Barcelona president Sandro Rosell says his club have proven they are still the world's leading football power.Back-to-back defeats against Real Madrid and a 2-0 Champions League loss away to AC Milan in February had prompted some to speculate this dip was symptomatic of a deeper decline at the club.
Christophe Jallet says Paris Saint-Germain's Champions League quarter-final draw with Barcelona is the tie of the round.PSG saw off Valencia to secure their place in the quarter-finals, while Barca recorded a stunning comeback victory over AC Milan, before the clubs were paired together in Friday's draw - leaving Jallet pleased with the challenge ahead.
Barcelona will have to make do without Carles Puyol for up to seven weeks after the veteran captain underwent knee surgery on Friday.The centre-back appears certain to miss both of Barcelona's Champions League quarter-final matches with Paris Saint-Germain.
Barcelona defender Javier Mascherano feels the club's 4-0 win over AC Milan was a sign they have returned to their best form.After a run which saw them lose three times in four games - two of them against fierce rivals Real Madrid, including a painful Copa del Rey exit - Mascherano said the team knew their standards had slipped.
Barcelona will be without Xavi for Saturday's La Liga clash with Rayo Vallecano after the midfielder picked up a thigh strain.The 33-year-old featured for the entirety of the club's 4-0 Champions League last-16 victory over AC Milan on Tuesday but felt discomfort in his right leg in the aftermath of proceedings at Camp Nou.
Massimiliano Allegri says AC Milan were 'centimetres' away from qualifying for the Champions League quarter-finals on Tuesday.Milan's 2-0 advantage from the first meeting in Italy was wiped out by half-time thanks to a Lionel Messi double, before second-half goals from David Villa and Jordi Alba sealed a 4-0 win and a 4-2 aggregate triumph.
Barcelona marched into the Champions League quarter-finals with a 4-0 victory over AC Milan at Camp Nou on Tuesday.The Catalans were tipped for an early exit from the competition after a 2-0 loss in Italy in the first leg of their round-of-16 clash, but became the first ever team to recover from that first-leg deficit with a display that showcased the best of their awesome attacking quality.
Robinho has stressed that AC Milan cannot afford to focus solely on defending in Tuesday's Champions League clash with Barcelona.The Serie A giants beat the Catalans 2-0 in the first leg of the round-of-16 tie, but the Brazilian expects a difficult match when they meet again at Camp Nou.
Andriy Shevchenko believes AC Milan can reach the quarter-finals of the Champions League at the expense of Barcelona.Milan beat Barca 2-0 at San Siro in the first leg, and Shevchenko has little doubt that his side can seal the deal in Tuesday's return.
Barcelona assistant coach Jordi Roura expects his team to produce an impressive performance against AC Milan in the Champions League.Barca were surprisingly beaten 2-0 by Milan in the round-of-16 first leg at San Siro last month, leaving one of the pre-tournament favourites teetering on the brink of an early elimination.
AC Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri believes his team must produce their best Champions League performance yet to get past Barcelona.Milan go to Camp Nou leading 2-0 on aggregate courtesy of goals from Kevin-Prince Boateng and Sulley Muntari during the first leg in Italy.
Marcel Desailly, a two-time UEFA Champions League winner, has backed AC Milan to qualify for the quarter-finals at the expense of Barcelona.Milan head to Camp Nou on Tuesday with a 2-0 lead from the first leg and Desailly is confident his former club will do enough to defeat the home side on aggregate.
AC Milan will be looking to complete one of the upsets of the Champions League season when they travel to Barcelona on Tuesday.Massimiliano Allegri's side head into the round-of-16 return leg with a 2-0 aggregate lead after goals from Kevin-Prince Boateng and Sulley Muntari handed Milan victory in last month's first leg at the San Siro.
Kevin Constant says AC Milan will not just sit back and defend in Tuesday's Champions League match at Camp Nou against Barcelona.The Serie A outfit recorded a 2-0 victory at San Siro in the first leg of the round-of-16 tie, but Constant expects a tough night's work in the second meeting between the two sides.
Dani Alves believes Barcelona will have to take risks in Tuesday's match against AC Milan if they are to reach the Champions League quarter-finals.The Spanish champions were beaten 2-0 in the first leg at San Siro and the Brazilian defender is eagerly anticipating this week's return - setting his sights on an 'historical comeback'.
Gerard Pique believes Barcelona can secure a 3-0 over AC Milan on Tuesday to secure their place in the Champions League quarter-finals.The Blaugrana were defeated 2-0 at San Siro in February and will need to pull off an historic comeback in the second leg to have any chance of progressing beyond the last 16.
Giampaolo Pazzini has been ruled out of AC Milan's Champions League clash with Barcelona on Tuesday.The 28-year-old was forced off with a suspected ankle injury after scoring in his side's 2-0 win over Genoa, with Mario Balotelli replacing him after just 22 minutes.
Alexis Sanchez is gearing himself up for the fight as Barcelona attempt to overhaul AC Milan's 2-0 lead in the Champions League last-16 tie.The Blaugrana go into the fixture on the back of a 2-0 La Liga win over Deportivo La Coruna - a game in which Sanchez opened the scoring before Lionel Messi added a late second - but the Chile international acknowledged Tuesday's clash will be a very different proposition.
Barcelona stand-in coach Jordi Roura says his side will head into Tuesday's Champions League match against AC Milan with confidence.The Spanish giants tightened their stranglehold at the top of La Liga as goals from Alexis Sanchez and Lionel Messi gave them a 2-0 win over Deportivo La Coruna on Saturday.
AC Milan midfielder Riccardo Montolivo is eagerly anticipating Tuesday's Champions League round-of-16 second leg against Barcelona.The Serie A giants recorded a 2-0 win in the first leg at San Siro, but the midfielder is not convinced that his side have one foot in the quarter-finals.
Cesc Fabregas is confident Barcelona will rise to the occasion in the second leg of their Champions League round-of-16 tie against AC Milan.The midfielder admitted losing the first leg 2-0 was a huge blow for the Catalan club, but he has little doubt Barca can turn things around at Camp Nou.
Former Barcelona shot-stopper Vitor Baia is confident his old side can produce a comeback to topple AC Milan in the Champions League.The Blaugrana were beaten 2-0 at San Siro in the first leg of the round-of-16 tie late last month, but Baia has little doubt that they will eventually emerge victorious once the home tie is complete.
|24-03||Barcelona still the best, says Rosell|
|16-03||Barca tie inspires Jallet|
|16-03||Knee surgery sidelines Barca´s Puyol|
|14-03||Mascherano senses Barca revival|
|13-03||Xavi out of Rayo fixture|
|13-03||Allegri laments Milan luck|
|12-03||UEFA Champions League: Barcelona 4 AC Milan 0 (agg 4-2)|
|12-03||Robinho rules out total defence in Spain|
|12-03||Shevchenko backs Milan at Nou Camp|
|12-03||Roura has faith in stuttering Barca|
|12-03||Allegri braced for Camp Nou siege|
|11-03||Desailly tips AC Milan upset of Barcelona|
|11-03||UEFA Champions League preview: Barcelona v AC Milan|
|11-03||Constant: Milan will not sit back|
|11-03||Alves: Barca must take risks|
|10-03||Pique tips Barca three-goal win|
|10-03||Pazzini ruled out of Barca clash|
|10-03||Sanchez: Milan, Deportivo on different scales|
|10-03||Roura: Barcelona ´psyched´ for Milan clash|
|09-03||Montolivo relishing Barca Test|
|08-03||Fabregas faith in Barca resurgence|
|07-03||Baia believes in Barcelona bounce back|