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FC Barcelona News: 20 March 2015: Champions League Draw Complete, Clasico Build-Up Continues

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Barça draw Paris Saint-Germain! | FC Barcelona

On Friday at 12.00pm CET in Nyon, Switzerland, the very first pairing for the 2014/15 UEFA Champions League quarter-finals was announced: Paris-Saint Germain v FC Barcelona. The two sides will play for the third and fourth times this season, after their previous meetings in the group F. In their earlier two matchups, PSG won the first leg in Paris 3–2, but Barça were victorious in the return leg at Camp Nou, winning 3–1 to win the group, leaving PSG in second.

FC Barcelona coach Luis Enrique spoke with about his squad's quarter-final tie with Paris Saint-Germain in the UEFA Champions League. Luis Enrique praised Laurent Blanc's side: "They're very dangerous and we have a lot of respect for them. We have experience from the group stage, with a win and a defeat. After beating Chelsea they showed they're a strong candidate to win the competition."

Paris Saint-Germain will take on FC Barcelona at the Parc des Princes on 15 April at 20:45 CET, in the first leg of the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals, with the return leg to be play at the Camp Nou on Tuesday 21 April at 20:45 CET.

"We find ourselves facing another head-to-head confrontation with FC Barcelona, one of the most competitive sides in Europe and a club for whom we have the utmost respect. We all remember that fantastic match against Barça last September. "Whatever happens, we will be looking to qualify. This tie is a real challenge for us. I have total confidence in our players, in the coach and his staff; they proved in the last-16 that with courage, determination and talent we can overcome the greatest of challenges.

85 years unbeaten as leaders in the Clásico | FC Barcelona

But history is on Barça’s side. Whenever they have faced Real Madrid as leaders, the results have tended to go their way, and they haven’t lost under such conditions for 85 years, the last and only case being way back in 1929/30 at the old Les Corts stadium. They have won all but three of the fifteen games since then, and the others all ended in draws.

Piqué looking forward to the Clásico | FC Barcelona

Just a few days before Barça host Real Madrid in the second Clásico of the season, Gerard Piqué spoke to Barça TV and, saying that "this is one of the most special games of the year, because of the rivalry between us and because we’re usually playing for titles against them. They’re another great team, with great players and that makes it so much more special. You have to prepare several days in advance, but it’s always a game you’re really looking forward to."

The exhausting existence of Barcelona, Real Madrid in Spain's Perpetual Crisis Machine | FC Yahoo - Yahoo Sports

Real Madrid, Barca's opponent in the second and final Clasico of the season in Catalonia on Sunday, is now in a crisis of its own. Real won the first Clasico 3-1 in Madrid on Oct. 25, having overcome a fourth-minute Neymar goal. But the most expensively assembled side of all time – by some distance – started March with a tie against Villarreal and a loss at Athletic Bilbao. That was followed by a dire 4-3 loss in the Champions League against Schalke, meaning Real Madrid only just survived the round of 16 in its European title defense, on account of its 2-0 win in the first leg.

Real Madrid to face rivals Atlético in Champions League quarter-finals | Football | The Guardian

The defending champions, Real Madrid, have been drawn to face their city rivals Atlético Madrid in the Champions League quarter-finals in a repeat of last year’s final. Real triumphed 4-1 in extra time last season but needed an injury time equaliser from Sergio Ramos before goals from Gareth Bale, Marcelo and Cristiano Ronaldo wrapped up la décima – their much-coveted 10th European Cup.

Champions League draw: Atletico Madrid vs Real Madrid and PSG vs Barcelona ties pick of the quarter-final draw - European - Football - The Independent

Porto will play Bayern Munich. FC Porto came through against against FV Basel 5-1 on aggregate while Bayern Munich cruised through against Shakthar Donestsk. With the first-leg ending 0-0, Pep Guardiola's team dispatched their Ukrainian opponents 7-0 at the Allianz Arena. Juventus vs Monaco completes the draw. Juventus thrashed German side Borussia Dortmund in the last round, winning their tie 5-1 on aggregate. Monaco meanwhile beat Arsenal on away goals, thanks to their 3-1 win at the Emirates.

From saint to sinner - can Casillas save his Real Madrid career? -

Once a saint, now a sinner, Iker Casillas is losing his reputation as a born winner. Real Madrid's much-maligned goalkeeping great gained fame for his divine interventions in the very biggest matches for club and country, earning him the pious moniker of "San Iker". But even the believers are now losing faith in Casillas after some torrid times over the last year.

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