Chelsea has a new manager Andre Villas-Boas with the loss of the injured Michael Essien thinks his squad has been weakened and has offered a reported £4.5 million offer for the 19-year-old Romeu. He made his first-team debut for Barcelona at the end of last season but Pep Guardiola deemed him surplus to the team.
The Dutch star made his astonishing attack on a Dutch TV show, accusing the Blues of constant “bitching” about referees. “People who are watching the game on television and fans really do not want to see these kind of things,” he said. “If you want to witness a lot of complaints, you should just go the bakery or something. There’s always people nagging there as well.” “Chelsea players are always bitching against the referees. I really cannot understand that. Just shut the f*** up and focus on playing football.” The striker also laid into European champions Barcelona for what he sees as their cynical attempts to influence match officials. “They always go up to referees in an attempt to get an opponent booked,” he said. “They are trying to screw fellow professionals. That really annoys me.” “The Barcelona players nag about everything that happens on the pitch. I was disappointed with that.” Eurosport
Barcelona’s win and Real Madrid’s loss opens up Pep Guardiola’s side’s lead at the head of our ranking of Europe’s top clubs. HOW IT WORKS This season we are using the Hypercube Infostrada Euro Club Index, which scientifically analyses hundreds of thousands of matches from the top divisions in all European nations as well as Europa League and Champions League games. The Index takes into account all matches played over an eight-year period but with recent results carrying more weight than older ones. The most recent result has 20 times more impact than a result of three years ago. The performance of a league’s teams in Champions League and Europa League reflects the rise or fall of the sporting level in that league. So, for example, if English teams perform well in Europe, all Premier League teams receive a small bonus in their ECI score. The ranking and its predictive power are thus made even more accurate. Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho admitted that his side’s loss to Sporting Gijon – his first home league defeat in nine years – had all-but ended their La Liga hopes; Barcelona beat Villarreal 1-0 in a game as entertaining as Real’s was poor, opening up an eight-point lead with as many games remaining. That result is reflected in our rankings as, while Real stay second, the gap increases from 185 to 274 points. Que pena, as they say in Madrid. Otherwise there is no positional change in the top 10, with a bit of rotation in the bottom half of the top 20 that sees the same sides switch around a few domestic draws and wins here and there: Milan and Manchester City exploiting wins over Inter and Sunderland to move up two spots each, with Valencia gaining five places thanks to a win at Getafe. Top 20 1 (1) Barcelona – 4194 points 2 (2) Real Madrid – 3920 3 (3) Manchester United – 3833 4 (4) Chelsea – 3576 5 (5) Porto – 3517 6 (7) Internazionale – 3403 7 (6) Arsenal – 3348 8 (8) Bayern Munich – 3275 9 (9) Marseille – 3236 10 (10) Shakhtar Donetsk – 3200 11 (15) Valencia – 3168 12 (14) AC Milan – 3165 13 (11) Lyon – 3156 14 (12) Tottenham – 3152 15(13) Benfica – 3148 16 (16) Zenit St Petersburg – 3086 17 (17) Villarreal – 3055 18 (20) Manchester City – 3052 19 (18) Lille – 3051 20 (19) Borussia Dortmund – 3028
FC Barcelona will face Shakhtar Donetsk in the quarter finals of the 2010-2011 Champions League. If they go thorugh the semi-finals, they will either face Real Madrid or Tottenham Hotspurs. The quarter finals go as follow: FC Barcelona – Shakhtar Donetsk (6th of April – 12th of April) (get tickets) Real Madrid - Tottenham Hotspurs (5th of April – 13th of April) (get tickets) Inter Milan – Shalke 04 (5th of April – 13th of April) Chelsea FC – Manchester United (6th of April – 12th of April)
Without injured Thierry Henry, FC Barcelona qualified for the Champions League final, 4 days after crushing Real Madridat Santiago Bernabeu. Iniesta scored at the 93rd minute, with a sensational strike, bringing Chelsea fans to tears. FC Barcelona will play Manchester United in the Champions League Final in Rome on the 27th of May. Unable to play their trademark inspired football, due to Chelsea’s strong defensive plays, FC Barcelona saw Essien score an incredible goal at the 9th minute, seriously compromising FC Barcelona’s chances for the champions league final. And after a very tense game, with no space for the genius creativity of Leo Messi and Andres Iniesta and despite finishing the game at 10 after Abidal was sent off after a foul on Nicholas Anelka, Iniesta scored in the extra time sending FC Barcelona to Rome to face Manchester United. Chelsea fans will blame the referee for a long time, claiming 2 obvious penalties… Match details : Chelsea: Cech; Bosingwa, Alex, Terry, Cole, Ballack, Essien, Anelka, Lampard, Malouda, Drogba (Belletti, min.72) FC Barcelona: Valdés; Alves, Piqué, Touré Yaya, Abidal, Busquets (Bojan, min.85), Xavi, Keita, Iniesta (Gudjohnsen, min.95), Messi, Eto’o (Sylvinho, min.97) Goals: First half 9′ 1-0: Essien Second half 93′ 1-1: Iniesta