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You know, if Chelsea played like that the whole season it would be more difficult to understand but in a European Cup game, against Barcelona, you understand that. You want them to qualify.
Arsene Wenger
Inter Milan beat Barcelona that way (in the 2010 semi-final) and nobody took any credit away from Inter Milan.
Arsene Wenger
Chelsea managed to block a few shots from Messi on Wednesday night but usually he has such a short back lift it is difficult to do that. That means he is not as sharp as he was before and, if they defend like they did the other night, Chelsea have a chance.
Arsene Wenger
At the moment Messi looks a bit tired, although he is still dangerous.
Arsene Wenger
That would, mentally, be a massive blow to Barcelona because I have seen last year when we scored … it was a lucky goal but I could see suddenly that they became very nervous.
Arsene Wenger
Barcelona will have 70% of the ball but is it not worth trying to score a goal?
Arsene Wenger
It is far from impossible (for Chelsea) to qualify because they go in an even better position than we did last season – 1-0 is a fantastic result.
Arsene Wenger
The Barcelona that we have seen last Wednesday is not the Barcelona of last year.
Arsene Wenger
Barça created plenty of chances in London, but failed to convert any of their opportunities. They will get plenty of chances again in the return versus Chelsea, and I don’t think they will again fail to find the net.
Johan Cruyff
You can’t compare the loss against Real Madrid to the defeat versus Chelsea. There were hardly any serious chances against Madrid, because the simple things went wrong.
Johan Cruyff
Despite the fact that Barcelona have now lost two games in a row, I expect another good game from them at Camp Nou.
Johan Cruyff
I still think Barcelona will beat Chelsea on Tuesday.
Johan Cruyff

#somiserem GRÀCIES BARÇA x tot el q ens dones i ens donarás! #soueterns! #fcb (Photo by Gerard Romero)

Clasico aftermath: would Pique have made a difference?

As Barcelona fans the world over pick themselves up from a very painful Saturday, football pundits globally are analyzing the match and the many questions it presents. Chief among these issues is the relatively inexperienced squad that Guardiola selected for such a defining match, and specifically the presence of Thiago and Tello in the starting eleven.

Another question, perhaps overshadowed by the poor performance from both of these players, hints at a potentially deeper issue in the team: where was Gerard Pique? In seasons past, Pique was the poster boy for the team, featuring centrally in every euphoric celebration of football glory. But after a campaign riddled with indifferent performances and niggling injuries, Guardiola seems to have lost faith in Pique, preferring Javier Mascherano in central defense instead.

Indeed, Pique played no part in the match Wednesday in London, and did not feature for even a minute Saturday in a contest that was arguably Barcelona’s most important date of the season so far. And while it’s hard for me to argue with Guardiola’s assessment of Pique’s season so far, a question will haunt my dreams tonight: would Pique have let Ronaldo beat him for Madrid’s winning goal?