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Which Barcelona will we see in Malaga?

Aug 24 2013, 5:18am CDT | by IANS

Madrid, Aug 24 (IANS) Will the real Barcelona stand up to be counted Sunday when Tata Martino's side make the potentially tricky trip to play Malaga in the La Rosaleda Stadium?

Madrid, Aug 24 — Will the real Barcelona stand up to be counted Sunday when Tata Martino's side make the potentially tricky trip to play Malaga in the La Rosaleda Stadium? The past seven days have...

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Which Barcelona will we see in Malaga?

Aug 24 2013, 5:18am CDT | by IANS

Madrid, Aug 24 (IANS) Will the real Barcelona stand up to be counted Sunday when Tata Martino's side make the potentially tricky trip to play Malaga in the La Rosaleda Stadium?

Madrid, Aug 24 — Will the real Barcelona stand up to be counted Sunday when Tata Martino's side make the potentially tricky trip to play Malaga in the La Rosaleda Stadium?

The past seven days have seen two different Barcas: the side that swept Levante aside 7-0 on the opening day of the BBVA Primera Liga campaign and the side that struggled to a 1-1 draw in the first leg of the Spanish Supercup against an Atletico Madrid, hustled and bustled and barely gave them room to breathe, reports Xinhua.

Early season fitness could partly explain the midweek problems as players work themselves into their best shape, but there is also another factor - one that will have to be born in mind Sunday.

Lionel Messi only lasted 45 minutes ednesday night before leaving with a hamstring injury on his left leg, which the club confirmed after tests and although the club failed to rule out Messi playing in Malaga, given his importance over the season, he is unlikely to be risked.

The Argentine, who is so important to his side had been almost five seasons without suffering a serious injury before he was injured April 2, but since then he has played 90 minutes on just one occasion: the return leg of the Champions League semifinal which Barca lost 0-3 at home to Bayern Munich.

With the return leg of the Supercup next week, Martino will reserve Messi for the chance to lift the first silverware of the campaign and that could well open the door for Neymar to start. The Brazilian, who is Barca's only signing of the summer to date, showed he is working himself into form and fitness by heading home the equalising goal against Atletico and could well get the nod in the Rosaleda.

Cesc Fabregas could also return to the side. He scored twice against Levante and although he is not Messi, the Spain international has the gift of being able to drop into midfield and then arrive almost unnoticed in the rival penalty area to score vital goals.

If Cesc and Neymar both start in Malaga, then Pedro Rodriguez could be the player to drop down to the bench, but he is almost certain to see action in the game as Neymar, who is also working on a program to help gain weight, is still not in condition to play the full 90 minutes.

Martino could make some rotations in the face of a busy schedule with Adriano having the chance of playing at left back ahead of Jordi Alba, who had a tough night Wednesday.

Meanwhile spare a thought for Malaga coach Berndt Schuster: the experienced German, who played for both Barca and Real Madrid, has inherited a squad, which lost key players such as Joaquin Sanchez, Julio Cesar Baptista, Isco, Javier Saviola and Martin Demichelis over the summer as the reality of financial problems took hold.

When asked in his Friday press conference what he would do if he had a budget as big as Barca's, Schuster answered wit humour: "I'd give myself a pay rise."

Friday night saw Athletic Club Bilbao win 2-0 against Osasuna to claim their second win in two games and move temporarily top of the La Liga table.

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Liverpool seek cut-price deal for Malaga keeper Guillermo Ochoa

Nov 4 2014 5:27am CST | Source: Tribalfootball.com

Liverpool are hoping to do business with Malaga over goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa for a cut-price fee. NO, This article does not meet Newsnow guidelines read ...
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7 weeks ago

Liverpool Linked With £3.9m Bid for World Cup Star

Nov 3 2014 7:17am CST | Source: CaughtOffside

Mexican international on Anfield wish-list. Liverpool's ongoing search for a fresh goalkeeping option will apparently take Brendan Rodgers to Spain with the club keen on Malaga custodian Guillermo Ochoa according to TuttoMercato. Read more: Read more Liverpool FC news. Higuain Liverpool: Anfield side want Argentine ace The 29 year old greatly impressed at the World Cup finals before completing a summer move to La Liga side Malaga having spent the previous three years at ...
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7 weeks ago

Moyes wanted by Real Sociedad

Nov 3 2014 2:48am CST | Source: Winner Sports

David Moyes could be making a return to management with Real Sociedad. The former Manchester United boss wants to restore his reputation in football following his woeful ten months in charge at Old Trafford. Sociedad boss Jagoba Arrasate was sacked on Sunday and sources in Spain have said Moyes is a target as his replacement. Arrasate was fired by the Basque club after a disappointing start to the campaign that has left them in the La Liga relegation zon ...
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7 weeks ago

Manchester United Flop David Moyes A Leading Contender For Real Sociedad After They Sack Manager

Nov 2 2014 3:46pm CST | Source: CaughtOffside

Sociedad dumped Jagoba Arrasate after defeat to Malaga. Former Manchester United and Everton manager David Moyes could be set to make a surprise return to football management in La Liga, report the Mirror, with the Scot on the list of candidates to replace Jagoba Arrasate at Real Sociedad after a 1-0 defeat to Malaga this weekend spelled the end for the Basque club's coach. SEE MORE: Tottenham player ratings Aston Villa Manchester United ...
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7 weeks ago

Real Sociedad sack Jagoba Arrasate

Nov 2 2014 2:42pm CST | Source: inside spanish football

Real Sociedad have sacked manager Jagoba Arrasate after last night’s loss to Malaga left the Basque side in the relegation zone, a run that has seen them lose four of their last six matches. A statement from the club on Sunday evening confirmed that Arrasate had b ...
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7 weeks ago

Arrasate: The situation has gone from bad to worse

Nov 2 2014 1:45am CDT | Source: inside spanish football

Real Sociedad manager Jagoba Arrasate was left without answers following his side’s 0-1 loss to Malaga on Saturday evening at Anoeta and admitted that following the team’s downfall, this could be his final match as manager for the club. In his post-match press conference, Arra ...
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7 weeks ago

Gracia: Right now we’re focused on Eibar, nothing more

Nov 2 2014 1:09am CDT | Source: inside spanish football

Malaga manager Javi Gracia was satisfied with his side’s 0-1 win over Real Sociedad on Saturday evening at Anoeta and feels that they took a risk and it paid off in a victory. In his post-match press conference, Gracia dismissed talk of the team being in the Eu ...
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7 weeks ago

Malaga chief admits Liverpool target Ochoa could leave

Oct 30 2014 5:47am CDT | Source: Tribalfootball.com

Malaga cannot rule out selling Liverpool target Guillermo Ochoa in January. The Daily Star says Liverpool could renew their interest in Mexico keeper Ochoa. NO, This article ...
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7 weeks ago

Darder: We want to continue our good run of results and try and impose our style of play

Oct 30 2014 1:30am CDT | Source: inside spanish football

Malaga midfielder Sergi Darder feels that his side is on a positive run and that manager Javi Gracia has prepared them for the long-haul as they look to get a positive result against Real Sociedad this weekend. In his recent press conference via the club’s website, Darder spoke about is team’s performances, following th ...
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7 weeks ago

Abel: We can get a positive result against the champions

Oct 30 2014 1:15am CDT | Source: inside spanish football

Cordoba captain Abel Gomez feels that his side, despite not winning a game yet this season, is confident they can go into the Vicente Calderon this weekend and get a positive result against the reigning La Liga champions, Atletico Madrid. In Wednesday’s press conference, Abel first spoke about the disapp ...
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