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FC Barcelona News: 13 April 2011; Barcelona Advance to Next Round, Happy Birthday Carles Puyol

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Fourth consecutive semi final | FCBarcelona
Guardiola’s side are into the semi finals of Europe’s premier club competition for the fourth year in a row, and the fifth in just six seasons. Since he has been on the bench, they have never failed to get at least this far in the competition.

Masterful Messi nears milestone | Eurosport
The Argentine forward netted the only goal as Barca survived a tricky night away to Shakhtar Donetsk, giving his side a 6-1 aggregate victory, and took his tally for the season to 48 goals from 46 games in all competitions so far this season.

Pep braced for Real run | Sky Sports
Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola believes the probability of four El Clasico meetings in the space of a month is a 'gift' for football fans. That will be the case should Real Madrid protect their comfortable 4-0 lead over Tottenham in Wednesday's UEFA Champions League quarter-final second leg at White Hart Lane.

Valdes praise for Casillas | Sky Sports
Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes has paid tribute to 'impressive' Real Madrid counterpart Iker Casillas ahead of the arch-rivals' clash this weekend. The duo, who were both part of the Spain squad that lifted the World Cup last summer, will be pitted against each other in the Primera Liga at the Bernabeu on Saturday.

Manchester United 2-1 Chelsea: Ancelotti changes formation but still loses the tie | Zonal Marking
By the end of the game, Chelsea looked well beaten with only ten men – and there was only one minute in the second half when they briefly looked like causing Manchester United real problems, before Park responded immediately. The first half was much more even, however, and it was a very good tactical battle.

Jose committed to Real | Sky Sports
The Real Madrid coach has been strongly linked with a move back to the Premier League, an ambition the former Chelsea chief has never hidden. But, with three years remaining on his deal at the Santiago Bernabeu, he seems set to remain despite tensions behind the scenes between him and general manager Jorge Valdano.

Sporting Lisbon after Real Madrid's Ezequiel Garay - report | Goal
The Green and Whites are desperate to add some fresh blood to their squad this summer after a relatively disappointing season and they consider the 24-year-old to be a useful addition to their roster. Garay joined Real Madrid from Racing Santander in the summer of 2008, but the Argentine stopper has never been able to make an impact at Santiago Bernabeu.

Navas set to miss rest of season | Eurosport
Tests on his injured leg showed Navas could be out for four to six weeks, the Andalusians said on their website. "That means the player may not recover in time to take part in the final matches of the championship," they added.

Atletico reveal De Gea bids | Sky Sports
The news emerged as reports in Spain claimed that Manchester United had finalised a €20million (£17.8m) deal for the highly-rated Spanish Under 21 international. It was claimed that leading agent Jorge Mendes had thrashed out terms with United, although this was denied by both Atletico chief Miguel Angel Gil Marin and Sir Alex Ferguson after their win over Chelsea on Tuesday.

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