Oh I am not saying both Pep and Mourinho are equals. Its more like the noble talented rookie faces the masterful evil veteran.....thats exactly what I say
As for Pep's abilities, I do believe he is good enough. Granted he entered the job with a star studded line-up two seasons ago, but the subtle changes he has made in formations (especially last season and later stages of 08-09) and the drastic ones like using Busquets to overthrow Toure (who was actually rijkaard's choice for a DM and not a bad player) or using Pedro to overthrow Henry ( I dont know who decided to get Henry) suggest that he has the makings of a great coach.
Defeating Pep is the main reason Madrid got Mourinho. Surely, those arrogant pricks cannot stand losing to Barcelona more than 4 times in a row. We will just have to see if this is the fifth or Mourinho lives up to his name and denies the winning streak.......I will honestly consider him the greatest ever, if he comes away with a victory tomorrow.
Also I agree that this game is a title decider if Madrid wins. Barcelona hasnt won the league after suffering a defeat at home in soo many years that the word "forever" can be used without appearing as a cliched hyperbole.
I believe messi will play in the centre with the license to roam, providing support to Pedro and Villa ahead of him and Xaviniesta behind him. Having said that, we will see him shift to the right wing frequently to interchange passes with Alves. Seriously, messi looks like a sad puppy on the field without Alves sometimes haha