Game is at 22:00 pm local time, 4:00 pm Eastern time.

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  1. blitzen
    April 14, 2012

    OK, I’ll start.

    Seems like Levante is planning to play an ultra-defensive game. It’s going to be very difficult for our players to find a way through. Sanchez could be the key to this game, but I’m terrified that he will pick up a card and not be available for the Clasico.

    I am predicting a narrow 0-1 win for us.

  2. cliveee
    April 14, 2012

    Very tricky tie because of the time. Big games awaits at Stamford Bridge and then El Clasic, but this one is by no means any smaller game. We must beat them to maintain title hope but they beat EE on the same turf this season.

    It will be interesting to see the lineup today to find out Pep’s pressure management and resource distribution. This lineup has to keep Chelsea and Madrid in mind as this series of games will decide a lot of things.

    Bad calls no call, just win. 3 points no injury, not greedy.

    My very unlikely Lineup prediction:

    Valdes
    Alves Mascherano Pique
    Busquets
    Iniesta Keita
    Pedro Messi Tello

    • blitzen
      April 14, 2012

      Keita has a minor injury and is not in the squad.

      • cliveee
        April 14, 2012

        how dare him. Let’s go with Dos Santos.

        • blitzen
          April 14, 2012

          JDS is playing right this second with the B team. Try again! 😛

    • cliveee
      April 14, 2012

      very unlikely as we won’t start with 10 men. (laugh)

      Valdes
      Alves MAscherano Pique
      Busquets
      Iniesta Keita
      Pedro Cesc Messi Tello

  3. Momo
    April 14, 2012

    Ehhh Bayern playing dreadfully…
    Pretty sure it’s going to be a Clasico final…

    • Ryan
      April 14, 2012

      You never know with Alonso suspended!

    • jordi™
      April 14, 2012

      You mean Ramos isnt actually a goalkeeper ? O.O

  4. dean
    April 14, 2012

    Now hopefully Sporting hold on, Ronaldo gets a yellow and Christmas came early

  5. jordi™
    April 14, 2012

    Its amazing that thugs like arbeloa and pepe are some of the biggest divers in that team.

    • jordi™
      April 14, 2012

      Gotta score near the end if you want to hold out against them.

  6. mega_tajh
    April 14, 2012

    Question: Was Ramos at risk in being suspended for el classico before this game?

    • Ryan
      April 14, 2012

      I don’t think so, but Di Maria just came on and I’m pretty sure he’s a card away from missing the Clasic!

  7. dean
    April 14, 2012

    ohhh why play around with the ball..sporting idiot

  8. Ryan
    April 14, 2012

    Bah, Sporting miss a good chance at the counter and wouldn’t you know they concede on the other side.

  9. Ryan
    April 14, 2012

    LEVANTE-FCB (LINE-UP / ALINEACIÓ / ALINEACIÓN): Valdés, Puyol, Mascherano, Adriano, Xavi, Sergio B., Thiago, Pedro, Alexis, Messi and Cesc

    Let’s go!

  10. Srini
    April 14, 2012

    IMO. The most important game for Barca this season.

    Levante are a superbly organised defensive side. They are also a bunch of high IQ veterans who can get under the skin quite well – Ballesteros does that brilliantly.

    They will park the bus and will run a very fast counter led by the strong Kone who will be a handful for Puyol with pace and strength.

    And I suppose we have to root against the blaugrana today as Levante is the home side 🙂

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