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FC Barcelona News: 19 October 2011; Barça Take on Viktoria Plzeň, Mixed Results for Spanish Clubs In Champions League

Hopefully these three will have more reasons to celebrate today.
Hopefully these three will have more reasons to celebrate today.

The biggest FC Barcelona related news today is the upcoming Champions League match against Czech side Viktoria Plzen. Barca go into this match as comfortable favorites, but Pep won't take anything for granted and is showing nothing but respect for the opponents. Also, Brazilian legend Romario took Pele's side in the latest edition of debates which one is better, Pele or Messi.

Barça v Viktoria: Did you know... |
This is the eleventh time FCB has played a Czech team. Until now, they have won six, drawn three and lost once. They have never faced Viktoria Plzeň.

19 players in Champions League team |
Josep Guardiola and his team prepared for the next UCL game at the Camp Nou directly after the coach and Leo Messi had attended to the press. The session began at 18.30 and was open to the media for the first fifteen minutes. 19 players have been named in the squad.

Guardiola: "These two games can qualify us" |
On Wednesday’s Champions League fixture, he said he understands that people know very little about FC Viktoria, the Czech side appearing in the competition for the first time, but that if anybody is underestimating them it’s simply because they don’t know them.

"We want to make more history" |
After overtaking Kubala, Messi is now just 39 goals from beating César and becoming the highest goalscorer in Barça history, but claims not to be thinking about that. "Beating César is not my aim. The more goals I score, the better, not to break the record but to win titles for the team, That’s what I’m interested in, because that would make history for everybody.

Barca join hunt for Oscar | Sky Sports
Barcelona have joined AC Milan and Tottenham Hotspur in the race to sign Internacional starlet Oscar after the Brazilian wonderkid was dubbed the new Kaka. The Blaugrana are reported to have had scouts monitor the progress of the 20-year-old playmaker after he rose to prominence with a hat-trick in the final of the 2011 FIFA Under-20 World Cup in the summer.

Romario: Lionel Messi has a long way to go to be great - ESPN Soccernet
"If Messi sees the video, he'll probably learn some things," Romario said at a press conference. "You simply cannot compare him with Pele. You cannot say he is the same when he has never won a World Cup. "Messi has all the conditions to be the best one day, but first he has to overcome Maradona, Romario and then eventually Pele."

Del Bosque still hurt by exit | Sky Sports
The current Spain national team coach was axed by Florentino Perez on the same day that Madrid won the league title because a better looking trainer was allegedly wanted. Now Del Bosque has been asked to return to the Santiago Bernabeu on 3rd November and receive the Medalla del Oro (Gold Medal) for his work and he is not sure that he wants to.

Real destroy Lyon to claim third straight win - Yahoo! Eurosport
Real Madrid swept aside Olympique Lyon 4-0 on Tuesday, a third consecutive victory leaving them clear at the top of Champions League Group D. Goals by Karim Benzema, Sami Khedira, Mesut Ozil and Sergio Ramos made sure Jose Mourinho's side had an easy day at the office.

Does Higuain cramp Ronaldo's style? - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
Higuaín's exploits have also had the side-effect of obliging Cristiano Ronaldo to adopt the unfamiliar role of a support act. The Portuguese teed up his strike partner's first goal against Espanyol and unselfishly set up the Argentine's opener against Betis on Saturday, as well as providing the pass from which Kaká claimed Madrid's second, but did not score himself in either game.

Mourinho hits back at critics | Sky Sports
Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho has hit back at critics who grilled him about missing out on Sergio Aguero following Gonzalo Higuain's rise to prominence. The Santiago Bernabeu tactician is amused about the sudden change of opinion that has seen his striker go from villain to hero after three successive hat-tricks.

Aguero scores late as Man City beat Villarreal - Yahoo! Eurosport
Substitute Sergio Aguero scored in stoppage time to give Manchester City a dramatic 2-1 win at home to Villarreal in Champions League Group A on Tuesday. The visitors stunned the home crowd in the fourth minute when City keeper Joe Hart could only parry Giuseppe Rossi's shot, sending the ball straight to the feet of Cani who slid it home.

Del Nido anger over TV deal | Sky Sports
Del Nido has regularly spoken out against the perceived inequality in Spanish football and made his latest comments on the day that the LFP (Professional Football League) are due to meet and discuss the matter. "I can reaffirm that Real Madrid and Barcelona are robbing from us," Del Nido told Canal Plus Norway. "They steal from the rest of the Primera Division clubs."

Levante run captures imagination - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
One of the most engrossing aspects of sport is when David slays Goliath. There have been countless one-off upsets in football matches, it's one reason we love it. Who expected Hercules to win at Camp Nou last season? Or third tier Leeds United to beat Manchester United in the FA Cup at Old Trafford?

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