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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
14
2
21
18
4
8
6
16 54'
17 39'
10 31' 61'
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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Friday 20 January

23:55
23:44
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23:20
22:40
21:57
21:54
21:37
20:29
20:28
19:57
19:53
19:06
18:59
18:47
18:11
17:55
17:43
17:20
17:10
16:40
16:23
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16:09
15:54
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11:58
11:39
11:31
10:07
09:59
09:16
06:31
04:18
02:30
02:03
01:34
00:41
00:08

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23:54
23:50
23:32
23:09
23:00
22:44
22:27
22:12
21:55
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21:13
20:19
19:20
18:57
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Primera División table

# Team MP D P
1 17 +30 40
2 18 +16 39
3 18 +30 38
4 18 +18 34
5 18 +5 32
6 18 +14 31
7 18 +3 28
8 18 -3 27
9 18 +1 26
10 19 -2 25
11 18 -3 23
12 18 -3 22
13 18 -5 21
14 18 -10 21
15 19 -5 19
16 18 -16 17
17 17 -7 16
18 18 -18 12
19 18 -24 10
20 18 -21 9

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