The Barca coach had to call-up three defenders from the reserve team because of the team's injuries...Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola has called up three defenders from the Barca reserve squad to train with the first team in preparation for Barcelona's Liga fixture this weekend at Atletico de Madrid in the Vicente Calderon, as reported by Sport.
Barca's back line is thoroughly decimated by injuries to Dani Alves, Eric Abidal, Yaya Toure and Dmytro Chygrynskiy. Add to that suspensions for Rafa Marquez and Gerard Pique, who currently sits 4th in the Castrol Ranking System, and Guardiola has just three defenders at his disposal from the first team for this weekend's match: Carles Puyol, Gabi Milito and Maxwell. This has prompted the tactitian to call up Alberto Dalmau, Marc Bartra and Marc Muniesan from the second string.
Bartra and Muniesa customarily occupy the central positions in defence while Dalmau operates as a right-back.
Guardiola also counted on Barca youth player Jonathan dos Santos in training today, but he is not anticipated to take on a starting role in the weekend fixture.
Carles Puyol continued to train on his own in order to regain his fitness in time for the crucial Liga duel with Atletico. Also of note, former Valladolid coach Jose Luis Mendilibar was present at Barcelona's training and observed Guardiola's title-winning methodology.