Paris Saint-Germain coach Laurent Blanc has called for patience in the French champions` bid to win the Champions League for the first time after a 5-1 thrashing on aggregate by Barcelona saw them bow out at the quarter-finals for the third consecutive year.
Brazilian football legend Pele has said he would pick Argentine forward Lionel Messi over his Portuguese counterpart Cristiano Ronaldo because of the former’s ability to create more opportunities than just score goals.
Barcelona will not make the mistake of underestimating Paris St Germain in their Champions League quarter-final second leg next week after securing a 3-1 win in Paris on Wednesday, according to coach Luis Enrique.
Barcelona took a big step towards the Champions League semi-finals on Wednesday as a goal from Neymar and a Luis Suarez double ended Paris St Germain`s 33-game unbeaten run at home in Europe with a 3-1 win at the Parc des Princes.
Luis Suarez hit a brilliant second-half double as Barcelona appeared to end Paris Saint-Germain`s Champions League dream for another year with a 3-1 quarter-final, first leg win at the Parc des Princes on Wednesday.
Barcelona need to rediscover the defensively solidity that has underpinned their championship charge alongside their sharp attack after an error by Gerard Pique in the drawn match against Sevilla reduced their lead to two points at the top of La Liga.
Brazilian legend Pele is looking forward to a star-studded Copa America tournament this summer -- but has challenged Barcelona stars Lionel Messi and Neymar to reproduce their best club form at international level.
Former Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson believes Brazilian forward Neymar is still a cut below strikers Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, widely recognised as the two best players in the world, but that the Brazilian could one day match the duo.
Barcelona coach Luis Enrique returns to Celta Vigo`s Balaidos stadium on Sunday looking to consolidate a four-point advantage at the top of La Liga against the team he led successfully last season before taking over at the Nou Camp.
Brazilian media were unenthused Monday by an eighth straight friendly success under new coach Dunga, who is steadily repairing the morale of a Selecao shattered by last July`s World Cup exit to Germany.