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FC Barcelona News: 19 March 2015: Barça Eliminate Manchester City, Turn Attention To El Clasico

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FC Barcelona forward Lionel Messi was elated after reaching the quarter-finals of the Champions League for the eighth consecutive year: "We’re back at a high level and we have to keep it going as long as possible." Messi said that although the team feels prepared for Sunday's game against Real Madrid, they will be a dangerous opponent: "We have a lot of respect for this game. They’re never in bad shape; they’re still dangerous, with impressive individual players and we need to respect more than ever … They are very strong and we have to play our game and, with the help of our fans, try to overcome them."

Luis Enrique talked after the game about reaching the quarter-finals of the Champions League. Here are the highlights of what he said: "The score could have been a rout. Hart was incredible but we weren’t really on towards the end. We had a lot of chances, which is not normal in this type of game. We deserved to win by a bigger goal difference."

Javier Mascherano makes his point as Barcelona star helps Marc-Andre ter Stegen save Sergio Aguero penalty   | Daily Mail Online

Referee Gianluca Rocchi pointed to the spot with City's top scorer stepping up to take the penalty. As Aguero got ready for his spot-kick, Barca midfielder Javier Mascherano pointed in the direction he thought his fellow Argentine would shoot

FC Barcelona’s seven possible quarter-final opponents in the UEFA Champions League | FC Barcelona

FC Barcelona will find out which team they play just after 12.00pm CET this Friday, when UEFA headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland will be the backdrop for this year’s quarter-final matchups.  The first leg matches will be on 14 and 15 April, while the return legs will be on 21 and 22 April. Let’s take a look at Barça’s seven possible rivals.

This is how the Camp Nou mosaic will look for the Clásico | FC Barcelona

The fans will be asked to lift up their cards and make a massive mosaic in the team colours as the players run out onto the pitch before the game. A massive shirt will be created by the cards with the words  'Jugadors'  -‘Players’ and  'Seguidors'  -‘Fans’ flanking the number 12. The Club is asking all the fans to get prepared before the match in order to ensure the success of the mosaic.

Barcelona the form team for el clásico, says Vicente del Bosque | Football | The Guardian

The Spain coach Vicente del Bosque believes Barcelona are the form team going into Sunday’s potentially pivotal clásico with Real Madrid. "Barça are in better form but Real Madrid have a great team", he told Canal+, after watching the La Liga leaders knock Manchester City out of the Champions League on Wednesday night.

Thomas Vermaelen closing in on Barcelona debut …NINE months after £15m transfer from Arsenal - Football - Sport - London Evening Standard

The central defender has been on the sidelines with a hamstring injury and is not expecting to feature in Luis Enrique's side until April - one month before the La Liga season finishes. "I've taken a big step forward," Vermaelen wrote on his Facebook page. "I'm happy to be back running. It's great to be back training outdoors instead of in the gym. I want to return stronger than before."

Tévez leads Juventus to Dortmund stroll - UEFA Champions League - News -

Juventus reached the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals for the second time in three seasons with a comfortable win at Borussia Dortmund. Leading 2-1 from the first leg in Turin, the Italian side wasted little time in adding to that advantage, Carlos Tévez giving them a third-minute lead. The scorer set up strike partner Álvaro Morata to effectively end the tie as a contest and claimed the third goal himself in the closing stages,

Martin Odegaard: Southampton plotting loan signing of Real Madrid wonderkid | Metro News

Real Madrid’s teenage superstar Martin Odegaard is reportedly being lined up for a loan move to Southampton next season. Attacking midfielder Odegaard, 16, joined Madrid from Stromsgodset for over £2 million in the summer, but has not yet made an appearance for the first team.

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