Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Chelsea-Barcelona Part 1
The Guardian, October 18th, 2006 3:47PM

MOST READ

MOST COMMENTED

For the third year running, English champion Chelsea is playing a home-and-away series against Spanish champion Barcelona in the Champions League, but this time, both coaches promised a "gentler" rematch between the familiar adversaries. Going into Wednesday's game, Barcelona, last year's Champions League winner, led the series with two wins, a draw and a loss in what were four heated, controversial matches. Unlike those occasions, this year's pair of clashes come in the group stage, which both coaches feel eases the pressure somewhat, since both teams look comfortably positioned to qualify for the knockout stages. "We are talking about a group stage game," said Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho, "and it gives us the opportunity to see some great football, calmer football." To be sure, the build-up to today's encounter was less bitter, something Barca coach Frank Rijkaard believes comes down to the injuries sustained by Chelsea's top two goalkeepers over the weekend. "Maybe that's why people within Chelsea are calmer," Rijkaard suggested, wishing first-choice keeper Petr Cech, who suffered a very serious skull fracture against Reading on Saturday, a speedy recovery. Mourinho insisted that third-string goalkeeper Hilario would be up for his first Champions League match for the Sky Blues. Barcelona, meanwhile, was missing Cameroonian striker Samuel Eto'o, who is still several months away from returning from a knee injury. Read the original story...


No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Section 2 Around the Net
Report: Clasico to Break Records     
AS reports that Saturday's Clasico between Real Madrid and Barcelona at the Bernabeu in Madrid will ...
Dunga Names Neymar Brazil Captain    
Brazilian national team coach Dunga on Friday revealed that Neymar will retain the captain's armband when ...
Reports: Lampard Could Extend City Stay     
According to reports in England, Frank Lampard could be able to stay on loan at Manchester ...
Pogba Signs Three-Year Extension with Juve    
Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba on Friday signed a new deal that will keep him at the ...
Rio Ferdinand to Retire This Season    
Former England captain and Queens Park Rangers defender Rio Ferdinand has said he plans to retire ...
Garcia: Roma Must Respond Following Bayern "Accident"     
AS Roma coach Rudi Garcia on Friday admitted that his team has a long way to ...
Mourinho: Costa Could Play Against Man United    
Jose Mourinho on Friday revealed that Chelsea striker Diego Costa could play at Manchester United on ...
Enrique: Suarez to Make Barca Clasico Debut     
Barcelona coach Luis Enrique on Friday confirmed that Luis Suarez will play in Saturday's Clasico vs. ...
Sporting Demands UCL Replay     
Sporting Lisbon has lodged a formal complaint with UEFA demanding a replay of its UEFA Champions ...
FIFA Rankings: USA Falls to 23rd    
Jurgen Klinsmann's USA fell six places to 23rd in FIFA's international rankings following a pair of ...
>> Section 2 Around the Net Archives