KHEDIRA ADMITS DEFEAT

The Real Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira has said that it will now be difficult to catch the la Liga leaders Barcelona in the title race after they failed to beat the Catalan club in the recently held El Clasico between the two clubs.

The German international was one of the impressive players for Real Madrid in the recent 2-2 draw with Barcelona. Real Madrid had an excellent match, but they were unable to get the vital goal that would have given them three points in the match. It would have helped them to reduce the lead at the top of the table to just five points.

XAVI BACKS VILANOVA

The Barcelona midfielder Xavi has said that he is extremely confident that the new manager Tito Vilanova can be as successful as the former manager Pep Guardiola. The former Barcelona captain took over the reins from Frank Rijkaard in 2008 and made Barcelona one of the most successful clubs in the world in the last few years.

He has also changed the philosophy of the club to the glory days of Cruyff, will also be responsible for making the Argentine Lionel Messi one of the best players in the world. During the last few years, Barcelona have lifted an astonishing 16 trophies.

INIESTA ON SONG

Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta has said that he is extremely satisfied that the club are being linked with a player like the Arsenal midfielder Alex Song.

MESSI STILL HAS NIGHTMARES

The Barcelona striker Lionel Messi has said that he is still worrying about the penalty miss he suffered in the semi-finals of the Champions League against Chelsea. It was one of the incredible seasons for Chelsea after they managed to lift the first Champions League title of their history.

Stuttering Spain to grow into Euro 2012

Spain may have stuttered through the group stage of Euro 2012, but by no means is this tournament about to fold on them.

As seems to be their way with a slow start, the game against Croatia provided Spain with a perfect wake-up call as they shape up for their next opponents, France.

Against Croatia, much as against Italy in their Group C opener, Spain were underwhelming. Vicente del Bosque’s team have been here before though – in 2010 to be exact. They started off with a defeat to Switzerland in South Africa, a result that raised plenty of eyebrows two years ago.

GUARDIOLA WAITING ON NEW JOB

Former Barcelona manager Guardiola has said that he would be willing to join another club as well as possible if they are ready to seduce him.

Chelsea are the favourites to secure the signature of Guardiola once he intends to get back into football management. The former Barcelona player resigned as the manager after four successful years in charge of the Catalan club only recently.

BARCA TURN DOWN RVP

It is thought that Barcelona have rejected the opportunity to sign Arsenal striker Robin van Persie this season.

The Dutchman has scored 40 goals for both club and country this season and is regarded as one of the key players available in the transfer window. He has only one year left on his current contract with Arsenal.

CHELSEA CAN WIN

Former Chelsea and Barcelona striker Eidur Gudjohnsen has said that Chelsea can easily overcome Barcelona at the Camp Nou, despite the fact that many has expressed their fears that Chelsea may be overrun in the second leg of the Champions League semi-final.

Chelsea will be looking to get into the Champions League final after a gap of four years.

WHY I HATE BARCELONA

In recent years it has become generally accepted that everyone must love Barcelona and in the absence of their own side support them in all their endeavours.

I always feel in the minority when I stand against this trend but I feel I’m justified in my dislike of the Catalans.

Yes Barcelona were founded for all the right reasons. They gave the Catalans an identity, a place they felt they belonged and an opportunity to stand up to General Franco.

And the Oscar Goes to

I know, I know, it's not like Barcelona to get involved in diving, play-acting, getting opponents sent off, or any other activities from the dark side of football. Or not!

The press are happy to portray them as whiter than white, simply because they pass the ball SO nicely, but the truth is out there for all to see...

Barcelona are not a fair team to play against, and UEFA should crack down on Sergio Busquets before an opposition fan decides to settle the score for them!

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