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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.
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.
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.
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.
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”.
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.
Two of Europe’s elites will clash on Tuesday night as Barcelona take on AC Milan in the second leg of the round of 16, prior to the anticipated match let’s take a look at some very interesting facts.
1. Barcelona hold an advantage over Milan in the fixture.Of the 16 matches played Barcelona have won six, with Milan having managed five wins and the rest of the five ended in draws.
2. In both the last two knock out meetings between the two sides, Barcelona have managed to beat their counterparts on aggregate and advance to the next round.
3. Milan recorded a 4-0 victory over Barcelona, when they defeated a strong team led by Johan Cruyff in the Champions League Final held in Athens in 1994.
Copa del Rey semi-final victims Barcelona visit bitter rivals Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu in the Spanish La Liga; Unusual early kick-off of El Clasico live for online and TV viewers in USA
Miami Beach, Florida (March 1, 2013) – Set your alarm for an early start as El Clasico kicks off at 10:00 a.m. EST on Saturday, March 2, 2013. Live Soccer TV (@LiveSoccerTV) brings its users information on where to watch Real Madrid vs Barcelona live from the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu – whether USA or elsewhere in the world.
El Clasico on Saturday promises to be a totally different game than what the world saw live from the Camp Nou in the Copa del Rey on February 26. Barcelona were crushed in their own backyard and when Angel Di Maria ridiculed Carles Puyol to assist Cristiano Ronaldo’s second goal, there was no way back for the hosts.
Pause the Ronaldo vs Messi rivalry for a while. El Clasico on March 2 in La Liga will rather be about Barcelona’s aim to bounce back as a team and Real Madrid’s desire to maintain momentum.
You can count Angel Di Maria out of El Clasico. The Argentine picked up two bookings within 20 minutes at Riazor last weekend and must therefore serve suspension. While he could profit of his absence by refreshing his legs ahead of next week’s do-or-die Champions League match away to Manchester United, other team mates such as Kaka, Luka Modric and Michael Essien are likely to make Real Madrid’s starting XI against Barcelona on Saturday.
For the visitors, doubts surround Lionel Messi’s availability. La Pulga missed Wednesday’s training session with illness. His colleagues, Xavi Hernandez and Cesc Fabregas had to be given painkilling injections to feature in Tuesday’s 3-1 loss to Real Madrid in the Copa del Rey, according to Mundo Deportivo.
El Clasico in the Copa del Rey semis; Lionel Messi’s Barcelona and Cristiano Ronaldo’s Real Madrid to clash before a full house at the Camp Nou and millions of online and TV spectators live
Miami Beach, Florida (February 25, 2013) – The winner of the Copa del Rey semi-final encounter between Barcelona and Real Madrid will be decided at the Camp Nou on Tuesday, February 26, 2013. El Clasico is set to attract millions of viewers on television and online from 15:00 EST / 20:00 GMT / 21:00 CET. Live Soccer TV brings its users information on where to watch Barcelona vs Real Madrid whether you are in UK, USA or elsewhere in the world.
Notice: Go here to Watch ‘El Clasico’ Real Madrid vs Barcelona live on TV and online – March 2, 2013.
In the United States, El Clasico will be live and exclusive on beIN SPORT and beIN Sport en Español at 15:00 EST. Note: Countries such as Andorra, France and Puerto Rico must also tune into beIN Sport to watch Barcelona vs Real Madrid live.
El Clasico comes twice this week – first in the Copa del Rey and then in La Liga. The Catalans and Los Blancos are both entering Tuesday’s match having won at the weekend.
Team news and analysis
Barcelona are eager to knock out Real Madrid from the Copa del Rey but only victory or a goalless draw on home soil will do. Lionel Messi keeps scoring goals for fun in the Spanish La Liga.
However, he failed to find the net in his last two cup matches – at the Bernabeu in the first leg of this Copa del Rey semi-final tie and at the San Siro against Milan in the Champions League. Fresh from helping Barca overcome Sevilla in a comeback situation in La Liga, La Pulga is set to give Real Madrid’s defenders a tough time on Tuesday. Meanwhile, Raphel Varane who saved the first leg of El Clasico at the Bernabeu for Real Madrid will be fired up to shut down Messi.
Since their debut in the UEFA Champions League, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have faced Italian teams on several occasions. In this article, we bring you rare facts you probably never knew.
1) Lionel Messi has played approximately 790 minutes of normal time against Italian teams in his career so far, whereas Ronaldo has played a bit more than 1020 minutes up to now.
2) Messi and Ronaldo both faced Italian teams for the first time in the Champions League in 2005. Although he did not score a goal or made an assist, the then-Barcelona starlet enjoyed a 4-1 win over Udinese; while the Manchester United performer underwent a 1-0 loss against Milan, with only 1 shot in the game. Both players were substituted in their respective games minutes after the hour mark.
3) Messi’s first goal against an Italian team came in his sixth meeting, when he entered the scoring sheet against AC Milan on 23 November 2011. More impressively though, Ronaldo’s first goal against an Italian team came in his fourth meeting—against AS Roma on 10 April 2007. The Portuguese star scored a double in that game, as Manchester United won 7-1.
Barcelona’s current team has reached all heights – in Spain, Europe and the world. Many claim that the Catalans are the best team to ever grace world football. How true is that?
Barcelona are in an unusual and awkward position following Wednesday night’s UEFA Champions League Round of 16 first leg defeat to Milan at the San Siro. The last time they had to overcome a 2-0 deficit by an Italian team, they failed. That was back in 2010 against Internazionale.
Then coach Jose Mourinho, a master of negative football, led his team to a controversial 3-1 win on home soil before using ultra-defensive tactics at the Camp Nou. In that match, Gerard Pique scored a late goal but Barcelona never managed to rescue the tie against 10-man Inter.
Barcelona must react or suffer a repeat of the Internazionale nightmare – this time, against the Nerazzurri’s city rivals, Milan. Assistant coach Jordi Roura blamed Wednesday’s 2-0 loss on the San Siro’s ‘potato pitch’ while Blaugrana supporters remain furious about the referee’s decision to allow Kevin-Prince Boateng’s opener despite the handball in the build-up.
Ahead of Barcelona’s crunch match against AC Milan in the Champions League’s last 16 on Wednesday, we look at Messi’s best moments in his career so far, at this stage of the competition.
Bad injuries in the 2005/06 and 2007/08 seasons did not allow Messi to get the best out of the Round of 16. Blows against Chelsea and Celtic respectively restricted the player’s contributions to his team’s operation in the knockout phase of the Champions League.
Nonetheless, the Guardiola era gave the Argentine a new path to follow; one that would let him showcase his abilities and rip rewards without setbacks. In the next lines, we look at 10 moments in which La Pulga dazzled in the Champions League’s Round of 16.
1) Messi vs Celtic (18’) – 20/2/2008
After Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink daringly stole the lead on 16 minutes at Celtic Park through a powerful header, Lionel Messi ensured his side was back on level terms 2 minutes later – netting his very first goal in the UEFA Champions League’s last 16.
Nothing destabilizes Barcelona’s invincible soldiers more than negative football does. If Milan want to triumph in the Champions League Last 16, they must ignore the importance of playing a beautiful game.
Mario Balotelli’s inability to feature in the 2012/13 UEFA Champions League as a cup-tied player means that Milan will be missing a key element in their puzzle against Barcelona. The Italians certainly cannot afford to push forward too much. When asked how the Rossoneri could overcome a Barcelona squad powered by the presence of Lionel Messi, Panchina d’Oro winner Antonio Conte of Juventus told reporters on Tuesday:
“How do you stop Messi? With a gun!”
This humorous answer might be similar to ‘parking the bus’ or ‘man-marking’ La Pulga. In fact, Milan are arguably no match for Barcelona on paper – player for player. Only tactics, and perhaps luck as Fabio Capello declared, could put the Rossoneri on top of the Blaugrana in this Last 16 tie.
Mario Balotelli must wait before going head-to-head with the world's best player officially, Lionel Messi. Blame this on the rules of the UEFA Champions League, if you like.
Ex-Manchester City virus Mario Balotelli has been sensational since his transfer to Milan. However, he will not play any part in his side’s Champions League campaign this year which include Wednesday’s titanic battle against Lionel Messi’s Barcelona.
This is an opportunity that a confident player like Mario Balotelli would have relished. The Italian has claimed several times in the past that only Messi has proven to be a better footballer than him. Clashing face to face with the four-time Ballon d’Or winner in the UEFA Champions League would have offered pundits and fans a lot to discuss and watch.
However, due to his involvement in the group stages of this season’s competition as a Manchester City player, Mario Balotelli cannot represent Milan. The striker is cup-tied – much to the disappointment of the Rossoneri whose chances of defeating Barcelona are already not very big on paper.