FC Barcelona vs Benfica match preview – Uefa Champions League Group G 2012/13

4 Dec

Barça take on Benfica at Camp Nou tomorrow night in the final round of matches in Uefa Champions League Group G. Having already confirmed top spot in the group after taking 12 points from the five games so far, Barça have nothing but pride and the prize money awarded for the points to play for, and Tito Vilanova has rested Xavi, Alba, Mascherano, Pedro, Fabregas and Iniesta for the game. However, there is the enormous appeal of the inclusion in the squad of Leo Messi who could equal or beat Gerd Müller’s record of 85 goals in 1972, while youngsters Gerard Deulofeu, Sergi Gomez, Carles Planas, Rafa ‘Rafinha’ Alcántara, Sergi Roberto and Cristian Tello are also in Vilanova’s 18-man squad to add to the attraction.Messi’s ever-increasing effectiveness in front of goal suggests that those who brave the cold tomorrow may well be rewarded with a historical feat. That any player should arrive at 60 top-level goals in one calendar year in the modern game is a truly tremendous achievement, and yes you can include Cristiano in that one.

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