Saturday, January 07, 2006

Preview: Barcelona vs. Espanyol

FC Barcelona are the leaders of Spanish League and they can extend their winning streak to 15 games in all competitions with a victory at city rivals Espanyol on Saturday.

Ronaldinho's team broke the club record last month and returned from the winter break to continue their run with a 3-1 win over third division Zamora in Tuesday's King's Cup first leg tie.

The good thing is, the players recognise that trophies and titles matter more than records. "We could win 20 or 25 games consecutively but if you don't win anything it would all be in vain," Brazilian defender Edmilson told a news conference.

"We must keep our heads clear and focus on the real goals. With each match that goes by we need to be more and more attentive.

"We still have five months to go which are crucial for the club and we need to be focused to complete what could be an exceptional season."

Coach Frank Rijkaard rested his attacking trio Samuel Eto'o, Ronaldinho and Lionel Messi during last week, and will be without defender Rafael Marquez (thigh strain) and long term injury victim Xavi.

The rivals, Espanyol, are three points above the relegation places in 14th, and they remain unbeaten in their last five games in all competitions.

Second-placed Osasuna, two points adrift of the blaugrana team, will seek to extend their 100 percent home record to 10 consecutive victories when they entertain Racing Santander on Sunday.

1 comment:

rajiv said...

Barcelona will go down! wait till u meet chelsea....

CFC for life!!!