Dani Alves, Chelsea, Champions League, Cesc Fabregas and Pep Guardiola >> Top 5 FCB News for Wednesday 18.4.12

Dani Alves, Chelsea, Champions League, Cesc Fabregas and Pep Guardiola : Links to our Top 5 FCB News, Wednesday 18.4.12

Chelsea play with fear and lack courage, claims Barcelona's Dani Alves | Football | The Guardian http://ow.ly/alz0Y

The Barcelona defender Dani Alves has risked opening old wounds before tomorrow's Champions League semi-final first leg with Chelseaafter claiming the Catalans' controversial victory over the Blues three years ago owed less to the performance of the referee, Tom Henning Ovrebo, and more to the Premier League team lacking courage, being gripped by fear and playing long-ball football.

May 6th, 2009: It began that day | totalBarça http://ow.ly/alzqc

Most of us culés will probably never forget where we were, or what we were doing, or how we celebrated Andrés Iniesta’s last minute equalizer at Stamford Bridge, on May 6th, 2009. That day, we witnessed the rise of an unforgettable team: a team that, luckily for us, still reigns over the world of football.

Cesc: “I signed for Barça to face challenges like the one against Chelsea” | FC Barcelona http://ow.ly/alzw3

The player explained that the matches that Barça will play this week against Chelsea and Madrid “are the ones I was expecting to play and enjoy” when he signed for FC Barcelona. The Catalan believes that “Chelsea come into the match on the best form they’ve had all season,” but he warned that “we have been very consistent this season and we’ve overcome all types of obstacles”

Guardiola: “It will be a tie with very few goals” | FC Barcelona http://ow.ly/alzLn

The manager highlights Chelsea’s winning attitude and he notes that “small details will decide which team makes it to the final”
Guardiola considers it “the best gift” to once again be in the semi-finals of the Champions League. The manager is clear that his team “must have the capacity to interpret the game well or we’ll have a terrible time”

Barcelona sign 11-year-old ‘Japanese Messi’ | World of Sport - Yahoo! Sport UK http://ow.ly/alziX

Footballing prodigy Takefusa Kubo, dubbed the 'Japanese Messi', has been snapped up by the club who boast the original Lionel Messi. According to reports in Spain, Barcelona moved after being impressed by his performances at a football school they ran in Yokohama. He had already shot to prominence when videos of him tricking his way past one defender after another appeared online, though for a long time his identity was unknown.
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