The Argentina captain says he is looking forward to the Champions League last 16 after Barcelona was drawn against Manchester City again.
Monday, December 15, 2014
On Saturday the message was that the show must go on, but a quick phone call from Real Madrid HQ forced FIFA to backtrack.
The draw for the last 16 threw up some lopsided matches, with the likes of Arsenal and Real Madrid faring better than the French clubs.
The 2013-14 winners face an accessible route to the last eight as they face Schalke, but the Blaugrana meet Manchester City again in a tough test for Luis Enrique's side.
The Schalke defender and teammates Joel Matip and Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting are determined to prove they have learned from their thrashing last season.
A tricky trip to Turkey awaits Brendan Rodgers' struggling Reds, while the Serie A outfit will have to deal with the Eredivisie side.
The English champions will have to deal with the Catalans for the second successive season, while the Blues were also paired with PSG again.
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The CONCACAF Champions League champion faces a tall task in the European champion, which is riding a 20-game win streak.
Sunday, December 14, 2014
COMMENT: Diego Simeone's side lost 1-0 at home to Villarreal on Sunday and is eight points down on this stage last season - more importantly, it is now seven off the pace.
The Mexican international continued his strong run of form with another goal for David Moyes' new side.
The Liga champion couldn't get past Villarreal.
The reigning Liga champions can go level with Barcelona in the title race with a win, but the Yellow Submarine are in top form and could prove tough to crack
Questions were raised about the condition of the pitch following Cruz Azul's extra-time win over Western Sydney Wanderers on Saturday, and FIFA confirmed the switch.
The Barcelona right back will miss the club's Copa del Rey match against Huesca on Tuesday.
The Barcelona captain rued his club's 0-0 draw with Getafe on Saturday.
Saturday, December 13, 2014
The Barcelona coach is not worried by Real Madrid's four-point lead atop La Liga.
The Catalans' disappointing draw at Getafe leaves them four points behind Real in La Liga and they will need to improve greatly to have any chance of winning the title.
Real Madrid now enjoys a four-point lead atop the table after the visiting side was frustrated at Getafe.