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FC Barcelona News: 18 March 2015: Luis Enrique, Andres Iniesta Talk To Press; Ronaldinho Makes Headlines

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Luis Enrique has called up 18 players for tonight’s Champions League game against Manchester City, with Masip, Montoya and Douglas missing out, alongside the injured Vermaelen and Sergio Busquets. The full squad for the game is:  Ter Stegen, Bravo, Alves, Piqué, Bartra, Alba, Mathieu, Mascherano, Adriano, Iniesta, Sergi Roberto, Xavi, Rakitic, Rafinha, Pedro, Neymar Jr, Messi and Suárez.

In his press conference before the Champions League game with Manchester City, manager Luis Enrique sent out a message of confidence in his players, although he is very wary that the job is still only half done. 2-1 may have been the perfect result at the Etihad, but "we are taking nothing for granted against City. We’ll treat it as we did the first leg and try to go out and win the match. It was be very dangerous to think we can settle for a draw."

Andrés Iniesta knows that the team needs to be fully focused on Wednesday’s game with Manchester City, and  that there will be plenty of time to think about the Clásico against Real Madrid once the game with the Premiership champions is over. "We feel confident about these two games but we also know we’ll be playing against two very difficult opponents" he said after the final training session before the match. "Perhaps tomorrow’s game is more important. And what better way to prepare for a game like Sunday’s than with a win against City? On Thursday we’ll start preparing for Sunday."

"The mès que un club banner was always more about the club’s Catalan roots and its many other sports teams, for which almost 2,000 amateurs compete every week, than anything else," he says. And in terms of losing its soul, he describes the sponsor-free concept as "utopian", and believes Barça remain football’s biggest democracy, which should count for something.

Bayern Munich manager Josep Guardiola will be at the Camp Nou tomorrow to watch his old club, Barcelona, when they take on Manchester City, according to reports by the Spanish daily, Sport. The second leg of the Champions League last-16 tie between the two sides promises to be one of the best encounters of the round, and Guardiola has no intention of missing out on the chance to analyse two of Bayern's possible upcoming opponents, with his side already through to the quarter-finals.

Stoichkov believes Ronaldo's attitude will begin to hinder the rest of the Blancos side and believes his determination to be seen as a better player than Messi is having a negative effect on his performances and those of the team. "You can never get angry because a team-mate has scored and not celebrating is to commit suicide as a team-mate, because then you are worth nothing and you are worth nothing to your team," he told Sportium.

And then there was one. Arsenal were victorious in Monte Carlo, as many thought they would be. They didn’t win big enough to progress, however, as few thought they would do. This was a pragmatic, impressive display against a team who knew they needed three goals and threw all they had at that task in the second half.

Following Tuesday night’s second leg of the last-16 tie at the Vicente Calderon stadium, Natalia Simeone told Spanish TV channel TVE: "The truth is we are going to have good news in the coming days. "If the Atletico fans are happy today, they will be even happier in the next few days."

However, the centre-back has now responded to the speculation, telling journalists that he is happy in his current surroundings for the time being. Moreno said: "It's a lack of respect to say that I want to leave Espanyol for a new team. There's no agreement between three parties; sellers, buyers and me. I'm better here than when I was injured. I'm happy here, we'll see."

Former Barcelona forward Ronaldinho has been dropped by Mexican side Queretaro while unhappy supporters have dubbed him 'Robberdinho' for producing sub-par displays amid media reports of too much partying. The Brazilian signed for the club in September but has only showed glimpses of the form that won him two FIFA World Player of the Year awards with Barca in 2004 and 2005.

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