FC Barcelona News: 13 March 2013; Barça Complete Comeback Against AC Milan, Sandro Rosell Could Face Jail Time

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Barcelona 4-0 Milan: Villa plays centrally and allows Messi space between the lines | Zonal Marking
The solution was, in Barcelona terms, quite dramatic. Pre-match rumours had suggested that Barca would switch to a 3-4-3 diamond for this game – a formation they used last season against Milan, with mixed results – and it wasn’t too far away from the truth. Roura’s side played a compromise, hybrid system that was roughly a cross between a three- and a four-man defence, and this worked nicely.

FC Barcelona - AC Milan: Magnificent comeback sends Barça into quarters (4-0) | FC Barcelona
Tuesday night witnessed one of the most epic comebacks in Barça history. Things looked bleak after the 2-0 reverse at the San Siro, but AC Milan were simply no match for the Catalans tonight, who blitzed the Italians to the tune of a 4-0 victory to progress into the last eight of the Champions League.

Jordi Roura: "These players are special" | FC Barcelona
Jordi Roura was pleased and relaxed during the post-match press conference after his team defeated AC Milan by 4-0 to earn a spot in the quarter-finals of the Champions League. "The fans were decisive, they were superb. Their support was fantastic," said the assistant manager.

Iniesta: "To date, this was one of the most complete games we've played" | FC Barcelona
"We achieved our objective. To date it was one of the most complete games we’ve played. Hopefully this experience will help us in the future," said Andrés Iniesta after this evening’s 4-0 victory over AC Milan. The midfielder added: "the team played brilliantly. When you have that kind of unity between the team and the fans games can be very long for our rivals at the Camp Nou."

Zubizarreta: "We'll remember this for years" | FC Barcelona
"We will remember this for years," mused FC Barcelona’s director of football Andoni Zubizarreta after the team’s 4-0 victory over AC Milan this evening. Zubizarreta is especially pleased with how FC Barcelona started off against the Italian team: "from the very first minute we pressured them really well high up the pitch and we didn’t let them think."

FC Barcelona secure 12th quarter-final berth, a record in the Champions League | FC Barcelona
Comeback, show of greatness and qualification for the quarter-finals of the Champions League! This Tuesday’s victory over AC Milan gave FC Barcelona its 12th appearance in the round of 8 since the current format was instated in 1992.

FC Barcelona - AC Milan, the highest attended match of the Champions League this year | FC Barcelona
This Tuesday’s Barça-Milan match was the highest attended Champions League game of the 2012/13 season. A total of 94,944 fans came to the Camp Nou to watch the match live, beating the previous record of 79,532 fans at the San Siro for the Milan-Barça match (away leg, round of 16) and the 79,429 fans for the Real Madrid-Manchester United match (away leg, round of 16).

The end of Barcelona? Magical Camp Nou comeback shows there's much more to come from Catalans' golden generation - Goal.com
The atmosphere was electric. Tuesday's Camp Nou crowd cheered as Barcelona served up one of their greatest European nights, an extraordinary comeback to overcome AC Milan and make the boldest of statements: This team is far from finished yet.

Champions League quarter-final draw scheduled for Friday | FC Barcelona
Now that qualification for the quarter-finals of the Champions League has been secured, we’ll have to pay close attention to the draw that scheduled to take place this Friday in Nyon. The draw will be open, meaning there will not be any seeded teams and teams from the same football federation can be paired up against each other.

Barcelona chief facing jail over Brazil allegations - ESPN FC
The prosecutors say that they have serious reservations about the context in which Rosell's marketing company Ailanto received about €3.5 million in public money to organise the game. Brazilian newspaper Folha de Sao Paulo claimed on Tuesday that €400,000 of that money ended up in an account in Rosell's name in Spain.

Miranda signs new deal with Atletico Madrid - Goal.com
Atletico Madrid defender Joao Miranda has signed a new contract at the Vicente Calderon. The Brazil international signed for the Liga outfit in 2011 from Sao Paulo and his deal was due to expire in the summer of 2014, but the club have now moved to extend it by a further two years.

Martins cancels Levante deal to allow USA move - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
The Nigeria striker, 28, "deposited the sum of money required to meet his release clause according to the regulations of the Professional Football League," the Spanish Liga club announced in a statement. Newspaper El Pais said that clause was in the region of three million euros, the equivalent of a year’s salary for the former Inter Milan, Newcastle, Wolfsburg and Rubin Kazan striker.

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