The Russian climate, the worst enemy of Barcelona

The set of Tito Vilanova need to add a point to seal the mathematical classification to the next round of the Champions League.

Barcelona will face this afternoon at Spartak Moscow in Lujniki stadium with capacity for 80,000 people and artificial grass. The heat will put fans and players, since, in the Russian capital freezing temperatures are expected during the match and this, precisely, could be the handicap for the Catalans. Despite the weather, the team will attempt to certify Tito Vilanova with a knockout win ticket for a draw but has enough.

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Opposite Spartak Moscow’s old acquaintance Unai Emery in fourteen games still does not know how to win at Barca. The Russian club is bottom of Group G with three points and need to win or yes. That’s why from Barca does neither trust nor hair of Spartak after the first leg at the Camp Nou, where the Russians got to get ahead on the scoreboard before the comeback cule.

To achieve the goal, Tito Vilanova has about artillery Barca recovered Sergio Busquets, who returns after a two-match absence through suspension in European competition, Pique and Puyol are already fully recovered and Cesc and Alves are a point behind the rest against Zaragoza League. Regarding the starting lineup, Tito did not rule out returning to play with the quartet Busquets, Xavi, Iniesta, Cesc. Meanwhile, David Villa also could get his first start of the season in the Champions League.

The coach does not give the Barcelona for classified and said at a press conference Spartak “complicate things a lot” because it is a tough opponent. “Let’s try as we did in Glasgow, we have another opportunity and if we do not succeed then you have to go to secure Barcelona. But it is normal, people believe that the League is easy and no, no way, all opponents are very demanding.”

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