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11 points separate Barcelona and Real Madrid with only 12 points to play for. Los Merengues host Malaga on Wednesday in a match that could finally hand the La Liga title to the Catalans.
The La Liga title has been all but confirmed for quite sometime, but a mid-week slip up from Real Madrid could finally confirm what many have known, or at least believed.
Although Tito Vilanova's side could already be crowned champions before their next match against Atletico Madrid, what started off looking like a brilliant campaign for the Blaugrana has slowly lost some of is bright spots.
From their first 18 matches, Barcelona looked destined for yet another record breaking season, if that was even possible, after what they had already accomplished with Pep Guardiola at the helm. The transition to Vilanova did not appear to cause any problems for the Catalans as they kicked off at a remarkable pace.
An upsetting defeat at the hands of Bayern Munich in the Champions League now has Barcelona trying to focus on on the La Liga title.
Not many people would have expected Barcelona to have gone out of the Champions League the way they did, but after watching those two very one sided matches, Tito Vilanova's side clearly has some weak spots.
Starting from the back, they have been struggling defensively for some time now, but with such a comfortable lead in La Liga, Puyol and Mascherano certainly will not be rushed back. Eric Abidal will likely get the start along side Pique, while Pinto should start in goal for Valdes who is out with a foot injury.
Keeping teams off the score-sheet has not been easy for the Blaugrana, and it could be very much of the same scenario on Sunday.
A 4-0 defeat at the hands of Bayern Munich in the first match now forces Barcelona to be nearly perfect to pull off an improbable comeback. Not only would it be improbable, but it would also be historic.
Pep Guardiola may not have taken the hot seat at the Allianz Arena just yet, but judging by Bayern's performance against Barcelona last week, the Spanish manager could be on his way to more success with his new club.
Munich's showing in the first match of this two leg affair was not only impressive, but it was beyond outstanding. How could it be that a team like Barcelona had been dominated and pushed around the pitch for 90 minutes?
The German side did their homework and knew that if they were going to have a chance of making it to another Champions League Final, they would need to be physical and force Barcelona to make mistakes.
Barcelona praying for the spirit of the 4-0 Milan comeback to haunt Bayern Munich on Wednesday; World’s best player Lionel Messi in danger of suffering another semi-final heartache
Miami Beach, Florida (April 29, 2013) – This Wednesday, make Sportsnet (in Canada), Sky Sports (in UK) and Fox networks (in USA) your home if you want to watch Barcelona vs Bayern Munich live. LiveSoccerTV.com (@LiveSoccerTV) has a packed list of live stream and TV schedules information ahead of this engaging UEFA Champions League semi-final second leg fixture at the Camp Nou.
Barcelona want to believe that their Champions League dream is not over. They suffered the shock of the year at the Allianz Arena as Bayern Munich mercilessly hit them with four unanswered goals. Inevitably, Tito Vilanova’s coaching credentials have gone under scrutiny. Was Pep Guardiola’s successor right to play Lionel Messi for the full 90 minutes?
After being swept aside by the two Bundesliga giants, both Ronaldo and Messi need to give a performance of a lifetime in a bid to steer their clubs out of dire straits.
As things stand, Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich could be set to play each other in the final of the Champions League at Wembley. After dismantling their respective Spanish oppositions in the coldest of fashions possible, there is a high probability of seeing an All-German UCL final for the first time ever.
Bayern Munich beat Barcelona 4-0 in the first leg while Real Madrid were thrashed 4-1 at the hands of Borussia Dortmund. Both results mean that the two giants of Spanish football are left with a mountain to climb. And it is quite right to suggest that these two teams need a miracle.
After getting completely outplayed at the Allianz Arena on Tuesday, Barcelona returns to the domestic league with the possibility of claiming the La Liga title against Athletic Bilbao.
If someone had told you that Bayern Munich was going to not only out perform Barcelona, but that they were also going to win 4-0, your initial reaction would have been of disbelief. Unfortunately for Barcelona, just four days later, the hangover of that heavy 4-0 defeat still hangs over their heads.
Not only was it a convincing victory for Bayern, but it may have shifted some prestige from the Spanish La Liga to the German Bundesliga. Could the Germans be on the verge of becoming a more powerful and entertaining league?
Regardless of anyone's opinion, Barcelona's Andres Iniesta believes that his side still deserves respect given what they have been able to achieve in recent years.
Bayern Munich vs Barcelona takes centre stage on April 23 as Jupp Heynckes hopes to take his side a step closer to the 2012/13 UEFA Champions League final at Wembley
Miami Beach, Florida (April 21, 2013) – Bayern Munich vs Barcelona is the match that will get millions of spectators locked to their seats to watch the likes of Lionel Messi and Arjen Robben clash in an epic UEFA Champions League semi-final first-leg battle. Multiple sports networks around the globe will broadcast Bayern vs Barca from 14:45 EST / 18:45 GMT / 20:45 CET live online or on television on Tuesday, April 23, 2013. Live Soccer TV (@LiveSoccerTV) has an extensive list with info.
The Allianz Arena will open its gates to host 2009 and 2011 UEFA Champions League winners Barcelona this Tuesday. The Germans are in devastating form and could argue being the best team in Europe currently.
Regardless of how indifferent their form has been of late, Bayern Munich are aware of the fact that Barcelona will not be an easy opponent tonight at the Allianz Arena
Bayern Munich tonight, host Barcelona in the first leg of the Champions League semi-final at Allianz Arena in what many people have described as the poster game of the competition’s last four encounters.
Bayern Munich head into this game in exhilarating form, having scored 12 goals in their last two games and conceding only two. However, the Bavarians would be aware of the fact that European football is a different game and if they aspire to be in Wembley this May, they need to be at their best.
Two consecutive clean-sheets in the domestic league has Barcelona well on their way to claiming the La Liga title.
The La Liga title may not be clinched mathematically just yet, but that will not stop Barcelona from having one eye on their mid-week clash with Bayern Munich. A 13 point lead in the domestic league has Tito Vilanova's side beyond cruise control, allowing them to potentially rest some players for their upcoming Champions League match.
Barcelona's first meeting with Levante this season ended very well for the Blaugrana. Despite not being able to score in the first half, Messi, Iniesta and Fabregas found the back of the net in the second 45 to give the Catalans a 0-4 victory away from the Nou Camp.
Real Zaragoza is 18th in the La Liga, forcing them to try and earn points as often as possible, with just eight matches remaining.
Barcelona's mid-week performance against a confident and promising PSG side may not have been their best, but at the end of the day, the Blaugrana booked their ticket into the next round. Knowing Bayern Munich is the next team in their way of a European Championship, Tito Vilanova's squad will have to focus on a Zaragoza side who will have no pressure on them Sunday.
The hosts have not managed to win a match in 2013, with their chances on Sunday not looking very promising. Their last victory came in December, when they defeated Bilbao away from home. A match against the current leaders of the La Liga may not be an ideal match to climb out of the relegation zone, but if anything, it should bring the best out of some of their players.
The second leg of the Champions League quarter-final between Barcelona and Paris Saint Germain promises to be an intriguing contest. While there will be an array of talent on the pitch, two players namely Ibrahimovic and Messi will be the men to watch out for.
While the hosts Barcelona boast a squad regarded by many as one of the greatest ever assembled, the visitors are newly emerging force after the recent influx of massive finances.
And while PSG still have a long way to go before it can match the mystical class of the Catalans, it does have in Zlatan Ibrahimovic a striker who can be better than the best in the world on his day. Interestingly, Barcelona does have the best striker in the world in the form of Lionel Messi. Hence football fans from the world over will be at the edge of their seats as they witness which striker walks out victorious at the final whistle.
A late goal from PSG's Matuidi gave the French side some hope, as they will look to keep Barcelona from progressing to the semi-finals for a sixth successive year.
PSG may have had a controversial first goal against Barcelona in the first leg, but at this point, all that matters is the 2-2 draw the Parisians will take with them to the Nou Camp on Wednesday night. A draw will do them no good, so needing to score will put some pressure on their players, but going up against an injury plagued Barcelona will give Ancelotti's men a glimmer of hope.
Unfortunately for Tito Vilanova, this big match will not have the presence of Javier Mascherano and Carles Puyol, who are both out due to injury. One other questionable player is Messi, who has been out with a thigh injury. His status for tomorrow's match is still unknown, although many believe he will be available.
When Mallorca visits Camp Nou later tonight, the 19th placed side will be hoping for a less severe encounter due to the absence of star striker Lionel Messi.
Messi picked up a hamstring injury recently and is fighting hard to find fitness for the match against PSG.
Meanwhile, manger Tito Villanova will be forced to make a decision regarding whom to play in the centre up-front. The possible choices he has have been discussed below:
Since his move to Spain, the Spaniard’s reputation as an efficient force up front has often caught the limelight. While there was no doubt regarding his creativity in the centre of the park while at Arsenal, at Barcelona his attacking instincts have been seen to flourish further.
Ligue 1 leaders PSG will welcome Barcelona to the Parc des Princes on Tuesday, with Tito Vilanova expected to be back with the Blaugrana.
It was not too long ago that Zlatan Ibrahimovic was representing the Barcelona colors, but on Tuesday night, he will get a chance to defeat his former side in a highly anticipated Champions League clash in Paris.
The Swedish international was supposed to miss out on this match after having received a red card against Valencia in the last knockout round, but PSG's request to cut down the length of the suspension will allow Zlatan to play on Tuesday. Having him available will be a big boost to his side, considering he has scored 31 goals in 37 appearances for the Parisians.
With Zlatan's return, Carlo Ancelotti will also welcome Ezequiel Lavezzi back into the squad, after the Argentinean sat out their last match against Montpellier.
For as long as the game of football will exist, Lionel Messi’s name will always be mentioned as a shining achievement for the sport. The Barcelona wizard yesterday recorded a goal in the 19th consecutive La Liga fixture, thereby setting another record.
Each generation of football fans have their own set of idols on the football field. They discuss them, adore them, sing for them, fight for them and applaud them through thick and thin. Football today is also graced by several names who give amazing performances every now and then, gaining respect from football followers the world over. However, there are few names in the history of football, let alone modern football, as big and as great as Lionel Messi’s.
When the Argentinean was diagnosed with Growth hormone deficiency in his childhood, few would have imagined what the boy would go on to achieve later in his life. However, those who believed in him were the ones who mattered the most, as he was spotted by the Barcelona scouts and taken to Spain.
There have been few Argentineans in the world who have mesmerized mankind like the 25 year-old Lionel Andres Messi. His skills as a footballer can be compared to the greatest players to have ever graced the game.
For many, Messi is the best player football player ever to have been born. His talent is coupled with his performances on the field, and his achievements are enough to do the talking.
At 25, Leo Messi has already become the highest goal-scorer for Barcelona in all competitions, the club where he moved to at the age of 11 after being diagnosed of Growth hormone deficiency. Messi’s ascent in football was thereby electric, with the legendary Diego Maradona naming him as his “successor”.
A convincing victory over Milan which helped the Blaugrana qualify for the next round of the Champions League appears to have them back on track.
Barcelona's surprising, yet deserved defeat at the San Siro had many football personalities questioning the Blaugrana and whether or not they were beginning to fall off the pedestal. Their 4-0 victory in the second match at the Nou Camp should have been enough to silence some of those who were starting to question them.
Up next will be a Rayo Vallecano side that has not even slightly enjoyed their previous matches with the Blaugrana. From their last four matches with Barcelona, Rayo has been outscored 19-0. Those are not numbers that will give your squad confidence, but at least scoring a goal will be an improvement.
Barcelona fired up to shut the mouth of critics by overturning a 2-0 deficit against Milan; several channels lined up to broadcast Barcelona vs Milan live on Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Miami Beach, Florida (March 11, 2013) – Barcelona vs Milan is one of those games that promises to get football fans out of their seats throughout the encounter. Millions of supporters are craving to watch this highly anticipated UEFA Champions League Last 16 second leg encounter live from the Camp Nou. However, not everyone is a ticket-holder. Hence, Live Soccer TV (@LiveSoccerTV) offers its users live streaming and TV schedule information to know where to watch Barcelona vs Milan live in 150 different countries on Tuesday, March 12, 2013.
Barcelona were left paralyzed in Italy in the first leg of this UEFA Champions League Last 16 tie. Two Ghanaian stars – goal scorers Kevin-Prince Boateng and Sulley Muntari – stole the spotlight away from the world’s most applauded footballer, Lionel Messi.
Camp Nou will be home to a fascinating contest this week as the flair of Barcelona will look to over-come the two goal deficit it suffered at the San Siro earlier, with the resilience of AC Milan trying its best to prevent this.
While many were surprised at the result of the previous fixture when these two sides met in the first leg, more surprises might await us when the two European giants meet again soon. The most absorbing part of this match will be the clash between attack and defence, as progression to the next round means a lot to both the competitors.
Modern day strategic planning before a match often involves sketching up key one-to-one battles on the football fields. The side with the greatest success in these battles usually ends up on the winning side. Here, we take a look at some of these battles that both managers might have shed light upon in the pre-match preparation.
Mexes vs Messi
This is one battle that every football fan in the world will have his/her eyes upon. It can be safely assumed that anyone who requires an introduction to the maestro Lionel Messi probably doesn’t know a thing about modern football. Barcelona are currently under the weight of a two goal deficit, and Messi is its go-to man to lead the attack.
His accomplishments are unknown to none, his skills have baffled one and all.
Last year, Ronaldo sparked controversy by stating he was ‘sad’ at Real Madrid. Now, Barcelona’s Lionel Messi is the one ‘lacking spark’ with ‘his head down a bit more than usual’ according to Dani Alves.
Lionel Messi is adored for his quiet behaviour. The diminutive Argentine often shies away from cameras and his private life is not something that is talked about in tabloids, unlike close rival Cristiano Ronaldo. That said, the world might never know if Messi is really sad at the moment as his Barcelona team mate, Dani Alves, suggests.
Of course, no one should expect Lionel Messi - with his calm character - to speak right into a microphone and claim that he is 'sad', especially not after signing a new lucrative Barcelona deal earlier in January.
Messi has not been decisive lately, and that is a fact. He was widely considered as the flop of the match during Barcelona’s shocking 2-0 loss away to Milan in the UEFA Champions League. The Argentine player’s highlights of the night included a sky-high free-kick from 30 yards as stats revealed that he directed no shot on target.