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Barcelona defeated Stutgart 4-0 on Wednesday to move into the last eight of the Champions League.Lionel Messi was superb, scoring twice, as Barca outclassed their opponents.The holders join Inter Milan, Lyon, Bordeaux, Manchester United, Arsenal, CSKA Moscow and Bayern Munich in the draw.But will Barca go all the way and defend their title?
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posted Mar 18, 2010
http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/2009/aug/20/manchester-city-barcelona-friendly-camp-nouWell man city did beat barcelona at the camp nou so anyone can. People forget that man utd in the final were unlucky to go in at half time 1-0 down (barca and man utd cancelled each other out for most of that half after eto'o goal), 2nd half though barca stepped it up but when man utd enjoyed there best period of play barca went up the other end and scored. To make it worse ornaldo had a great chance 1 minute later to make it 2-1 and we somehow didn't score and that was basically game over apart from I think if berbatov scored from a header from a corner. However, we struggled to get the ball in places that could hurt barca after going behind.
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Meant to say if berbatov hit the target it most likely would have gone as well as ronaldo not ornaldo.
Barca's first two goals epitomised how good they are. The first, individual ability based on close ball control. The second, pass, move, mass, move, eventually one defender doesn't think/move fast enough and they pounce.
As a neutral I would have to say that Barca are still miles in front of anyone else. Player-for-player they are better than all other teams with only Man U and Arsenal coming anywhere near them - but they are still not in the same league.It would be a tragedy for football if any other team outside these three win this year. Barca's play is always deliberate. That is, they don't make speculative passes hoping the ball might just find the right person. No, they never lose the ball. Their passing, running and use of space is excellent. And when they lose the ball, they have the motivation, fitness and discipline to win it back.If only all teams could adopt this style of play..winning at all cost is just not enough. For my book, winning has to be winning in style.Sorry guys, it can only be Barca.
Barca will win this thing with ease if Ibra shows up. Teams will find ways to shut Messi down.
can man u survive 2 legs of getting 11 men behind the ball again and hope barca dont get a pen or score? what happens if barca get an early goal? the only way to beat barca is to get all men in your own half and defend as man u did 2 seasons ago and chelsea almost did last season
Re: RicardopadresiWhat? did you not watch last year's final?
posted Mar 23, 2010
no team since milan in 1990 has repeated win two years in a rowthis makes barça the least favourite to win the thingalso, barça is not playing as brilliant as in 2009if messi gets injured they wont win a thingbut if for some reason, messi, iniesta, xavi, alves and ibrahimovic have their day... nobody will stop them
posted Mar 25, 2010
Just because no team has won in two yrs in a row for some time means nothing, if you were around long enough to remember 1990 or have the capability to look that sort of thing up then you should also understand that statistics mean nothing to the individual...What you say about Messi is suggesting that they are a 1 man team... that is by no means true, same for Utd and Rooney although both players have such hug impacts on the game and as for Messi, Iniesta, Xavi and ibrahimovic... Vidic, Rio, Fletcher and Hargreaves same for Arsenal and Inters players are capable of stopping them and i hope they do, i would really love for SAF to go up against Jose in the final or better yet an all English final in both the Europeon competitions, would love to see that annoying frenchmens face if it happens :D
yes you are right, I was being a little exagerated about messibut when you have a top player its normal that you miss him if he misses a matchof course barÃ§a is not a one player team, but lately they dont work as great as a team as they did last year, thats why they would miss messi a lot more in this case... that was my pointthis same season barÃ§a beat inter milan 2-0 without messi and ibrahimovic
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