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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

Monday 20 February

23:06
22:24
21:30
20:08
20:03
19:36
19:34
19:09
18:55
18:52
18:17
17:42
17:18
17:04
16:52
16:42
16:31
16:14
16:03
15:46
15:24
15:17
14:43
14:31
14:06
13:50
13:38
13:09
12:54
12:39
12:30
11:42
11:26
11:16
11:02
10:40
08:51
08:19
08:00
07:04
05:00
03:44
01:56
01:50
01:27
01:04
00:59
00:26
00:17
00:07

Sunday 19 February

23:47
23:20
23:02
22:56
22:46
20:09
19:59
19:44
19:40
19:12
18:26
18:06
17:56
17:50
17:46
17:33
17:27
17:16
17:12
16:59
16:32
15:49
14:41
13:17
12:19
11:03
10:15
09:41
07:41
04:21
03:18
02:59
01:54
01:26
00:50
00:35
00:22

Primera División table

# Team MP D P
1 21 +38 52
2 23 +44 51
3 23 +18 49
4 23 +24 45
5 23 +4 41
6 23 +15 39
7 23 +5 35
8 23 +0 35
9 22 +0 33
10 23 -1 32
11 23 -6 30
12 23 -3 28
13 23 -6 26
14 22 -13 24
15 22 -9 23
16 22 -9 19
17 23 -23 18
18 23 -22 16
19 23 -28 16
20 23 -28 10

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