Quick question, why has there been no similar injury nightmare, bare bones, playing the youth team, type articles like there were about Man Ure giving them all the sympathy and excuses prepared incase Mourinho PWNED them again!
Mr Ferguson joked about playing Carrick in defence but that's what Rafa had to do with Masch. With Rafa it is "Crazy man plays people out of position" and with Mr Ferguson it is "Severe injuries forces Sir Alex to desparate measures".
ANYWAY, now that is off my chest,
Arbeloa - Carragher - Skrtel - Aurelio
Mascherano - Alonso
Kuyt - Gerrard - Dossena
I don't think Torres will be fit in time. And even if he is, given the punishment he received in the first league, I think the same again could rule him out even longer. If that team can hold out or nick a goal, then great... and if not, we have the option of bringing Torres on against a more weary legged Madrid who maybe don't have the energy to injure him with the first tackle!
I don't want to see Babel starting out wide as Ramos loves getting forward and could cause us no end of nightmares if he isn't tracked back. You can see it's a negative attitude but for me it's common sense. If you allow them to have the freedom to be 2 on 1 with Aurelio all game in attack then it will kill us.
I also think it's harsh dropping N'Gog for Babel given their last performances however leading the line against Sunderand and against Real Madrid are two different prospects. I imagine getting bullied all game by Pepe and Cannavaro not allowing him near the ball all game would be worse for his confidence than doing a stint on the bench. Plus, I'm sure he's realistic enough to know that he is still a kid and won't start every game anyway! Whereas Babel has a point to prove and I reckon there will be plenty of pace for him to exploit. I just hope he can. He isn't going to play on merit so it really is do or die for him this game.