Capello: Luis Enrique’s problem is his central midfield
Former Real Madrid boss Fabio Capello has experience of managing both in Spain and Serie A across his coaching career, and the Italian has offered an opinion on Barcelona ahead of their Champions League clash with Juventus.
His point of view focused on the form of Luis Enrique’s side in recent weeks, and gave further detail into the area of the field that he believes could be something of a weakness for their opponents to exploit.
“I expect a very even 180 minutes and if you were to ask me about the chances of going through, I’d say 50-50,” Capello told Corriere dello Sport.
“The problem for Luis Enrique is the centre of the park. He has an incredible attack, but in midfield he doesn’t have Xavi – who has never been properly replaced – and Iniesta has suffered injuries.
“On the other hand, Real Madrid have made very good signings and above all picked the time to do it well, while Barcelona haven’t reinforced their squad as they may have liked to.”
Luis Enrique, however, does have a front three that is potentially the best in world football, which Capello recognises.
“The three are excellent in terms of quality and creativity, but above all they provide the perfect mix of attributes. [Luis] Suarez is the centre forward that Barcelona had been looking for for a while, Neymar has improved a lot and [Lionel] Messi is the same phenomenon as always. This front three is frightening.”
Barca’s trident, however, comes up against a fearsome defence. Capello believes that it could be a case of an unstoppable force hitting an immovable object.
“It will be a hard test for them, but the defenders at Juventus are champions. They will need to be alert, and above all they need to make sure that they play until the final whistle. They know what happened to PSG.”