Wednesday, March 17, 2010

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Barcelona v VfB Stuttgart

Team news
Eric Abidal (groin strain)
Carles Puyol (back), Seydou Keita (right hamstring tear)
Misses next match if booked:
Carles Puyol, Gerard Piqué

• Puyol missed the Valencia CF match on Sunday due to back pain. He and Keita both face fitness tests on Tuesday.

• Lionel Messi, as captain of the users' Team of the Year 2009, will accept a cheque for €100,000 from UEFA before the second leg at Camp Nou to be donated to the International Committee of the Red Cross.

Martin Lanig (cruciate knee ligament), Arthur Boka (dislocated shoulder) Sven Ulreich (knee)
Suspended: none
Misses next match if booked:
Timo Gebhart

• Lanig, out since August, returned to training at the start of the month.

• Lehmann's goalkeeping understudy Ulreich was ruled out for six weeks after being hurt during Germany's UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifying draw with Iceland on 2 March.

Weekend results
14/03/10 Barcelona 3-0 Valencia CF
(Messi 56 81 83)

• Messi's superb hat-trick ensured Barcelona ended the weekend still level on points with Real Madrid CF at the Liga summit.

• Bojan Krkić replaced the suspended Ibrahimović up front but made way for Thierry Henry at the interval.

12/03/10 FC Schalke 04 2-1 VfB Stuttgart
(Edu 46, Kuranyi 55; Tasci 50)

• A Friday night fixture giving them two days' more rest than Barcelona, ninth-placed Stuttgart went down to only their second defeat under Gross, his first away from home.

• Stuttgart have scored in their last 14 matches but have only one clean sheet in 15 games.

• Barcelona will aim to emulate the result when Stuttgart visited the Camp Nou in the 2007/08 group stage, when they won 3-1 having also prevailed 2-0 in Germany.

• Stuttgart have not been beyond the last 16 of the UEFA Champions League and are hoping to end a run of eight straight defeats for German opposition at Barcelona since a 2-1 win for FC Bayern München in November 1998.

Team Ties
• Penalties will be needed if there is a repeat of Gross's most recent visit to the Camp Nou, when his FC Basel 1893 side secured a 1-1 group-stage draw at Barcelona last season.

• Hleb, now on loan at Stuttgart, played the full 90 minutes of that game as well as Barcelona's 5-0 win at Basel a fortnight earlier.

Did you know?
• Stuttgart have never won in Spain but are unbeaten on the road in this season's competition, including a 1-1 draw at Sevilla FC.

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