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Wednesday, April 23, 2008

25 Things about Barcelona vs Manchester United Champions League

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Barcelona vs Manchester United: Live Score and Updates

There are only eight hours left before the much awaited Barcelona vs Manchester United first leg semi final match of Champions League is going to take to the field. The match kicks off at 19:45 GMT. Barcelona would have home advantage today as the match is taking place at the Camp Nou stadium of Barcelona. So, the Barcelona fans are now eagerly waiting to see their stars facing English giants Manchester United. As you know that Barcelona has no other tournament except Champions League, where they can win silverware this season, it is almost certain that Frank Ricard boys would strive for success tonight. Considering the fact that the winner of the match would be decided away at Old Trafford later this month, Barcelona must try their best to win today, so that they have an advantage ahead of the second leg match.

Manchester United, on the other hand, is now on their way to defend the English premier league title this season. So, a lot is now on stake for Manchester United. They can win a double which could make this season a special one for them since they last achieved a European trophy eight years ago. So, considering the ambiance of the match, I think, this is going to be an exciting encounter today. Here, I am giving some important things about the match, which, I hope, you would find useful for you:

  1. Barcelona vs Manchester United first leg semi final match of Champions League 2007-2008 kicks off at 19:45 GMT. The match will take place at the Camp Nou stadium, Barcelona.
  2. The match will be telecast live on Sky Sports 2 television channel.
  3. Football fans from UK can also enjoy live commentary of the Barcelona vs Manchester Untied match on BBC Radio Five Live.
  4. Barcelona is currently 11 points behind Real Madrid in Spanish La Liga, meaning they have very little chance to win the La Liga title this season.
  5. Manchester United is now leading the English premier league and they are currently seven points away to defend their EPL title this season.
  6. Barcelona won only three out of their last seven matches in all competitions with three draws and a defeat to Real Betis.
  7. In contrast, Manchester United won five out of their last seven matches in all competitions with only two draws; the last one came against Blackburn Rovers recently.
  8. Barcelona was held to a goal less draw against Espanyol in their recent match in La Liga.
  9. Barcelona winger Lionel Messi has come back in action as substitute during the match against Espanyol after recovering from thigh injury. So, he is now gearing up to face Manchester United in front of the home crowd.
  10. Thierry Henry was initially doubtful for the match as he was suffering from fever. However, according to recent report, the former Arsenal striker has recovered from fever and ready to take part in today's high profile match.
  11. However, Barcelona coach Frank Ricard is now thinking about Lionel Messi giving a chance in the starting line up against Manchester United along with Samuel Eto’o in the up front.
  12. Barcelona striker Samuel Eto'o has recently expressed his wish to quit the club in Summer if Barcelona can not win any trophy this season. In response, Lionel Messi termed Eto'o a winner, who like others in the club wants to win trophies.
  13. Manchester United is now in a nine match unbeaten run in all competitions.
  14. Manchester United won their last Champions League title in 1999 beating German club Bayern Munich at the Camp Nou stadium, where they are going to face Barcelona today.
  15. Nemanja Vidic is doubtful for today's match as he is yet to recover from his knee injury. Recently, he fell in a stomach complaint.
  16. Wayne Rooney picked up a minor hip injury during the match against Blackburn Rovers. However, he has recovered from the injury and is now ready to face Barcelona.
  17. Manchester United midfielder Cristiano Ronaldo is currently leading goal scorer of Champions League with seven goals so far. His 28 league goals secure the highest place in the goal scorers' list until now. So, Manchester United will look for another special performance from the Portuguese super star.
  18. Owen Hargreaves and Anderson missed the league match against Blackburn Rovers with minor injuries. However, both of them are now available for the match against Barcelona.
  19. There is possibility, Frank Ricard could play Lionel Messi, Thierry Henry and Samuel Eto'o together in the starting line up.
  20. Barcelona will miss their star midfielder Ronaldinho who is currently out of action with injury.
  21. However, Barcelona manager Frank Ricard has some reasons to fell relief as experienced defender Rafael Marquez is expected to be available for this match after recovering from foot problem.
  22. Barcelona reached the semi final defeating German club FC Schalke 04 by 2-0 on aggregate.
  23. Manchester United defeated Italian club AS Roma 3-0 on their way to reach the semi final of Champions League 2007-2008.
  24. There is report out that Frank Ricard has been linked up with Chelsea for a possible move to the English side next season. However, he said, he was currently focused on today's match.
  25. Barcelona will look to win the match, while even a 1-1 draw could take Manchester United in an advantageous position ahead of the second leg.

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