Barcelona will face an opponent who they beat on Champion League Final four years ago and on quarterfinal stage last year.That Arsenal!!!.Both team had similar style of play who play a beautiful game whether they lose or win the game. Barcelona squad were full of talent and outstanding player lead by their mastermind Xavi Hernandez and Andres Iniesta. Front line,David Villa and Lionel Messi are well known as world class striker/punisher.Their manager Pep Guardiola who was played as player for Catalan Club before had done a great job. He found a miss link on Rijkaard era and built a beautiful team with beautiful style.Pep Guardiola continues Barca tradition and made a tiki taka (click HERE) is the one of best of the moment.Even Real Madrid can't resist and hold them back and got hard lost 1-5 at Nou Camp Stadium.
|Lionel Messi - FIFA World Player of the Year 2009 & FIFPro World Player of the Year: 2008–09|
|Former Barcelona's youth player.Now captain of Arsenal|
He also had brilliant young talent on his squad including Bojan Krkic, Pedro and Jeffren. Notable that Arsenal captain Cecs Fabregas also comes from youth Barca squad.He made a move since his age 16 years old to Arsenal.Even both of them have similar style of play, Barca is more consistent because that well mixed their squad with outstanding veteran player and brilliant young talent while Arsenal used a policy that fielded more younger age of player such Walcott, Song, Nasri, Fabianski, Diaby, Denilson and Clichy who seem inconsistent in recent season especially when they played against a BIG club with BIG reputation . They had comes as a challenger either for EPL trophy and Champion League in several season but fall on the final chapter because the passion and determination is there but they lack of experience.But still i'm a big fan of Arsene Wenger because of his style of coaching and his policy to get a young player and built from there to make them a world class player.His records speak itself. Thierry Henry, Cesc Fabregas, Jack Wilshere, Gael Clichy, Denilson and Alexander Song, Nicolas Anelka, Robbin Van Persie,Nasri, Walcott etc.He makes no mistake when he dump brightest England player on David Bentley(click HERE) and Jemaine Pennant because both of them can't mixed on Arsenal's style of play.
I'm looking forward to these game and expecting a very good game from both teams.The 1st leg will be held on 16 Feb 2011 at Emirates Stadium and 2nd leg will on 8 March 2010 at Nou Camp. (See full schedule HERE)
*minta maaf la kalau english saya kurang betul dan tepat kerana saya masih lagi belajar untuk memperitngkatkan mutu bahasa penjajah ini..:-)