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Football: Roura always believed in Champions comeback

Barcelona assistant manager Jordi Roura has said he always believed his side could produce the sort of comeback they did against AC Milan on Tuesday to progress into the quarter-finals of the Champions League. The Catalans overturned a 2-0 deficit from the first-leg with a 4-0 demolition of the Italians and despite two recent defeats to Real Madrid, Roura claimed he never doubted they would find their form at just the right time. "If anyone has believed in the team it has been me. I am perfectly conscious of what this team can do," he told a press conference.

Football:Barca ready for tactical "revolution"

Barcelona assistant coach Jordi Roura said on Monday his team were ready to "revolutionise" their tactics as they look to overturn a 2-0 first leg defeat in Tuesday's Champions League return against AC Milan. That loss has given Barca a mountain to climb to make the quarter-finals and Roura says the Catalan club will have to consider every option.

Football: Roura urges Barca to be wary of Milan away goal

Barcelona assistant manager Jordi Roura has said his side will have to balance attacking intent with caution if they are to progress to the Champions League quarter-finals against AC Milan on Tuesday night. The Catalans were again not in sparkling form as they dispatched bottom-placed Deportivo La Coruna 2-0 on Saturday night to extend their lead at the top of the table to 14 points. However, with a 2-0 deficit from the first-leg in Italy to overcome, Roura is wary of conceding an away goal.

Football: Barcelona considering changes for Depor clash

Barcelona assistant coach Jordi Roura has admitted that Lionel Messi could be rested when they host Deportivo la Coruna this weekend with their Champions League tie with AC Milan on Tuesday in mind. The Catalans trail Milan 2-0 after the first-leg of their last-16 tie, but despite having such a big game on the horizon and an 11-point lead at the top of the table, Roura insisted it is vital for Barca to get back to winning ways against Depor.

Football: Cut Messi some slack, says Roura

Barcelona assistant coach Jordi Roura on Friday sought to ease the pressure on Lionel Messi as the Catalans prepare to face Real Madrid for the second time in five days. Saturday's league clash at the Santiago Bernabeu comes after the Copa del Rey semi-final second leg on Tuesday, which Madrid won 3-1 at the Camp Nou to advance 4-2 on aggregate to a final against capital rivals Atletico. Messi was disappointing in that game, failing to make an impact just as he had struggled in the 2-0 Champions League last 16, first leg, defeat to AC Milan a week earlier.

Soccer-Poignant evening ahead for low-profile Barca coach Roura

By Brian Homewood MILAN, Feb 19 (Reuters) - Barcelona's Champions League match at AC Milan on Wednesday will be a poignant affair for interim coach Jordi Roura as he returns to the stadium where he suffered an injury that ultimately forced him to end his career. He leads Barca in the last-16 first leg tie in the absence of Tito Vilanova, who is recovering from throat surgery, just over 23 years after Roura damaged ligaments in his right knee during a Supercup game involving the same two clubs.

Football: Barca's Roura hoping for better Milan memories

Assistant coach Jordi Roura is hoping to leave the San Siro stadium with far better memories than he did over 20 years ago when Barcelona face AC Milan in the first leg of their Champions League last 16 tie. On the strength of their recent performances in Europe against the Spanish giants, seven-times champions Milan go into Wednesday's clash as clear underdogs. The Rossoneri's last win over four-times winners Barcelona in the Champions League was a 2-0 group stage win at the Nou Camp in 2000.

Football: Barca's Roura 'in constant contact' with Vilanova

Barcelona assistant coach Jordi Roura has revealed that he is in contact with absent coach Tito Vilanova during the Catalan club's matches. Vilanova hasn't been able to attend Barca's last four games as he undergoes treatment for cancer of the salivary gland in New York. However, Roura insisted Vilanova still plays a big part in the team's preparations for every game as well as consulting with Roura on in-game decisions.
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