Wednesday, May 06, 2009
On the Road to Rome, we'll Channel Hannibal
Update: the lineups are out. Chelsea bring Anelka into the side in place of Obi Mikel, so they'll have two wide attackers instead of one. As expected, they have a more adventurous formation than what they showed in Catalunya.
Barca have elected to put Yaya Toure in the central back spot with Sergi Busquets coming into the team to play defensive midfield. Because of injuries and suspensions, only one of the three normal starting midfielders is in his customary spot. I like Toure a lot, but I can't say that I've seen him in the center back role in order to form an impression. The devil that I don't know is better than the devils I do, as I've seen both Caceres and Abidal at center back and neither were very impressive. Toure is strong in the air and that had to be a factor. Communication and positioning will be critical.