Eto'o backs Henry's record at Barcelona

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Most strikers would welcome a ratio of a goal every other game – just ask Andrei Shevchenko – but it seems Thierry Henry's record of five goals in 11 league matches since joining Barcelona in the summer is not enough to silence some critics in Spain.

Fellow striker Samuel Eto'o has come to his defence ahead of today's game with Getafe. "I don't think he is playing badly if he has scored five goals in 11 games," Eto'o said. "We can't expect him to score three goals in every game. I think it is a lack of respect to question Henry." Eto'o added that Henry, who has also scored two Champions League goals including the opener in Barça's win over Rangers on Wednesday, could not be expected to deliver the same performances with the Spanish club that he did with Arsenal.

"Barcelona are not Arsenal and don't play like Arsenal," he said. "If people want to see the Henry of Arsenal they should start signing Arsenal players. For now, they will see the Henry of Barcelona, and I am sure he will give us a lot of joy." As well as missing the injured Eto'o, Barcelona have doubts over Mexico defender Rafael Marquez, Italy full-back Gianluca Zambrotta and midfielder Andres Iniesta.

Valencia's Portugal defender Marco Caneira is confident new coach Ronald Koeman can get the side back on track after a 2-0 home defeat by Rosenborg in the Champions League on Tuesday. The Dutchman takes charge for his first league game, at home to promoted Real Murcia, today. "He has sufficient quality to turn this round. We aren't doing well in Europe, but with a win in the league we could go second," Caneira said.

Wesley Sneijder and Michel Salgado are likely to replace Guti and Sergio Ramos for leaders Real Madrid when Real Mallorca visit the Bernabeu tomorrow.

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