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FC Barcelona News: 2 November 2011; Barça and Valencia Win in Champions League, Victor Valdes Breaks Record

Victor Valdes - new record holder
Victor Valdes - new record holder

With a win yesterday against Viktoria Plzeň, FC Barcelona secured a place in the Round of 16 of the Champions League. The first place in Group H, however, is still up for grabs and it will most likely be decided on November 23 when Blaugrana travel to Italy to face off with AC Milan. In that match Pep Guardiola will be without the services of right-back Daniel Alves, who picked up another yellow card and earned himself a one game suspension.

Match Report | Plzen v Barcelona | Sky Sports
Lionel Messi surpassed the 200-goal mark for Barcelona to help the defending European champions progress to the last 16 of the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday following a comfortable 4-0 away victory over 10-man Viktoria Plzen in Group H.

Lionel Messi after breaking 200 goals for Barcelona: 'I'm not thinking of the club record' -
"I am happy with the game, the result and to have got the 200 goals, but more than anything because of the result," the Argentine told TVE straight after the game. "It was difficult because of the state of the pitch, because they pressed hard and committed fouls, but we did well."

Messi already among greatest ever players - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
A Catalan family saunter up the tree-lined Rambla Catalunya in central Barcelona on Sunday afternoon. Dad admires the giant Audi people carrier which stops in traffic alongside them, while mum tries to stop her two kids from working out who is driving behind the blacked out windows.

Barcelona's Lionel Messi is a diamond in its purest form, while Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo doesn't create the same feeling, says Arrigo Sacchi -
Former AC Milan coach Arrigo Sacchi has insisted that Barcelona forward Lionel Messi is on another level to Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo. The 65-year-old feels that they are both extraordinary players, but added that the Portugal international has been unable to match Messi's progress.

Valdés breaks Miguel Reina’s record |
Víctor Valdés is now the FC Barcelona goalkeeper who has gone the most games without conceding a goal. Following nine clean sheets, he has now gone unbeaten for 877 minutes, more than the 824 minutes established by Miguel Reina in the 1972/73 season. As the game ended 4-0, Valdés can still extend his incredible record.

Barcelona president Sandro Rosell hails record-breakers Lionel Messi & Victor Valdes after 4-0 win over Viktoria Plzen -
"Messi is amazing, simply amazing," Rosell said after the match. "I don't know how you can describe Messi, there are no more adjectives. "It's a great night. Pep's 200 [games], Messi's 200 [goals], and Valdes has broken the record of the legendary Reina.

Barcelona’s Pep Guardiola wants to beat AC Milan in Champions League and win Group H -
"The most important thing is that we're through to the next phase and evidently in our next game against AC Milan we'll be fighting for top spot in the group," the Catalan is quoted as saying by after the game on Tuesday.

AZ wonderkid Adam Maher on Barcelona radar - report -
AZ midfielder Adam Maher has attracted the interest of Champions League holders Barcelona, according to De Telegraaf. Barcelona will send a delegation to AZ's Eredivisie clash against ADO Den Haag next weekend to have a closer look at the Netherlands Under-19 star.

Quickfire Jonas guides Valencia to victory - ESPN Soccernet
Jonas scored the second fastest goal in Champions League history as he set Valencia on their way to a vital 3-1 victory over Bayer Leverkusen. The Brazilian struck a little over 10 seconds into the game, with only Roy Makaay quicker with his goal for Bayern Munich against Real Madrid in March 2007.

Jose Mourinho took Inter to their greatest ever hour, but his short-termism is also responsible for their current demise -
"I am an Interista and I’m suffering," said Jose Mourinho last month when questioned over the ongoing malaise as San Siro. With his old Inter side languishing in a position they never came close to during his two-year tenure, he showed all the concern of a father whose child had grown up and left home only to go off the rails.

Kaká, Arbeloa and Marcelo all out | LFP
Real Madrid players Kaká, Arbeloa and Mercelo have all been ruled out of Wednesday's Champions League clash with Olympique de Lyon. All three players figured on the club medical report owing to problems they have had in recent days.

Atletico Madrid turn down Villarreal's €6m bid for Adrian - report -
The Yellow Submarine are understood to be in the market for a new forward following the knee ligament injury which will keep Giuseppe Rossi sidelined for the next six months. Adrian, 23, joined Atletico from Deportivo la Coruna in the summer on a free transfer and has so far scored six goals in all competitions for the Vicente Calderon outfit.

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