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PostSubject: Official Champions League thread   Wed Nov 07, 2007 7:22 pm

Official Champions League Thread here all the barca matches in cl post here not anywhere else. ..
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PostSubject: Re: Official Champions League thread   Wed Nov 07, 2007 7:25 pm

yeah.. post some links of the GOALS

good game ... i was gonna bet on them winning 3-0

2-0 was close enough

i knew henry was gonna score
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PostSubject: Re: Official Champions League thread   Wed Nov 07, 2007 7:27 pm

Report: Barcelona 2 Rangers 0 - PA Sport

Rangers' dreams of another Nou Camp glory night have been shattered as they were comfortably beaten 2-0 in the UEFA Champions League by dominant Barcelona.

Thierry Henry and Lionel Messi scored the goals as Frank Rijkaard's Barca side took a giant step towards the knockout stages - and leaving Rangers' chances of joining them in the balance.

The Nou Camp had been the scene of one of Rangers' most famous triumphs, when they beat Moscow Dynamo here in 1972 to win the European Cup Winners' Cup.

Heroes from that squad returned to the stadium this week to see if the current Rangers team could produce a similarly historic achievement, but Walter Smith's men were brushed aside by the Catalan giants.

Rangers were unbeaten in all seven of their European matches heading into this contest, but that record came to a disappointing if not unexpected end.

The result leaves Rangers still second in Group E on seven points, but third-placed Lyon are now just a point behind following their 4-2 win over Stuttgart.

Rangers held Barcelona to a goalless draw at Ibrox a fortnight ago after nullifying the Spanish giants' all-star attack, and Smith insisted his side would be employing similar tactics.

Daniel Cousin started as a lone front man for the visitors, but he saw little of the ball in the first half as Barca dominated possession.

Rijkaard sent his men out with the aim of scoring early in the belief it would force Rangers to open up a bit more, and an early goal is exactly what the home side got.

There were just five minutes on the clock when Henry slid in to notch his 44th Champions League goal after Messi had headed Ronaldinho's deep ball to the far post back across Rangers goalkeeper Allan McGregor.

After Messi had curled in a shot straight at McGregor, Rangers briefly threatened in the 14th minute with a DaMarcus Beasley header that drifted wide.

Andres Iniesta sent a curling effort just wide before Ronaldinho fired in a stinging shot that McGregor did well to tip over at full stretch.

McGregor then kept out an effort from Henry, but the 25-year-old Scot could do little to prevent Barca going 2-0 ahead just before the break.

Ronaldinho and Messi played a clever one-two on the edge of the box and although the Brazilian's effort was saved by McGregor, Messi was on hand to turn home the loose ball.

Barca continued to make all the running after the break, and Xavi saw two shots go just wide while Messi and Henry were denied by McGregor.

Off the pitch, tension was mounting behind one of the goals where Barca and a smattering of Rangers fans were located, an incident which had escalated from the first half.

Objects were thrown between the two sets of supporters and, while security guards had been employed earlier to try to diffuse the situation, riot police made their presence known at the start of the second half.

That appeared to have the required effect as the rival fans returned to watching the match and the riot police soon left the area with no more obvious incidents in the remainder of the game.

The momentum on the pitch had not changed in the slightest though, with Barca still in total control.

Iniesta and Messi missed golden opportunities, before Rangers coach Smith gave Cousin some support up front, sending on Jean-Claude Darcheville and Nacho Novo.

Cousin made way for Steven Naismith with 15 minutes remaining, but the three newcomers did little to affect Barca's total domination.

Rangers had a rare chance to test home goalkeeper Victor Valdes in the 81st minute when Darcheville won a free-kick 25 yards out.

The Frenchman took the shot himself, but although his was a well-struck effort, it went straight into Valdes' midriff.

McGregor then almost gifted Barca a third goal with four minutes to go when he let Bojan's attempted lob slip through his grasp.

However, the Rangers goalkeeper managed to recover possession before the ball crossed the line, denying 17-year-old Bojan the chance to become the youngest scorer in Champions League history.

Novo finally gave Valdes something serious to think about in injury-time when he connected well with a volley at the far post - but Valdes did well to keep it out low down to his right.
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PostSubject: Re: Official Champions League thread   Wed Nov 07, 2007 7:30 pm

which team can beat barca u think?

its lookin more like barca will win the cl this year
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PostSubject: Re: Official Champions League thread   Wed Nov 07, 2007 7:53 pm

maybe BUT MAYBE inter or man u ,i dont c anybody else maybe even liverpool but hard coz barca youth si aslo comin through .. . .
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PostSubject: Re: Official Champions League thread   Thu Nov 08, 2007 8:08 am

man u? ur kidding me!!

i'd be more afraid of arsenal than manu!

my list goes like this for the CL

1- arsenal
2- barca
3- inter
4- chelsea ( well, maybe not .. )

if mourinho didnt leave, id say they were the number 1 contenders.. but that old fuck in charge is rubbish, they'll lose in the Q's or Semi's for sure ..
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PostSubject: Re: Official Champions League thread   Thu Nov 08, 2007 10:10 pm

no way bro manu are strong as now especialy with vidic n ferdinand in defence n now attack even better with tevez,rooney, ronaldo very dangerous, yer arsenal is so strong that they couldnt beat slavija prague. .. .
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PostSubject: Re: Official Champions League thread   Thu Nov 08, 2007 10:19 pm

they didnt need to ! thats the whole point.. the qualified
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PostSubject: Re: Official Champions League thread   Tue Jan 22, 2008 3:10 pm

Cygan: I know how to stop Barcelona's Henry


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Villarreal defender Pascal Cygan is confident he can keep former
Arsenal teammate Thierry Henry quiet when they face Barcelona this week.


Cygan played alongside Henry for four seasons at Arsenal and says:
"Henry stands apart and his quality allows him to escape any situation.
However, if you're a player who can read his body movements and not get
caught by his pace, then you can create problems for him."You need to watch the space in front of him. If you can cut out the balls for him to run onto, then it restricts his game."When he's on the ball, you need a teammate to
cover you. It's obvious that you cannot beat him for leg speed, but
with tactical intelligence and a little concentration you can stop
him."
this ones for you Alique Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Official Champions League thread   Sun Mar 02, 2008 6:07 pm

When this ridiculously talented group finally looks like the unbeatable bunch they should be, they lose to Athletico

Trend or fluke?
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PostSubject: Re: Official Champions League thread   Sun Mar 02, 2008 6:47 pm

athletico are a very underrated side...

you just have to look at their players this season and think WHY they're at the position they're at

pity they were knocked out of the uefa cup.. they could've gone all the way
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PostSubject: Re: Official Champions League thread   Sun Mar 02, 2008 7:43 pm

I agree, Athletico actually got a great group of players, and a great team, but I honestly thought that they didn't had a prayer the way Barca had been playing lately.
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PostSubject: Re: Official Champions League thread   Mon Mar 03, 2008 8:12 am

they have the wiz kid... screw messi, i prefer sergio.. playing for a 2nd rate club and managing to beat barca fair and square
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PostSubject: Re: Official Champions League thread   Thu Apr 17, 2008 5:29 pm

cum on Barca.. kill these devils and meet us in the final
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PostSubject: Re: Official Champions League thread   Mon Apr 21, 2008 11:29 am

wats dinhos injury?
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PostSubject: Re: Official Champions League thread   Mon Apr 21, 2008 3:52 pm

Eto'o says he might leave if Barca don't make it to CL final. This team is really in a big crisis.
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PostSubject: Re: Official Champions League thread   Thu May 01, 2008 6:14 am

fuck him, i hope he leaves for good.
I think i know what the problem is with Barca but to begin to explain i will ask a simple question: in 1 kitchen, how many Chefs do you want to have? 1, 2 or 3?

the pass pass pass football makes Barca a 1 dimensional team, with no width, cant change things because they have no ideas. The changes Rijkard makes are not tactical just mere change in players.

In Deco, Xavi and Iniesta You have 3 players who do the same thing and all have the same attributes: all good at passing, all short and not ball winners. Iniesta should have replaced Deco, who was playing badly, yet stayed on the field.. why wasnt he substituted? You see the team lacks another dimension under Rijkard. They wanna pass, pass til they get to the net, then pass again til they lose it; no1 was willing to have a shot from outside the box, no wingers to cross the ball in and defensively the pressure of having virtually the whole team being too attacking-minded, the pressure of being the holding Midfielder is too much and i feel for Toure, who had an excellent game. Zambrotta handled Ronaldo brilliantly, yes he played that blind pass, but dont forget he was in that position by himself as Messi isnt expected to come back to help out to defend.

poor barca. Outplayed their opposition twice and failed to score. So long Rijkard.

Eto couldnt do anything right that game and he stuck by him.. its such a pitty Henry is on the bench for an out of form, out of sorts Eto.
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