Barça - Athletic Bilbao >> Culé Talk, plus Video

Barça must forget about their match against Milan, to refocus on La Liga, and the important game against Bielsa’s team, if they want to continue to aspire to the title. Barca, with the only doubt about the still injured Adriano, are seeking to go eleven consecutive games without defeat.

Naturally, Barca fans everywhere are looking towards our Champions League game against Milan. I know I am. However, if we wish to stay in La Liga contention we need to beat a very good Bilbao team tonight. We cannot afford any more dropped points. Given that we play after Madrid's game at Osasuna, we may have an opportunity to close within three points of Madrid.

I am expecting a few of our key players to be rested for the Milan game. It is crucial that the guys that come in do the job. It will be very interesting to see which players do come into the team. I would expect Cesc to play possibly instead of Xavi, but the Catalan press reports he may be struggling with a minor back injury.

A few of our talented youngsters are also likely to play, Tello needs more playing time to show us what he's worth. Ideally, Puyol would be rested but I am not sure if Guardiola will dare to give Muniesa a chance as left back. Check out Barcablog's Preferred lineup for this match here.

Regardless of who plays, we need to win to continue to put pressure of Mourinho and his mindless followers.


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