April 29, 2009 by Richard · Comments Off
It would be speed against power, with FC Barcelonaâ€™s charge lead by Lionel Messi, itâ€™s diminutive playmaker and able forwards Thierry Henry and Samuel Etoâ€™o against the bigger and stronger Chelsea Blues.
The challenge for Barcelona is to keep up its winning form against Bayern Munich in the first leg match in the last round against well-rested players from Guus Hiddinkâ€™s camp led by Didier Drogba, Michael Ballack and Michael Essien.
But at match time, Chelseaâ€™s defense was able to hold down the Barcelona offense and keep a nil all draw on the first leg of the Champions League semifinals. And this was the first time that the Spanish club was held scoreless since opening day of the Champions League. The highlights were the key saves that the goalkeepers of both clubs made. Victor Valdesâ€™ key stops on the 38th on a Didier Drogba interception of an errant pass kept the slate clean. As for Barcelona, Petr Cechâ€™s diving save to keep the ball out of the net from a Samuel Etoâ€™o breakaway kept the immaculate shut out safe.
February 18, 2009 by Maira Sarfraz · Comments Off
Barcelona paves the way in Spanish League with the trio to play trumps over Numancia 4-1 Saturday.
Messi scored with in the first 49 minutes of the game leaving Etoâ€™o and Henry to each score in the game.
Real Madrid and Sevilla is not down on the table for the Spanish league as Barcelona takes a fifth teen point lead.
Sunday Madrid is looking to tighten up the lead to Barcelona against Deportivo La Coruna only giving a 12 point lead.
Even with the joy of winning and taking the lead Barcelona was sadden when high wind pick up destroying an sports center where four children died. Players of the game took a moment out before the game to pay respect for the loss.
January 27, 2009 by Qasim · Comments Off
Alexander Hleb has said that he is a little disappointed at his own performances at Barcelona this season. Hleb moved to Barcelona from Arsenal last summer, and he has failed to hit the heights of his Arsenal days.
“I am not doingÂ as well asÂ I would like, evidentlyÂ I would like to play more and to play better. I am not happy with myself,” he said.
Hleb’s early days have been compared to those of Thierry Henry, who also moved from Arsenal to Barca in 2007. Henry failed to settle in his first season, but has been playing much better this time around. The winger acknowledged his team-mates problems today, and said he does need some confidence at the moment.
“ThierryÂ is playing very well now, heÂ isÂ scoring goals, and that is important for him and for the team. It has not been easy for him either though, because heÂ is playingÂ in a different position toÂ that which he played at Arsenal,” he declared.