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28.11.2009 12:41

Pellegrini: "Barca are playing brilliant football"


Real Madrid boss Manuel Pellegrini believes that Guardiola's Barca are playing brilliantly and with a lot of “naturalness”, but warned that his team also have”plenty of quality”.

Speaking at press conference the day before the game, Manuel Pellegrini insisted, “Barca will not change the way they play, they never do, but we will go to the Nou Camp to attack”.

Real Madrid are due to leave the Spanish capital for Barcelona at 19.00 on Saturday evening.

Barca more than just individuals

2009-10-03_PARTIDO_09.JPGThe Chilean coach made it clear that: “Barca are not just Xavi, Iniesta or Messi. They are a team and they play football very well and they have great players all over the pitch”. As to his opposite number, Pellegrini had plenty of praise for Guardiola: “Pep's done a great job, even though he's a young trainer and has only just begun his career”.

Ronaldo and Albiol in squad

Cristiano Ronaldo will finally be available for the game after coming back from injury this week and his manager insisted: “ Cristiano Ronaldo is an irreplaceable player”, though he refused to reveal if the Portuguese winger would play the whole 90 minutes. Pellegrini's only doubt is Raul Albiol, who will travel with the squad, with a decision set to be made as to whether he plays on Sunday itself.
Pellegrini: “Barca are playing brilliant football“
Madrid Squad
Casillas, Dudek, Pepe, Albiol, Ramos, Marcelo, Arbeloa, Garay, Diarra, Lass, Granero, Xabi Alonso, Drenthe, Van der Vaart, Cristiano Ronaldo, Kaká, Raúl, Benzema and Higuaín.

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