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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

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Primera División table

# Team MP D P
1 32 +70 78
2 32 +67 76
3 32 +35 69
4 32 +31 65
5 32 +21 63
6 32 +14 52
7 32 -3 46
8 32 -5 43
9 32 +3 42
10 32 -1 42
11 32 -21 41
12 32 -7 38
13 32 -17 36
14 32 -27 34
15 32 -16 31
16 32 -30 29
17 32 -25 28
18 32 -23 28
19 32 -36 25
20 32 -30 20

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