The reserve sides of the Spanish league’s two most successful teams meet at the Mini Estadi this evening (17.00) in a clash of footballing philosophies
With a guaranteed full house at the Mini and there’s bound to be a great atmosphere as the fans get behind Eusebio Sacristán’s youngsters
Barça B welcome back Oier Olazábal and Rafinha, but will be without the injured Sergi Juste and Sergi Roberto, whilst for the Madrid team the suspended Jesé is the main absentee
Given the importance of the game, the Club offered every member a free ticket for the match and by last Tuesday all the tickets had been snapped up. This means that members will only be allowed in with a valid ticket and not, as is usually the case, simply by showing their membership card.
Barça B and Real Madrid Castilla should provide a great first course ahead of the main dish between Barça and Osasuna at the Camp Nou tonight.
When these two clubs come up against each other at any level, there’s a great sense of expectation - something confirmed this week by the selling out of tickets for the game by Tuesday . The two teams both play great attacking, intense football, but with contrasting styles that reflect the different philosophies of the game at both clubs.
Festival of academy football
The Miniestadi will be the scene for a great festival of academy football, with 15,000 expected at the game to watch the “miniclassico” between tomorrow’s stars. The Club will be handing out 8,000 Barça flags and the fans are bound to create a great atmosphere in support of Eusebio’s young players.
Olazábal and Rafinha available again
Eusebio Sacristán will be able to call on Rafinha and Oier Olazábal for the first time in 2013. The keeper has served a three match ban after his red card against Girona, whilst on Wednesday Rafinha returned from the South American Under-20 Tournament, where he had been representing Brazil. The injured Sergi Roberto and Sergio Juste will, however, both be missing.
RM Castilla’s main absentee is the suspended Jesé , the league’s leading scorer – together with Gerard Deulofeu and Oriol Riera with 12. The Madrid coach Toril will also be without his suspended centre half Mateos.