The Barça manager is convinced that to beat a historic and quality team like Milan, Barça needs to play a near perfect game. When asked about Tito Vilanova, who underwent surgery this Tuedasy, an optimistic Guardiola was thankful for the support shown to his assistant manager, and asked for discretion
The FC Barcelona captain anticipates a great match between the two powerhouse teams at the San Siro tomorrow. Even though a draw is a good result for Barça, the centre back said, "we intend to win here"
The 21 available players, 17 first team players and 4 Barça B players (Cuenca, Bartra, Dos Santos and Oier), trained this morning at the San Siro. The session, like any training session before a Champions League game, was fairly light and served as an opportunity for the players to get accustomed to the San Siro pitch.
Barcelona assistant coach Tito Vilanova is recovering from surgery on a salivary gland. The parotid gland produces saliva and sits in the back of the jawbone. Surgery is often done on the parotid gland to remove benign lumps or swelling in the gland.
Real Madrid made light work of Dinamo Zagreb winning 6-2 to make it five straight wins in Group D of the Champions League on a rainy night in the Spanish capital. The Spaniards proved their strength in depth by resting key players in Iker Casillas, Cristiano Ronaldo and Pepe and sharing the goals around with Karim Benzema and Jose Callejon scoring twice and Gonzalo Higuain and Mesut Ozil also on the scoresheet.
Nemanja Vidic admits that Manchester United have grown "obsessed" with the idea of exorcising the ghosts of Rome and Wembley by besting Barcelona, but the man who would be entrusted with lifting the Champions League trophy should Sir Alex Ferguson's side make it to Munich in May is adamant that the Scot's side have learned enough in defeat to be confident of beating the Spaniards at the third time of asking.
AC Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic is relishing the chance to face former team Barcelona in the Champions League on Wednesday. The tall Swede missed the opening match at the Nou Camp in September, a 2-2 draw, because of injury. But he'll be healthy this time.
Sergi Roberto, a 19-year-old Spain Under-21 international who plays in central midfield for Barcelona B, is understood to be top of Chelsea’s shopping list.
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Arsenal FC winger Theo Walcott is once again being linked with a move to FC Barcelona.