FC Barcelona News: 2 April 2012; Xavi Doubtful for Tomorrow, Pep Ignores Chelsea Offer

Well that's a bad surprise.

Xavi doubtful for AC Milan clash - Goal.com
The influential midfielder featured for only 15 minutes in Barcelona's 2-0 Liga win over Athletic Bilbao on Saturday, and missed Sunday's training session due to a muscular problem. It is not yet exactly known how serious the 32-year-old's injury is, but the Spain international could miss Tuesday's encounter at Camp Nou due to the knock.

Pedro: "We can’t be overconfident against Milan" | FC Barcelona
Pedro Rodriguez acknowledged this Sunday in the press room of the training ground, that probably, Tuesday's game against Milan, in the return leg of the quarter-finals of the Champions League, "is the most important…….it will be a tough game. They won’t make things easy for us and we’ll have to play really well". Pedro recalled the match that the two teams played at the Camp Nou in the group stage, which ended in a 2-2 draw.

Mascherano: "We have to keep working, and win every game from here to the end" | FC Barcelona
Javier Mascherano praised his team's victory against Athletic Bilbao, 2-0, in the interview after the game on the Barça TV program "El Marcador". The Argentinian player said that "it was that type of game, at a physical level, as demanding as we’ve had" and added that Bilbao are a team that "over and above whether you like them, or like their footballing philosophy, they pressurise you all over the pitch".

Recovery work and focus | FC Barcelona
A few hours after beating a brave Athletic Bilbao outfit, Barça trained behind closed doors at the Joan Gamper training ground. The fixture schedule offers no respite. On Tuesday the first team face one of the most important games of the season: the return leg of the quarterfinals of the Champions League against Milan, at the Camp Nou. This Sunday, at midday, the reigning Champions of Europe began to prepare for the match.

Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola ignores Chelsea interest - ESPN Soccernet
Pep Guardiola's representatives have been told that he can "name his price" to take over at Chelsea next season, but so far his answer is "thanks, but no thanks", according to ESPNsoccernet sources. Not even a Roman Abramovich ransom and a £100 million transfer war chest has so far turned Guardiola's head.

Pato included in Milan squad for Barcelona clash - Goal.com
The Brazil international has spent the past few weeks on the sidelines due to muscular problems, and recently travelled to the USA to determine the cause of his ongoing injury worries. Pato returned to Italy on Saturday though, and has now been deemed fit enough to feature in Tuesday's encounter in Catalunya.

Atletico back in European hunt - Yahoo! Eurosport
Atletico Madrid moved to within striking distance of the Champions League places with a 3-0 win against Getafe at the Vicente Calderon. In an early Sunday kick-off, Diego Simeone's side were fired to victory by all-South American trio Eduardo Salvio, Diego and Radamel Falcao. They move up to seventh, five points behind fourth-placed Malaga.

Levante steal point at Valencia - Yahoo! Eurosport
The Ivorian striker cancelled out a first half goal from Jonas to equalise in the 53rd minute, to keep Juan Martinez's men within three points of their third placed opponents. A disappointing draw at home will inevitably pile more pressure on the underfire Unai Emery, who faces a fight to keep his job with Malaga, Levante, Osasuna and Atletico Madrid all breathing down his team's neck.

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