Barca the team to beat in Champions League - - SI.com
Pep Guardiola's side has already won two trophies this season - the Spanish Super Cup and the European Super Cup - and is bidding for a 10th victory in its past 11 home games in the competition. "We are calm but we know that we have to repeat what we have done before to continue to be successful,'' Barcelona's Brazil right back Dani Alves said. "And that is not easy.''
Don't blame the middle man - why Pep Guardiola is responsible for Barcelona's defensive debacle at Real Sociedad - Goal.com
Perhaps that was the right decision, but when one considers the departures of Bojan Krkic, Jeffren Suarez and Oriol Romeu – and the money received for the sale of Zlatan Ibrahimovic to Milan following a year on loan in Serie A – a defender could and should have been brought in as cover.
Barcelona star Lionel Messi says hails Pep Guardiola influence - Goal.com
Messi has also prospered under Guardiola, winning back-to-back Ballon D'Ors. And now the Argentina skipper has now taken time to credit Guardiola. "Barcelona would not be the same without Guardiola," Messi told Fox Sports. "I would never change Barcelona for anyone else."
Messi could make his debut against Milan | FCBarcelona.cat
It was 7 years ago when Leo Messi made his debut in the Champions League. It seems a long time since that game in Donetsk in December 2004, when people began to think that Messi might become a wonderful player. 57 games later in the top European club competition, he’s scored 37 goals and has 3 Champions League winners medals.
Real Madrid's Sami Khedira back in training ahead of Champions League game against Dinamo Zagreb - Goal.com
Real Madrid have received a boost ahead of their Champions League encounter against Dinamo Zagreb on Wednesday with the news that Sami Khedira resumed training on Sunday morning, according to AS.
Rubén and Baptista ruled out | LFP
Manuel Pellegrini has ruled out Rubén and Baptista who are both in the final stages of their recovery but who are "not quite there yet". "Neither Rubén nor Baptista are available this weekend, they're not quite there yet, not completely fit, though we hope to have them ready for next weekend".
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