Wednesday, 6 May 2009

Will Henry play tonight?

Asked about the chances that Barcelona forward Thierry Henry will play tonight, Barcelona manager Josep Guardiola said yesterday at a press conference that there are serious doubts about the player's fitness:

"Henry is uncertain for the game... Quite uncertain, very uncertain... We'll see how he feels tomorrow morning."

Catalan sports paper Sport claims that Henry didn't pass a last test yesterday. He's still feeling pain in his right knee and will almost certainly not be part of the team tonight. Catalan sports paper El Mundo Deportivo claims that everything indicates that Henry will start on the bench.

Catalan newspaper El Periódico claims that Henry won't play against Chelsea and Catalan television channel TV3 claims that the decision that Henry won't play has already been taken, despite the player wanting to take the risk. All media agree that, if Henry doesn't play, Iniesta will move to the left wing and Keita will play in midfield.

Barcelona assistant coach Tito Vilanova told the club's official media that the decision will be made shortly before the start of the game: "During the day, we will monitor the evolution of his injury and we'll decide later if he plays or not. In the warming-up, we'll test if he's able to play some minutes, the whole game or not at all. The medical staff and the player will have to decide what will happen and inform us."


groga said...

Would be great if it would all be a mind game and Henry just appears on the pitch!

KluivertsBoots said...

Tactically, this is actually a blessing in disguise despite Henry's English experience.

We need a more physical presence in central midfield to win our possession back as Chelsea must be more adventurous this time.

Xavi can have his usual freedom with Keita/Toure/Busquets available to provide the bite.

Give Iniesta-Samu-Messi the freedom to be fluid up front and interchange, particularly Messi-Samu. Chelsea won't be able to handle that in a more open game.

I'm convinced Chelsea will play for the counter. Their players are not built for pinging the ball around and dominating possession. I expect them to be more aggressive in attack, but they will not be foolhardy like Real.

Knives Out said...

Second groga.

Carrer de Corsega said...

Kluivertsboots might be right in that sense, but the problem here is that we are really stretched thin. There won't be many options left for Pep if he wants to or needs to make some tactical changes.

NouBarca said...

How I miss you TITI. I still beleive we can win this. 1-0 down at HT.

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