Club Focus – Barcelona – Yellow Submarine sunk as title edges closer

Barcelona bounced back from Champions League heartache in the best possible manner on Saturday, defeating Villareal 4-1 in unexpectedly comfortable fashion. The game was notable for the fantastic performance of Xavi Hernandez, who Guardiola revealed could yet miss the World Cup due to a nagging foot injury. Another matter of significance was the fact that Coach Pepe Guardiola made the courageous decision to drop £60 million signing Zlatan Ibrahimovic from the starting line up in favour of Bojan Krkic. The starting place was largely merited by Bojan, as prior to the second leg against Inter Milan the 19 year-old striker boasted an impressive scoring run. Krkic did himself no harm in netting at El Madrigal – the stadium where, in 2007, he scored the goal that entered him into the Barcelona record books as their youngest scorer (aged 17 years and 22 days).

Ibra on the other hand, has been subject to another wave of criticism since Los Cules crashed out of the Champions League. On the face of it, many used the Swedish striker as a scapegoat for the defeat to his former employees, rolling out the usual clich

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