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Duo look to keep up with leaders

Published: Thursday 23 September 2004, 6.27CET
FC Barcelona take on Real Zaragoza tonight with a place alongside leaders Valencia CF at stake for the winners.

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Published: Thursday 23 September 2004, 6.27CET

Duo look to keep up with leaders

FC Barcelona take on Real Zaragoza tonight with a place alongside leaders Valencia CF at stake for the winners.

FC Barcelona face Real Zaragoza at the Camp Nou tonight with a place alongside Primera División leaders Valencia CF at stake for the winners.

Champions on song
Both sides have made strong starts and are level on seven points after three matches, one game fewer than the champions who swept imperiously to the summit last night after thrashing RC Deportivo La Coruña 5-1 at the Riazor.

High standards
High standards for Frank Rijkaard to match, but the Barça coach is happy with what he has seen from his side so far. "It's too soon to say whether we are doing well or not," Rijkaard said. "We must work hard for one another and stick together. We know what the objectives are but we must keep our feet on the ground."

Eto'o chance
Rijkaard is without injured defender Oleguer Presas and he may make changes with next week's UEFA Champions League game against FC Shakhtar Donetsk in mind. Gabri García could be recalled to give Juliano Belletti a rest and Samuel Eto'o may start in attack in place of Henrik Larsson.

Strong start
Zaragoza were beaten 3-0 at the Camp Nou last season, but coach Víctor Muñoz is confident his side can prolong their unbeaten start to the new campaign. "We are fully aware of their style of play and potency, but that's not going to change how we approach the match," he said. "We must understand the virtues of our opponents and try to convert them into defects, but that's easier said than done."

Trio out
Muñoz is missing goalkeeper César Láinez, who has a knee injury, while defenders Agustín Aranzábal and Alvaro Maior have muscle problems.

Last updated: 23/09/04 23.29CET

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