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FC Barcelona News: 23 April 2012: Chelsea average away from home, Valencia destroy Betis

Pique's press conference serves as an indication that he will start tomorrow
Pique's press conference serves as an indication that he will start tomorrow

Not much news around today, but there are a couple of "interviews" with Xavi and Eidur Gudjohnsen, while Valencia moved four points clear of fourth placed Malaga with a 4-0 win over Betis. Then, I must have missed the initial rumours, but Nicolas N'Kolou has mentioned how flattered he is to be linked with Barcelona. While Barca need defenders, I'm pretty sure N'Kolou is not the guy we are after.

FC Barcelona will have 90 minutes to earn their spot in the Munich Final when they face Chelsea in the Champions League semi-final return leg at the Camp Nou this Tuesday at 20:45. NOTE: This isn't a story, but a video on the official Barca site

The Barça midfielder reckons: "the league might be lost, but we’ve got a Cup Final ahead, we’ve already won three titles and we can still reach the Champions League final". Reflecting on the Madrid defeat, Xavi believes: "we didn’t play a bad game, but we were not at the excellent level which we normally are"

BBC Sport - Chelsea can overcome Barcelona, insists Eidur Gudjohnsen

Gudjohnsen, 33, who also played for Barcelona, says Roberto di Matteo's side can cling on to their 1-0 lead in Tuesday's second leg at the Nou Camp. "Chelsea have given themselves great hope by the way they defended at Stamford Bridge," said Gudjohnsen. "They rode their luck a little bit but they believe they can win."

Chelsea aren’t having the best of seasons. Away from Stamford Bridge, they have been struggling to produce positive results. They have been beaten twice on the road in the Champions League, 2-1 at Leverkusen and 3-1 at Napoli, and have drawn twice, 1-1 at both Valencia and Genk. Their only away win was 1-0 at Benfica. But of all those results, in which they have scored seven goals and let in five, only the 3-2 reverse in Italy would be insufficient to ensure qualification for the final.

The victory, only a second success for Unai Emery's side in seven league outings, put them four points clear in third place of Malaga with four games left and tightened their grip on an automatic place in next season's Champions League. Valencia have 55 points, with Malaga on 51 in fourth, a Champions League qualification berth, ahead of their game at Osasuna on Monday (Tuesday, PHL time).

"Barcelona? Their interest is flattering," N'Koulou told to Canal+. "It's a good feeling that they are following me. "I will look at what is best for me. I am still under contract here, and I am mainly thinking about the club's difficult situation at the moment."

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