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Pep Guardiola Vs Chelsea 1999/2000 -UEFA Champions League

Barcelona were facing elimination after losing the first leg 1-3 at London to Chelsea in the 1999/2000 Champions League Quarterfinals. Back at Nou Camp,Louis Van Gaal’s team needed to be at their best to qualify for the next round. And in Luis Figo,Patrick Kluivert and Rivaldo they had the attacking quality to do the same. But club captain Josep Guardiola was the the glue which kept the whole team together. Every time a Barca defender had the ball,he looked to find Pep and from then the Catalan Maestro started attacks at will. And he also ensured that he was always available to his teammates. He was the brain of this brilliant but largely underachieving Barcelona side.

Starting Lineups

Barcelona Hesp, Zenden, F. de Boer, Reiziger, Puyol, Cocu, Guardiola, Gabri, Rivaldo, Kluivert, Figo.
 Subs: Arnau, Abelardo, Litmanen, Sergi, Dani, Simao, Xavi.

Chelsea De Goey, Babayaro, Desailly, Leboeuf, Ferrer, Morris, Wise, Deschamps, Di Matteo, Zola, Flo. 

 Subs: Cudicini, Petrescu, Poyet, Sutton, Ambrosetti, Lambourde, Thome.



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