Martin Samuel: Changing of the guard? Not for Barcelona hero Guardiola

28 April 2009 10:08
Josep Guardiola made his first appearance in a European Cup semi-final at the age of 15.[LNB]When Pichi Alonso scored the third goal for Barcelona to level a 3-0 deficit against Gothenburg from the first leg, a spindly ball boy invaded the pitch and could be seen haring across the turf towards him in celebration.[LNB]After a victorious penalty shootout, the same little cute upstart managed to infiltrate the group of players who chaired the coach, Terry Venables, from the field.[LNB] Barcelona coach Josep Guardiola speaks to reporters on the eve of Barcelona's European Cup showdown with Chelsea at the Nou Camp[LNB]Six years later, Guardiola stood on the balcony of the Generalitat building holding Barcelona's first European Cup, as captain.[LNB]Thousands saluted him from below. 'Ja la teniu aqui,' Guardiola shouted in Catalan. 'Here you have it.'[LNB] Barcelona v CHELSEA: Deco and Carvalho out for Blues and Cole is suspendedBelletti: Forget United and Arsenal, if Chelsea beat Barca we'll win the Champions LeagueBarcelona are brave enough to see off Chelsea, insists Henry CHELSEA FC

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