Barcelona haven’t been doing too well lately as they lost their first leg tie 2-0 to AC Milan in the Champions League, and were beaten twice by Real Madrid last week, and apart from the first half against AC Milan they didn’t look like the Barcelona team of old.
There’s no Lionel Messi on the Swansea side
Barcelona play the game by keeping the ball and being very patient, and of course if the opposition doesn’t get the ball, they cannot be that threatening – and it’s also the way the Spain National side plays.
It’s true there are some similarities between Swansea City and Barcelona – with the big difference being that Barca have world-class players and Swansea don’t.
Swansea had most of the play on Saturday as Newcastle backed off in the first 45 minutes, but it was completely different in the second half, when Newcastle attacked Swansea and didn’t give their players any time on the ball, and it was an excellent tactical change made by Alan Pardew at half time – and yes – we should have won the game.
Cheick Tiote has compared Swansea to Barcelona, and he looks forward to what will be a tough encounter for the lads in Russia on Thursday night against Anzhi Makhachkala :
“They play like Barca.” “Everyone knows about Swansea. They pass the ball well and it’s difficult to play against them.” “If you don’t have the ball, they’re difficult to play against. You’re chasing the ball all the time and it’s not easy to do that.”
“Thursday is a very tough game. We are playing away which always puts pressure on you because the home team knows how important it is to win the first game.”
“For us we have to do everything we can to get a good result. It will be a good experience for everyone out in Russia.”
“I have never played against Samuel Eto’o but he is one of the top strikers in the world. We have a chance though. We can go out there and get a top result.”
Alan Pardew will be putting a good team out on Thursday night but we should see players like Danny Simpson, Massadio Haidara, Vurnon Anita and Shola Ameobi start this game, and obviously a draw would be a very good result for us – and then we have the second leg a week on Thursday at St. James’ Park.
It’s going to be interesting to see how we come out of the match on Thursday night – but we must win against Stoke City on Sunday afternoon in the Premier League – that’s the most important thing.
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