Friday, 1 May 2009

Barcelona are feeling the heat ahead of Madrid clash

They may have breezed past all before them at the Nou Camp this season, but the first team to stop Barcelona scoring at their famous home, Chelsea, have come in for some criticism from both the Barca players and the Catalan press.

Xavi in particular complained about the London club’s apparent ‘strong arm tactics’ after team-mate Andreas Iniesta took a Michael Ballack elbow in the face.

"In England they talk about fair play so much. It's a shame that they don't put that into practice out on the pitch," he moaned.

Well, I don’t think you can blame Chelsea for not opening themselves up against a side that has scored in every home game this season. It will be a case of job well done for Hiddink’s men.

That said......

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