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Rivaldo backs Barca to win El Clasico

6 October 2012 09:08

Rivaldo believes Barcelona have what it takes to bag the three points in Sunday's Liga match against Real Madrid at Camp Nou.

Barca beat their arch-rivals 3-2 at home in the Spanish Supercopa earlier this season after Real Madrid won the league title in 2011/12.

Rivaldo, who played for Barcelona for five years beginning in 1997, believes Real Madrid face a tough task in Catalunya.

"It’s a difficult match. Complicated. You never know what’s going to happen because Madrid have a great side and they’ve won at Camp Nou in the past," he told the club's website.

"But playing at home, I think Barca can win."

The Brazilian then went on to praise Tito Vilanova and said the coach would be successful at the club.

"Vilanova is a brilliant coach. Now, being (Pep) Guardiola’s replacement, who did a great job, he has a good opportunity," Rivaldo said.

"I’m sure he’ll succeed, because he has a team that plays really well – they make football easy. I think things will go well for him."

Rivaldo also had words of praise for Lionel Messi and the other Barca players.

"I really like humble players like Messi. I think that all the Barcelona players are humble. That’s why they do what they do," he said.

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Competition
Primera División
Date
7 October 2012
Game week
7
Kick-off
19:50
Half-time
1 - 1
Full-time
2 - 2
Venue
Camp Nou (Barcelona)
Attendance
95000

Goals

0 - 1
23' Cristiano Ronaldo
 (assist by K. Benzema)
L. Messi 31'  
1 - 1
L. Messi 61'  
2 - 1
2 - 2
66' Cristiano Ronaldo
 (assist by M. Özil)

Lineups

# Player Bookings
1
2
21
18
14
4
8
6
16 54'
10 31' 61'
17 39'
Coach: Tito Vilanova
# Player Bookings
1
4
3 78'
17 90'
12
14 43'
10 58'
6
22
7 23' 66'
9
Coach: José Mourinho

Substitutes

# Player Bookings
19
9
7
13
15
25
28
# Player Bookings
20
8
15
5
13
18
19

Friday 30 January

Thursday 29 January

22:15
21:41
21:23
21:02
20:50
20:47
19:42
19:28
19:27
19:08
18:17
18:14
18:05
18:02
17:41
17:26
17:14
16:46
16:26
16:16
16:12
15:57
15:52
15:48
15:37
15:14
14:59
14:44
14:07
13:36
13:31
13:21
13:00
12:34
12:16
12:13
12:01
11:19
10:19
09:58
09:43
09:40
05:48
04:32
04:00
03:41
03:11
02:24
02:24
01:49
00:24

Wednesday 28 January

23:58
23:48
23:39
23:07
22:58
22:49
21:43
21:25
21:00
20:59
20:58
20:33
18:46
18:28
18:20
18:09
17:54
17:51
17:44
17:32
17:05
16:48
16:34
16:16
15:46
15:41
15:36
14:15
14:09
13:41
13:29
13:25
13:07
12:55
12:13
12:10
11:50
11:37
10:42
10:29
10:22
09:49
09:45
09:17
06:43
06:05
05:24
04:36
03:27
01:02

Primera División table

# Team MP D P
1 19 +48 48
2 20 +45 47
3 20 +21 44
4 20 +20 41
5 19 +11 39
6 20 +16 38
7 20 +2 32
8 20 -2 27
9 20 -4 26
10 20 -15 23
11 20 -4 22
12 20 -4 21
13 20 -10 20
14 20 -12 20
15 20 -14 18
16 20 -17 18
17 20 -23 17
18 20 -16 16
19 20 -22 16
20 20 -20 15

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