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    Lliga | Round 23: Athletic Bilbao - FC Barcelona 0-0

    La Liga Round 23

    Sunday, 10 February, 20:45

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    Hopefully some rotations here. Team seems to be running on fumes especially towards the end of games...
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    my lineup


    (4-3-3) MATS---Semedo, Pique, Lenglet, Bob---Vidal, Busi, Alena---Malcom, Messi, Dembele

    Subs: Boateng for Dembele (if we have a good scoreline), Murillo for Pique (if we have a good scoreline), Rakitic for Busi or Alena.



    -Back 5 needs no explanation since Alba is suspended.
    -I think Vidal is very useful in away games as we’ll need his intensity and fighting mentality.
    -Dembele should be fit enough to play the whole game; if not, then play Messi-Boateng-Malcom.
    -Malcom looked hurt vs RM, but if he’s fit to play, I would play him to keep his confidence going.
    -If Messi is not 100%, I would seriously consider playing Boateng instead of Suarez in the #9 position as Suarez looked very tired lately and that doesn’t help him or the team.
    -Rakitic, Suarez, Coutinho played a lot of games recently so I would give them a full rest for this game.

    EDIT: seeing as Arthur is injured, replace him with Alena
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    --------------MATS------------
    Semedo-Murillo-Lenglet-Roberto
    ------------Rakitic-----------
    -------Alena-------Vidal------
    Malcom-------Messi-----Dembele

    Subs:
    Rakitic for Busi at HT
    Coutinho for Alena
    Boateng for Dembele

    Try and rest Arthur. If things go tits up, sub in Alba and Arthur.

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    Last time we played Athletic at San Mamés ended in a 2-0 victory.

    Midfield looked like this:
    Gomes, Busi, Rakitic, Paulinho

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    Tough schedule. Don't know how many rotations we'll see but honestly we can play guys like Alena or Vidal or Boateng no problem as Rakitic, Suarez and few others suck.

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    Lineup for me depends a lot on the Real-Ateletico match... hopefully they draw.

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    Another classic in Spain. In fact one of the most played games in Spanish football history to date. Top 3, if I recall. At the San Mamés too. Won't be easy at all given Athletic's recent form and the fact that we played a relatively demanding cup game yesterday night. However at least there will be 4 full days of rest before the game Sunday night.

    A very important game as we have a relatively easy league game against Valladolid at the Camp Nou next week before the away game against Lyon and Sevilla. Not to mention that the Derbi Madrileño will be played this weekend and thus one of our two biggest rivals is certain to drop points. This opportunity should be taken especially given the draw against Valencia.

    I would like to see Dembélé if match fit. Messi should not be risked if he is still not 100% ready. In fact he should probably not have been risked yesterday night at all as well. We clearly dominated without Messi in that second half.

    Other than that I feel that Malcom earned a place in the starting lineup. In particular if Dembélé is not yet ready. Vidal and Aleñá should start. Semedo too given his good performance yesterday night. However knowing Valverde, Roberto will play and thus Semedo won't improve his recent momentum. Anyway can't ask for everything.
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    Will Dembele be back for this game? I am reading that Valverde is not sure whether Messi would be fit to play on Sunday. We will definitely need one of these two for this tough game.
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    Not too many rotations please. We can do that against Valldolid at home next week and there will be a full week without a game anyway.
    Just don't risk Messi if he is not fully fit. And it is time for a Suarez brace or hat trick to win the game, has almost been a month since the last one. So your time to shine Luisito.

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    Must win game. Best possible team here. Madrid is likely to draw vs Atletico, so that means we will have a +8 lead over 2nd place with a win here. This could be an important step in our attempt to win the 4th La Liga in 5 seasons.

    Valladolid is perfect for heavy rotation before the Lyon game.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Andresito View Post
    Last time we played Athletic at San Mamés ended in a 2-0 victory.

    Midfield looked like this:
    Gomes, Busi, Rakitic, Paulinho


    Must win. Can't afford losing more points.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FCBfan22 View Post
    --------------MATS------------
    Semedo-Murillo-Lenglet-Roberto
    ------------Rakitic-----------
    -------Alena-------Vidal------
    Malcom-------Messi-----Dembele

    Subs:
    Rakitic for Busi at HT
    Coutinho for Alena
    Boateng for Dembele

    Try and rest Arthur. If things go tits up, sub in Alba and Arthur.
    Alba is suspended, so he won't play either way.

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    So Miranda time?
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    We have Lyon coming up and we have a healthy lead (which might increase due to Madrid derby). The guys calling for gala XI will then complain if we are on fumes against Lyon. Some sensible rotations please.

    --------------MATS------------
    Semedo-Murillo-Lenglet-Roberto
    ------------Rakitic-----------
    -------Alena-------Vidal------
    Malcom-------Messi-----Dembele

    Sub out Raki for Busi after 60 minutes
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