So this was what Guus Hiddink had in mind when he visualised this Champions League encounter.
A plan that was plucked from the darkest recesses of his tactical brain. A plan that betrayed the natural attacking instincts of a coach from Holland but a plan that, against this brilliant Barcelona side, worked impressively well.
This, presumably, was what Hiddink meant when he said that reality can sometimes be cruel on the eve of this intriguing tie.
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It was cruel on those who came here anticipating a gran clasico of a contest and cruelon a team who, for all their efforts to demonstrate their considerablestyle and skill, ran into an impenetrable yellow brick wall.
When Hiddink was asked just before kick-off how he planned tosurvive when no team had left the Nou Camp this season having stoppedBarcelona from scoring, hisresponse was short and to the point. 'By becoming the first.'
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