Barça welcome Getafe this evening (20.00, R@dio Barça) as the league moves closer to its conslusion. Guardiola has none of Maxwell, Pedro or Puyol in a side that would love to dedicate a win to Abidal, who had a liver tumour operation on Thursday.
Barcelona’s Bojan Krkic is set to become the third youngest player in La Liga history to make 100 Primera Division appearances. The prodigiously talented forward introduced himself to Liga fans after becoming the youngest ever Barcelona player to score in the league, netting just a month after his September 16, 2007 debut.
The Ukrainian outift were handed the draw the rest of the teams were out to avoid and it will take a brave man to bet against the Catalan giants progressing through to the semi-final. But despite the odds stacked up against them, Willian is adamant Shakhtar will mix respect with belief and courage. "Barcelona have the three best players in the world and they deserve our respect. They will be two very difficult games. It is the moment every player asks for to show their worth,"
Villarreal striker Giuseppe Rossi would jump at the chance to join Spanish champions Barcelona in the summer, according to his agent Andrea Pastorello.
"As far as we know, the operation went very well and Abidal is developing well. We must thank the doctors for their good work and hope people respect the privacy that his family has asked for," Guardiola said in a news conference. The operation appears to have been a success, but Abidal won't play again this season, meanwhile the incident sent shockwaves through football and the player received messages of support from friend, supporters and rivals alike.
Barcelona failed to return home victorious from the Sanchez Pizjuan, and now Real Madrid is given a final chance to defy Blaugrana's leadership. Jose Mourincho's Blancos qualified for the Champions League quarter-finals last week in Lyon, and showed to be in excellent form to take a test of fire at the Vicente Calderon in this week's hottest derby.
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The Argentine international does not ever see him moving away from the Camp Nou, such is his love for the club, and when asked whether he would ever consider playing for the Blaugrana's arch rivals. He told Sky Sport Italia: "I will never go there or to any other teams.