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

28 Apr 2009 10:08:38

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

Josep Guardiola made his first appearance in a European Cup semi-final at the age of 15. 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. 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. Barcelona coach Josep Guardiola speaks to reporters on the eve of Barcelona's European Cup showdown with Chelsea at the Nou Camp Six years later, Guardiola stood on the balcony of the Generalitat building holding Barcelona's first European Cup, as captain. Thousands saluted him from below. 'Ja la teniu aqui,' Guardiola shouted in Catalan. 'Here you have it.'  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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