Accustomed to rotate in goal, defense and midfield, conditioned only by the absence of a natural substitute Jordi Alba, a structural deficiency that has not corrected in the winter market, Barcelona has many more difficulties to mix well in the front because Dembélé, Luis Suárez and Messi have no substitutes for their category, not even momentarily in the case of Coutinho. Malcolm and Boateng played as holders in Sevilla in the first leg of the quarterfinals of the Cup and Barça lost 2-0. Reached the semifinals, do not know very well right now who can count Valverde to receive on Wednesday to Madrid.
Although he has stated that he is recovered from his knee discomfort, Luis Suárez It needs to be dosed, a circumstance that has not occurred in the last games against Girona, Sevilla and Valencia. Dembélé recovered from the sprained ankle that occurred against Leganés when he was affected by a flu process that seriously compromises his reappearance in the Cup classic. And the extent of Messi's injury is not yet known. It only transpired that on Saturday he suffered a contracture against Valencia – yesterday broadcast some photographs with his children – and if necessary today he will have an ultrasound to evaluate his call against Madrid.
Valverde has had a special care with Messi in the Cup. He was not even called for the game of Nervión and has only lined up in the last two meetings of the Camp Nou with Sevilla and Levante. It does not seem that the Argentine is going to force his alignment in the match against Madrid. Although the messidependence has sharpened lately, after the Rosario accumulate 16 consecutive days of LaLiga scoring -17 of the 21 goals he adds-, the team has also managed to compete without Messi when he got injured in an elbow against Sevilla. The azulgrana played very well against Inter and also thrashed Madrid in LaLiga. The azulgrana forward was formed that day by Rafinha, Luis Suarez and Coutinho. The entry of Dembélé by Coutinho (m.73) was, however, decisive to understand the 5-1.
Messi did not play either in 2007, the year in which Madrid won at Camp Nou with a goal from Baptista, and in 2015 he played half an hour at the Bernabéu, already with 0-3 on the scoreboard, in a game that ended 0-4. The numbers say that 10 has stopped playing 80 games since the 2008-2009 academic year and the number of defeats amounts to 11. The series can be lengthened now in the first leg if you take into account that the round will be in Madrid.
The field factor has not always been decisive if one takes into account that Barça manages better in the Bernabéu while Madrid had two draws and two wins in their last visits to the Camp Nou until the last 5-1. The azulgrana, for the rest, have ceased to be infallible in their stadium: of the five draws that have yielded, three have been at home -Girona, Athletic and Valencia- and has also added a defeat against Betis.
Once transferred Munir and Alcácer, they need the azulgrana of the contribution of Messi (29 goals in total), Luis Suárez (16) and Dembélé (13). The contribution of Coutinho has waned (8) despite his good performance against Sevilla. The Brazilian disappointed again against Valencia and if it has remained in the formation has been by the injury of Dembélé. Malcom, meanwhile, only counts two goals and Boateng only played a few minutes in Nervión. A Valverde will not be easy to square the lineup in Wednesday's classic at the Camp Nou.