Barca face Real to decide who are the Kings
Jose Mourinho must resolve a tactical dilemma when he attempts to land his first piece of silverware as Real Madrid coach in Wednesday's King's Cup final against Barcelona at Valencia's Mestalla stadium.sports Updated: Apr 20, 2011 07:14 IST
Jose Mourinho must resolve a tactical dilemma when he attempts to land his first piece of silverware as Real Madrid coach in Wednesday's King's Cup final against Barcelona at Valencia's Mestalla stadium.
The Portuguese coach went into Saturday's 1-1 La Liga draw against the same opposition with an ultra-cautious approach and will need a different strategy in the King's Cup, the second game in a four-match sequence of 'Clasico' confrontations to be played over 18 days.
Mourinho's side sat back at the Bernabeu on Saturday in the hope of stealing a goal on the break, frustrating Barca enough to prevent his opposite number Pep Guardiola making it six wins from six games against Real. It also avoided a re-run of the 5-0 thrashing Real suffered at the Nou Camp back in November.
Mourinho's decision to convert Pepe from centre-back into muscular midfield destroyer with two other holding midfielders was his major tactical change on Saturday and the player he sacrificed was Mesut Ozil.
The stylish German, however, turned the game with his darting runs and clever passes when he came on as a late substitute and Mourinho is likely to include him on Wednesday.
Argentine midfielder Javier Mascherano is back from suspension for Barcelona and could help cover if central defender Carles Puyol does not shrug off a thigh strain.
"I'll go for sure but I don't know if I'll be able to play," shaggy-haired captain Puyol told reporters.