Unai Emery, manager of Spartak Moscow, comes into tomorrow’s match “with one idea, winning,” even though he admits that the Russian side is making its debut in the Champions League “in one of the most dangerous grounds.” The ex-Almería and Valencia manager, who has never beaten FC Barcelona, believes that this Wednesday is a good chance to break is losing streak against the Azulgranas: “I’ve never had the privilege of beating Barça. There are few that are chosen for this privilege - they only lose two or three games a year. Every time I get the chance, I try to beat them.”
For José Manuel Jurado, the key to winning at the Camp Nou is “being patient and being efficient.”
FC Barcelona’s first team trained at the Camp Nou this afternoon in preparation for tomorrow’s Champions League match against Spartak Moscow. It was the first Champions League training session of the season at the Camp Nou, and the first training session of the week after the team had the day off on Monday.
Alexis, without the medical all-clear, named to the team; Alba to miss the match
Even though the Chilean forward doesn’t have the green light to play he was named to the 19-man team for tomorrow’s match. Carles Puyol won’t feature against Spartak after picking up an injury this Sunday against Getafe.
As is tradition for Champions League games at the Camp Nou, the team will spend the night at hotel Majestic. Tomorrow morning the team will train at 12.00 at the stadium. At 13.30, the players will return to the hotel, where they will eat and rest until kick off time at 20.45.
Here’s the list of players Tito Vilanova named to Barça’s team for tomorrow’s match: Valdés, Pinto, Alves, Piqué, Fàbregas, Xavi, Villa, Messi, Thiago, Mascherano, Sergio, Pedro Montoya, Adriano, Song, Bartra, Alexis, Tello and Deulofeu.