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FC Barcelona News: 25 April 2011; Valdés Reaches 400, All Eyes on the Champions League

One of only two goalkeepers who have played in 400 or more games for Barcelona
One of only two goalkeepers who have played in 400 or more games for Barcelona

Valdés: "I am very proud of my 400 games" | FCBarcelona
Víctor Valdés is not one of those players who are constantly obsessed with personal records, but few can boast of having played 400 games at the highest level, as the Barça goalkeeper has. Reaching this figure in the game against Osasuna, Valdés became the second goalkeeper in the history of Barcelona to have played most games, surpassed only by Zubizarreta.

Duel of the X-men at heart of Real Madrid passion play with Barcelona | The Guardian
Xavi Hernández and Xabi Alonso. They are the X-men currently in the midst of their side's midfields and in the thick of an epic in four chapters – a saga in which Barcelona have been left as virtual league champions and Madrid as actual Copa del Rey winners, in which the trophy that matters most, the climax, will be decided over the next 10 days.

Real Madrid's Copa del Rey win could work in Barcelona's favour - Johan Cruyff | Goal
"Nevertheless, Barcelona are still the better team of the two. [Jose] Mourinho would have been close to winning La Liga instead of [Pep] Guardiola if Madrid were the better team, but this is not the case."

Guardiola: Real Madrid are favourites | ESPN
With the first leg of their Champions League semi-final approaching on Wednesday, Guardiola accepts that Barcelona are underdogs. "We accept that Madrid are in the role of favourites in the Champons League. I understand that is so, because they won the Copa and they are [playing] well,"

Real Madrid vs Injury-Hit Barcelona, The Worst Thing Pep Could Wish For | Live Soccer TV
You don’t travel to play Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu with an injury-hit squad but with a confident smile on your face, do you? Few are the teams who do, or would do that. But Pep Guardiola has apparently taken this challenge. The Barcelona coach is trying to keep it cool. This is at least how it looks like through the comments he made to the press last Sunday.

Emmanuel Adebayor and Angel Di Maria fit for Real Madrid's Champions League showdown against Barcelona | Goal
Real Madrid have been bolstered by the news that both Emmanuel Adebayor and Angel Di Maria will be fit in time to face Barcelona in the first-leg of their Champions League semi-final tie at the Bernabeu on Wednesday. The Togolese striker has recovered from a minor concern in his left abductor muscle while the Argentine has overcome a right knee contusion.

Real Madrid's Sami Khedira targets comeback from injury in Champions League final | Goal
Real Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira has made it clear that his season isn't over just yet and the Germany international has set his sights on a comeback from injury in the Champions League final if the capital club manage to eliminate Barcelona.

Daughter of Real Madrid's Kaka is born in Sao Paulo | Goal
Congratulations are in order for Real Madrid star Kaka, whose wife gave birth to a girl on Saturday evening in Brazil. Caroline Celico gave birth to baby Isabella at the Albert Einstein hospital in Sao Paulo, the couple's first child following the birth of their son Luca in June 2008.

Valencia chiefs hold meeting to assess heavy defeat from Real Madrid | Goal
Valencia coach Unai Emery was forced to justify his tactics and squad selection in a tense one hour meeting with the club's president and technical secretary on Monday morning, examining Saturday's thrashing to Real Madrid, AS reports.

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