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André Gomes may feature against Chelsea despite Barcelona ‘hell’

• Midfielder has admitted he is struggling with pressure at the club• Sergio Busquets says Barça squad will support their team-mateErnesto Valverde is considering including André Gomes against Chelsea despite the midfielder publicly admitting that he i…

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Neymar stands apart to make the impossible possible for Barcelona | Sid Lowe

The Brazilian has been criticised for a lack of goals but against PSG he led from the front, culminating in seven minutes and 17 seconds in which he won the tie

“As long as there’s a 1% chance, we’ll have 99% faith,” Neymar wrote in the aftermath of Barcelona’s 4-0 destruction in Paris – but by the time he stood over the ball the odds didn’t even look that good. They didn’t to everyone else, anyway. 1%? If only. Their first comeback had failed, crushed by Edinson Cavani; the second had barely started and was surely beyond them now: Paris Saint‑Germain’s away goal had left them needing three goals in 30 minutes and 27 of them had passed.

Related: Luis Enrique: It was a crazy night that no kid in Barcelona will ever forget

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Pep Guardiola denies trying to sign Lionel Messi – but would like to

• Guardiola denies trying to sign Messi but would like to reunite with the player
• Manchester City manager rejects reports he has approached Barcelona

Pep Guardiola has insisted that he has not tried to sign Lionel Messi for Manchester City but said that if the Argentinian ever decides to leave the Camp Nou, he will be among those waiting in the queue for him.

Related: I like my Barcelona – and Pep Guardiola’s too, says Luis Enrique

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I like my Barcelona – and Pep Guardiola’s too, says Luis Enrique

Luis Enrique lauds the meeting of ‘two coaches with an attacking mindset’ as his team prepare to meet Guardiola’s Manchester City in the Champions League

Open, enjoyable, imaginative, spectacular are not the normal words managers use the night before a match, but then this is not a normal match.

Related: Champions League previews: where the week’s big matches will be won and lost

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Arsenal are after a much needed boost from their trip to Barcelona

• Luis Enrique’s side are now undefeated in 37 games all told
• Barca’s coach thinks it is time for six-month managerial contracts

Training had just begun on Pitch No1 when Rodrigo, Ethan and Anthony appeared. The three boys had sneaked their way under fence and into the Sant Joan Despí complex, making it on to the field where Barcelona’s players decided that the best thing to do was let them join in the rondo. So there they were, three 10-year-olds in the middle, chasing after the ball. But however hard they ran, they just could not get a touch.

Pretty much like Barcelona’s opponents, in fact. Arsenal arrived at El Prat airport on Tuesday afternoon, having trained at London Colney, and they did so knowing that the task that lies ahead of them is a huge one. Arsène Wenger had judged his side’s chances “95% against” after the first leg ended in a 2-0 defeat. As the squad passed the newspaper stands at the airport, they may have seen the front of the Catalan sports daily El Mundo Deportivo. The headline splashed across the cover read ‘Unstoppable’.

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Arsène Wenger: ‘I am even more committed to Arsenal than when I arrived’

• At Barcelona we have a very small chance, says Arsenal manager
• ‘Premier League race is quite open, much more than people think’

Arsène Wenger said here on Tuesday that he remains committed to Arsenal and even more motivated than the day he first walked into the club, back in September 1996.

The Frenchman, who was also adamant that he has not given up on a Premier League title race that he described as “more open than people think”, also offered a defence of his record in north London on the eve of the Champions League last-16 second leg against Barcelona at the Camp Nou as pressure builds for his time at the club to draw to a close.

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Barcelona’s Luis Enrique says coaches should only get six-month contracts

• Arsène Wenger’s 20-year reign would be ‘impossible’ in Spain
• Barça will not take Gunners lightly despite 2-0 Champions League lead

The Barcelona manager Luis Enrique has expressed his admiration for Arsène Wenger’s 20-year managerial career at Arsenal, insisting “that would be impossible here” and admitting that he would be in favour of coaches only getting six-month contracts at their club.

Related: Barcelona invite three young pitch invaders to join in famous rondo

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The battle for Barcelona: a day in the life of presidential candidate Joan Laporta

In the week of the Barcelona presidential elections, Sid Lowe joins Joan Laporta for a day of interviews, photo shoots, TV debates and interaction with the members who will decide his fate on Saturday

Joan Laporta is standing on a box. “If I become the president of Barcelona again,” he promises, “I’ll make sure that we keep on winning, I’ll revive La Masía and I’ll lay the foundations for another decade of success. With me as president, Messi will always be happy and Unicef will return to the shirt.” On he goes, hands underlining each point, gaze fixed. “That’s why I’m asking for your vote,” he says, drawing towards a close. “Thank you very much. Visca Barça y visca Catalunya!

There is a pause and then Laporta says: “Was that OK?”

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Andres Iniesta insists he will be fit to play in Champions League final

• Barcelona midfielder sat out training session on Tuesday due to a calf strain
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Bayern manager Pep Guardiola knows he can’t stop unstoppable Leo Messi

Barcelona ready for reunion with Guardiola, the man who created an aura and pioneered an era
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Bayern manager Pep Guardiola knows he can’t stop unstoppable Leo Messi

Barcelona ready for reunion with Guardiola, the man who created an aura and pioneered an era
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Luis Suárez promises Barcelona fans he will not bite an opponent again

I have seen the appropriate professionals, Suárez says
Barça say transfer fee was less than reported, at £65m Continue reading…