FC Barcelona News: 7 December 2011; The Kids Are Alright, 150th Win for Barça Under Pep

9 of 11 Barcelona starters in yesterday's game were homegrown.

FC Barcelona - BATE Borisov: Young guns (4-0) | FC Barcelona
Guardiola may have picked a side that featured mainly players that ply their trade in the Miniestadi, but right from the kickoff they looked quite comfortable on the bigger stage. They maintained almost all of the possession, and had BATE Borisov pegged back in their own half for almost the entire first half.

There is a continuous flow of great talent at Barcelona, says Pedro - Goal.com
"That we can leave out so many Champions League winners and still beat BATE 4-0 is an indication that the youth system here is functioning very well. There is a continuous flow of great talent," Pedro was quoted as saying on the Uefa website.

Barça win 150th official game under Guardiola | FC Barcelona
Tuesday's Champions League win over BATE Borisov means that Barça under Guardiola have reached a milestone: 150 wins in official matches. In 208 games with him on the bench, Barcelona has a win percentage of 72.1%. This season the team has won 18 times, drawn six times and lost just once.

Guardiola: "They played an impeccable game" | FC Barcelona
The FC Barcelona manager said that "it’s not easy to put seven lads from the reserve side on the pitch and give the impression of playing well. You don’t do that every day. It’s beautiful that we all had a part to play in this, it makes us proud." Guardiola added, "they are quality players and I hope they can help the team in the future."

Barça get 16 points in their Champions League group, a record under Guardiola | FC Barcelona
Barça just get better under Guardiola. This was their best ever Champions League group. They completed five wins and just one draw against Milan at the Camp Nou. That's a new points record for Guardiola, 16 out of a possible 18, two more than last season's previous record of 14 following four wins and two draws.

Martín Montoya: "Scoring for the first team is the best" | FC Barcelona
On the day of his Champions League debut, Martín Montoya, scored his first goal for the first team. The Barça player explained what it felt like to play in the Champions League and to score his first goal: "I’m very happy with my play in second half, because I was able to go up more, playing on the attack is what I like. It’s been a while since I’ve scored a goal and to score for the first team is the best."

Report: Chelsea v Valencia - UEFA Champions League - ESPN Soccernet
Chelsea avoided the unthinkable tonight as Andre Villas-Boas sacrificed his ideals for a place in the Champions League knockout phase. With the Blues in danger of crashing out of Europe's premier club competition before Christmas for the first time, manager Villas-Boas abandoned the cavalier tactics that have been the hallmark of his reign in what was the club's final Group E game against Valencia.

Atletico Madrid reveal new stadium plans - ESPN Soccernet
Atletico Madrid have unveiled plans for a new 70,000-capacity stadium which is set to replace the existing Vicente Calderon as their home from 2015. Club dignitaries gathered to promote the new venue, with work having already begun on it. Atletico believe the stadium will be worthy of hosting major national, continental and international sporting and entertainment events once it is completed.

Reyes set for Gala deal | Sky Sports
Galatasaray are on the verge of confirming a deal to sign Jose Antonio Reyes from Atletico Madrid, according to their president. Unal Aysal responded to speculation in the Spanish media that the Turkish giants were set to beat several other clubs to the former Sevilla, Arsenal and Real Madrid forward.

Baptista injury blow | Sky Sports
Malaga's Julio Baptista is set for a further two months on the sidelines after it was revealed he requires surgery on a foot injury. The former Sevilla and Real Madrid forward sustained the injury against Getafe on October 1 but was only expected to be out for a few weeks. However, the injury has failed to heal despite being put through intensive recovery sessions in an attempt to avoid surgery.

Del Horno out for two months | Sky Sports
Levante defender Asier del Horno will be out for around six to eight weeks with a calf injury that he picked up in Saturday's 5-0 defeat to Barcelona. The ex-Chelsea player underwent tests earlier this week after he had to be substituted in last weekend's game against the Primera Liga champions.

Sevilla sidelined for a month | LFP
Betis midfielder Salva Sevilla will be out for a month owing to a knee sprain. "After undergoing a scan today the player has found out that he will be unable to play for a period of approximately three or four weeks", the club informed.

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