Jordi Alba has revealed that Lionel Messi took risks to help Barcelona secure the Liga title despite his recent hamstring injury.The Argentina international picked up the injury during the club's UEFA Champions League quarter-final with Paris Saint-Germain but got frustrated that he had not recovered fully to help his team and played through the pain barrier.
Carlo Ancelotti believes Paris Saint-Germain will be considered a force to be reckoned with after their narrow defeat to Barcelona.PSG bowed out of the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals on away goals following a 3-3 aggregate draw with La Liga leaders Barca, having led in the second leg at Camp Nou on Wednesday.
Carlo Ancelotti says Paris Saint-Germain can have no regrets after being knocked out the Champions League by Barcelona.Ancelotti thinks the team's performance in the second leg at Camp Nou was very impressive and it has laid down a marker for success on the European stage in the future.
Lionel Messi says he is glad he risked himself in Barcelona's Champions League quarter-final second leg against Paris Saint-Germain.The 25-year-old picked up a hamstring injury in the first leg of the last-eight clash with the Ligue 1 side and began the return at Camp Nou on the bench.
Marseille midfielder Joey Barton has described Paris Saint-Germain's performance against Barcelona as a great advert for Ligue 1.Carlo Ancelotti's side were narrowly beaten on away goals after their 1-1 draw at Camp Nou on Wednesday, having drawn the first leg 2-2, and Barton believes they deserve recognition for their impressive showing in the quarter-final.
Gregory van der Wiel feels his Paris Saint-Germain side should be proud of their effort against Barcelona in the Champions League.PSG held Barca to a 1-1 draw at Camp Nou on Wednesday after previously recording a 2-2 draw in the first-leg of their quarter-final, but the underdogs were eliminated on the away-goals rule.
Pedro Rodriguez says Lionel Messi is to thank for guiding Barcelona into the Champions League semi-finals.Messi, in doubt due to a minor hamstring problem, sat on the bench for over an hour, and in his absence Barca struggled, falling behind to a Javier Pastore strike five minutes into the second half at Camp Nou.
Barcelona assistant coach Jordi Roura lauded Lionel Messi after he came on to help them through to the Champions League semi-final.Messi was involved in the build-up play to Pedro's equaliser as he darted in behind the PSG midfield before finding David Villa, who laid the ball off to Pedro to fire home.
Barcelona were forced to dig deep to book their place in the Champions League semi-finals on Wednesday.The away goals rule enabled the Spaniards to escape with a 3-3 aggregate win after they could only manage a 1-1 draw against Paris Saint-Germain in their quarter-final second-leg at Camp Nou.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic has praised Paris Saint-Germain team-mate David Beckham Champions League quarter-final second leg against Barcelona.The Englishman has received his fair share of criticism since his move to the Ligue 1 leaders in January but Ibrahimovic has insisted Beckham is a key figure for PSG.
Paris Saint-Germain coach Carlo Ancelotti believes the Ligue 1 giants have nothing to lose in their second leg against Barcelona.Ancelotti's men held the La Liga leaders to a 2-2 draw at Parc des Princes in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final, but are being given little chance of advancing.
Barcelona assistant coach Jordi Roura is confident his side can make the semi-finals of the Champions League with or without Lionel Messi.The Argentina international is a doubt for the quarter-final second leg against Paris Saint-Germain after picking up a hamstring injury in the reverse fixture last week.
Barcelona head into their midweek Champions League quarter-final clash with PSG buoyed by a 5-0 win over Mallorca in La Liga on Saturday.The Catalans' European hopes were thought to be in jeopardy after star Lionel Messi suffered a hamstring strain in last week's 2-2 first-leg draw in Paris.
Paris Saint-Germain defender Thiago Silva says he would be open to a move to Barcelona if the Liga giants came knocking again.Barca reportedly showed an interest in signing the Brazil international last year, but he eventually left AC Milan for PSG instead.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic says PSG can 'make history' by beating Barcelona in the second leg of their Champions League quarter final tie.PSG will travel to Camp Nou on Wednesday needing an improbable result against Barcelona.
Carlo Ancelotti has played down Lionel Messi's possible absence from Wednesday's Champions League clash at Camp Nou.The Argentina international did not re-appear for the second half of Tuesday's 2-2 draw in Paris against PSG and it was later revealed the 25-year-old had sustained a hamstring injury.
David Beckham has expressed his desire to be involved from the start in Paris Saint-Germain's Champions League return leg against Barcelona.The England midfielder was in the starting line-up for the 2-2 quarter-final first leg against the Spanish side at Parc des Princes, though he was criticised by French media after the match for his performance.
Zinedine Zidane has thrown his support behind Paris Saint-Germain ahead of their date with Barcelona in the Champions League quarter-finals.Blaise Matuidi's stoppage-time effort allowed PSG to snatch a 2-2 draw at Parc des Princes last week in the first leg, and Real Madrid sporting director Zidane believes PSG have an excellent chance of causing an upset in the second leg in Catalunya.
Barcelona's Jordi Roura says Lionel Messi is unlikely to face Mallorca on Saturday but remains in contention to play Paris Saint-Germain.A hamstring problem forced Messi to be withdrawn at half-time in Barcelona's 2-2 draw with PSG in the Champions League quarter-final first leg on Tuesday.
Blaise Matuidi is as important to Paris Saint-Germain as Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva, according to Olivier Dacourt.The former Inter Milan and Fulham midfielder has hailed the work-rate of his compatriot at the heart of Carlo Ancelotti's side, and believes they will miss his presence in the Champions League quarter-final second leg after his last-gasp equaliser against Barcelona at Parc des Princes.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic says Paris Saint-Germain are still capable of reaching the semi-finals of the Champions League ahead of Barcelona.The Ligue 1 side recorded a 2-2 draw in the quarter-final first leg on Tuesday thanks to Blaise Matuidi's stoppage-time equaliser at the Parc des Princes, and Ibrahimovic is determined to seal the deal in the return fixture at Camp Nou next week.
Lionel Messi remains in doubt for Barcelona's Champions League quarter-final second leg with Paris Saint-Germain following tests.Messi was withdrawn at half-time in the 2-2 draw at Parc des Princes on Tuesday, when he appeared to suffer a leg injury shortly after putting Barcelona 1-0 ahead.
Barcelona midfielder Xavi is confident his side have the depth to replace Lionel Messi and Javier Mascherano.The Argentine duo picked up injuries in the Catalans' 2-2 Champions League draw against Paris Saint-Germain in Tuesday's quarter-final first leg in the French capital.
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|12-04||Messi endorses fitness gamble|
|11-04||Barton pays tribute to PSG|
|11-04||Van der Wiel: PSG should be proud|
|11-04||Pedro hails Messi impact|
|11-04||Roura: Messi changed the game|
|10-04||UEFA Champions League: Barcelona 1 PSG 1 (agg 3-3)|
|10-04||Ibrahimovic talks up value of Beckham|
|10-04||Ancelotti, PSG will go for broke|
|09-04||Roura confident Barcelona can win without Messi|
|09-04||UEFA Champions League preview: Barcelona v PSG|
|09-04||Thiago Silva open to Barca switch|
|09-04||Ibra set for Camp Nou task|
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|07-04||Beckham keen to start against Barcelona|
|07-04||Zidane gets behind underdogs PSG|
|05-04||Roura, Barca wait on Messi fitness|
|04-04||Matuidi vital to PSG hopes|
|03-04||Ibrahimovic talks up PSG´s chances|
|03-04||Messi in doubt for Mallorca, PSG|
|03-04||Xavi has faith in Barca depth|