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Following Barcelona's Champions League win in Glasgow, the Barcelona papers are full of praise for Ronaldinho. The Fantastic Four are real, apparently. Even Marca agrees, although it is critical of Barcelona's defending; whilst AS stuns the football world with an Arjen Robben 'exclusive'...
SPORT: Truly Fantastic
As you might have expected, the Catalan sports daily, has already placed FC Barcelona in the quarter finals of the Champions League following last nights 2-3 away victory over Celtic. The paper is pretty pleased with the performance as well and writes “Last nights match in Glasgow was spectacular. Barcelona bossed the match from the moment the whistle was blown to start the match, although their dominance was unproductive in the first half. Barcelona’s passing had Celtic chasing shadows for the first 45 minutes and their technical superiority made the home side dizzy".
"Barcelona’s continual presence in the Celtic penalty area produced nothing however, and it was the home side who broke the deadlock. The Scottish side had two attempts at goal, and scored twice. The 2-1 half time score line seemed inexplicable. However, Barcelona had an ace up their sleeve: the ‘Fantastic Four.”
El Mundo Deportivo : A Win that Showed Character
Barcelona’s other sports paper was equally euphoric this morning and had special praise for Ronaldinho. In typical fashion, the paper displays its particular talent for counting unborn chickens: “Barcelona’s win effectively leaves them with both feet in the quarter finals. Barça showed real character to come from behind on two occasions under difficult circumstances… and don’t forget the Ronaldinho factor, it was his first start in 2008 and he’s clearly improving and getting stronger”.
Marca: Ronaldinho Shines Again
Even Madrid based Marca gets in on the act, although it does so with a touch more objectivity than the Barcelona press: “Barcelona are returning to good form and a valiant win in Glasgow has almost served to see them through this knockout stage. Rijkaard’s side dominated possession for most of the match and only some poor finishing prevented them from giving Celtic a hammering. However, if Barcelona were strong in attack, they were equally weak in defence. Two defensive errors have given the Scottish side a glimmer of hope in the Camp Nou. Ronaldinho was back to his best. He failed to score but his performance left a very good impression. He played for the team and was a constant menace down the left flank”.
AS: We will fight back at the Bernabeu
Madrid’s other leading football comic decided to overlook the previous evenings Champions League football altogether, after all it was only Sevilla and Barcelona in action, and opted for a nice big picture of Arjen Robben on its front page instead.
According to AS, Robben is finally showing the kind of form that the Madrid fans have been waiting for. The paper reckons that even his team mates are relieved and crossing their fingers in the hope that the Dutch winger can stay free from injury.
The paper delivers the following earth shattering ‘exclusive’: ‘AS can reveal that Robben has told some of his closest friends that “I’m enjoying football again” and that he is convinced “Madrid will go through at the Bernabeu!”