Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Arsenal vs. Barcelona: Guardiola believes that possession of the ball is the key to beat Wenger's team

The catalan coach says that possession of the ball is extremely important to achieve a victory in their clash against the Gunners. With extremely talented players like Xavi, Messi or Thierry Henry, it should be a simple task for Barcelona.

Barcelona's coach knows how football is: "Arsenal will play to their strengths, so we will do it so". We will defend each ball very agressively and attack in the same way.

He said to be honored of play at the Emirates Stadium: "It's an honor for us to come to this stadium to face such a mythical club, a really good rival for many years who are an example of how to play good football".

Van Gaal is proud of his team after win over Manchester United.

Louis van Gaal is convinced that their 2-1 victory over Manchester United was fair. Frank Ribery and Ivica Olić scored the winner goals for Bayern and the coach praises them as well as his whole team.

Bayern Munich manager said: "To recieve a goal so early was not easy to accept, but it happens. Football is like this. It was also incredible the way we played in front of one of the best clubs in the World. The first half we fought hard to be superior, and in the second half we totally achieve it. I'm proud of my footballer".

Sir Alex Ferguson was not happy with the result but he thinks the goal they scored in the first minutes can be vital to get the ticket to the semis: "We did not perform well, we keep giving the ball away. In the last years that has been our style, so we are responsibles of our own defeat. But Bayern Munich deserves to be congratulated, they did a great game".

It's also important to say that English star Wayne Rooney suffered a sever injury at the end of the match, and his whole country awaits for the diagnosis.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Bayern Munich vs. Manchester United: Ribery warns about Wayne Rooney

There are only few hours left before the Manchester United - Bayern Munich clash begins, and French striker Franck Ribery is convinced that the English footballer is the main reason why Manchester United is achieving things in the last years, and has become even more important this season. Stopping him is the key to win the game

"Rooney is proving his class this season and I am truly happy for him. He's hungry of victory. Players like him give everything for their teams. However, even when the whole world sees us losing this match, I think we have a great chance."

Bayern coach Louis Van Gaal agrees with his footballer: "Rooney is hard to mark out of the game. However, we must deal with that. The good thing is that we have enough quality."

The game will take place at the Allianz Arena in Munich.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Arjen Robben might be out of duel with Manchester United

Bayern Munich coach Louis Van Gaal stated that if Robben in not "100% ready, he will not play".

The quarterfinals opening game between Manchester United and Bayern Munich is a really expected derby in Europe, and no player in the world would like to miss it.

"He is not injured, but the muscle is tired. Robben is really important for the squad but I need players that are 100% fit for the match" Van Gaal said.

The coach assured that they proved to be better than great teams like Juventus and Fiorentina, but they must beat Manchester United to see if they are meant to reach important stages.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Arsenal's William Gallas to miss Champions League match against Barcelona

French defender William Gallas will not play the first leg of the Arsenal vs. Barcelona clash.

As we know, the London team is facing one of the most difficult games in the last years, hoping that they can eliminate Messi's team and reach the semifinals of the UEFA Champions League.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger was clear when he said that Gallas would not recover from a calf injury in time to battle Guardiola's squad: "William is back from his rehabilitation today and I believe he will return to full training this weekend. However, he is too short to be available for our game at Birmingham this weekend - and certainly as well for the clash with Barcelona.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Quarterfinals: Arsenal to face Barcelona, Manchester United to play against Bayern Munich

The city of Nyon, Switzerland, was the place for the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals draw. And some really unpredictible encounters came up: Arsenal will face current champions Barcelona, while Manchester United has to battle Bayern Munich.

Arsene Wenger side was drawn to face the heavily favored defending champions from Spain on Friday, with the winner potentially facing Italian powerhouse Inter Milan.

To complete the schedule, Lyon will have a French battle Bordeaux, and Inter Milan will play with CSKA Moscow.

According to the original schedule, this matches will be played March 30-31, with the return legs on April 6-7. The semifinals are scheduled for April 20-21 and 27-28.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Barcelona and Bordeaux in Quarterfinals: Brilliant Messi leads win over Stuttgart

In a really brilliant night, Barcelona crushed Stuttgart 4-0 on Wednesday and advanced to the quarterfinals stage of the Champions League

Lionel Messi scored two amazing goals and proved to be the best footballer nowadays. Pedro Rodriguez and Bojan Krkic also netted as the Blaugranas went through 5-1 on aggregate. The German team could do nothing to avoid the defeat.

President Laporta stated his satisfaction with the performance of his squad: "I am really satisfied. It was important to get to the quarter-finals. The team deserves it. They demonstrated a high level, we are on the right track. I like that we are going after our dreams, and that's important".

In the other match of the day, Bordeaux defeated Olympiakos 2-1 and got a 3-1 aggregate victory. The French club reach the quarterfinals for the first time since 1988.

Talented Yoann Gourcuff and Marouane Chamakh scored to overcome Kostas Mitroglou's goal for the visitors.

"Right after our goal, we had a few chances.If our footballers had believed it in more, then the outcome could have been different" Olympiakos boss coach Bozidar Bandovic regreted the result.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Inter destroy Chelsea dreams of European glory, and CSKA Moscow makes history by eliminating Sevilla

Former Chelsea coach Jose Mourinho guided his powerful Inter Milan to a 1-0 win over Chelsea FC. The 3-1 aggregate score allows the Italian team to qualify for the next stage of the Champions League and leaves the English club with a new dissapointing season ending in Europe.

It was not going to be easy for Mourinho to face his old team, a club where he was able to lift so many trophies. But after his victory, he said: "Today I was the enemy, and today the enemy won".

The Portuguese coach celebrated calmly when his African star Samuel Eto'o scored the first and only goal of the match, after fellow striker Diego Milito had missed the chance to seal Chelsea's fate even earlier.

In Tuesday's other game for the round of 16, CSKA Moscow surprised everybody by defeating the Spanish powerhouse Sevilla. Tomas Necid and Japanese player Keisuke Honda scored for the Russian team.