Madrid, April 15 (IANS) FC Barcelona rested key players for their Spanish Primera Liga game away to Zaragoza, but still had few problems as they cruised to a 3-0 win which takes them three points closer to the league title.
Two goals from Christian Tello and an opening strike from Thiago Alcantara gave Barca the points at the La Romareda Stadium Sunday against a Zaragoza side that is starting to look like a clear candidate for relegation, reports Xinhua.
Barca went into the game with the Champions League semi-final against Bayern Munich in mind and after assistant coach Jordi Roura had commented Saturday that the squad was tired, it was obvious the priority is to ensure the squad is in the best possible condition in 10 days’ time.
With Lionel Messi struggling with a muscle injury, Barca also left midfielders Sergio Busquets and Andres Iniesta at home, while Jordi Alba was also rested.
Javier Mascherano and Carles Puyol’s respective knee injuries meant that Tito Vilanova made sweeping changes in defence with Marc Bartra partnering Adriano with Martin Montoya fitting in at left back, while Christian Tello, Cesc Fabregas and Alexis Sanchez played in attack.
Zaragoza meanwhile went into the game in the relegation zone as a result of Deportivo la Coruna’s 4-0 win away to Levante Saturday and had little option other than to go all out for a win.
However, it is one thing trying to go for a win and another thing entirely to be able to achieve it and Manolo Jimenez’s side showed in the first 45 minutes why they have failed to win in 2013, a run stretching back 13 games.