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27 Apr 2009 18:30:00

Quality matters for Barca boss Pep

Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola will field his strongest possible side in the Champions League semi-final first leg with Chelsea at the Nou Camp.Barca travel to Real Madrid for a key Primera Liga clash on Saturday, which will go a long way to deciding the outcome of this season's title, but Guardiola says he is only thinking about Tuesday's game at this stage."I'll start thinking about Madrid on Wednesday," he said in Monday night's pre-match press conference.Barcelona's 23-man squad undertook light training at the stadium, with Argentina defender Gabi Milito missing out.The former Zaragoza defender has been sidelined for almost a year with a serious knee injury picked up in last season's Champions League semi-final against Manchester United.This season, the Catalans have been using a new machine which detects when players are at risk of injury.The 'Omegawave' machine has allowed Guardiola to rest players at key times this term and with the team still going strong in three competitions, Barcelona have no serious injuries with just over a month of the season still remaining.Lionel Messi was rested for the 4-0 thrashing of Sevilla last Wednesday due to a stomach complaint, but returned for the team's 2-2 draw at Valencia on Saturday.Thierry Henry started on the bench at Mestalla, but came on to score a crucial late equaliser and will be restored to the starting line-up on Tuesday.The Frenchman's return will see Andres Iniesta revert to his usual role in the centre of midfield, alongside Xavi.


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