Barcelona showed how relaxed they are ahead of their Champions League game against Arsenal by allowing three young kids to take part in their last training session before the game.
Not only that, but Lionel Messi and co. stopped to take pictures with the youngsters. Scroll down to watch the video, which was brought to our attention by 101GreatGoals.
The three boys even took part in a rondo, although on reflection that might not have been as fun as it seems. Professional players struggle to dispossess Barca’s stars, so how would some children manage it?
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Barcelona’s players should be congratulated for making the dreams of three fans come true.
The Catalan side take a 2-0 lead into Wednesday’s second leg as they look to reach the last-eight of the competition.
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Watch Barcelona's stars welcome the three young fans
Clearly, they are not feeling the strain of one of the biggest games of the season. Luis Enrique’s team clearly believe they done enough at the Emirates Stadium three weeks ago to secure their place in the quarter-finals.
That was evidenced by Gerard Pique’s intentional booking for a late foul on Danny Welbeck. After Messi doubled the Spanish side’s lead from the penalty spot, the defender clattered into Welbeck and was shown a yellow card.
Footage emerged of Enrique possibly telling Pique to earn himself a caution to ensure he has a clean disciplinary record for the quarter-finals and beyond.
Even Arsenal’s players don’t think they have much hope. Laurent Koscielny told Arsenal’s website he reckons the Gunners have a five per cent chance of overcoming Barca.
Messi’s brace means his team remain on course to become the first in history to win the Champions League in back-to-back seasons.
Their biggest fear will be a meeting with Pep Guardiola’s Bayern Munich. After their 4-0 drubbing at the Santiago Bernabeu in November, Enrique will be confidence of overcoming Real Madrid should a future draw produce an El Clasico.
But Bayern possess a real threat. Guardiola’s team won five of their six group games and, although they won’t take a lead into the second leg of their last-16 tie with Juventus, it will be a surprise if the Bavarians don’t progress.
Bayern threw away a two-goal lead to drew 2-2 at Juventus Stadium, but two away goals means even a 1-1 draw at the Allianz Arena will be enough to book their place in the next round.
Paris Saint-Germain, Wolfsburg, Benfica and Madrid have already qualified for the last-eight. Tuesday evening sees PSV Eindhoven and Atletico Madrid and Dynamo Kiev and Manchester City complete their ties.
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Only a huge shock will prevent Manuel Pellegrini’s team reaching the quarter-finals for the first time in their history - they beat Kiev 3-1 in Ukraine.
Meanwhile, the PSV-Atletico tie is finely poised after the team’s drew 0-0 in Eindhoven.
Barcelona host Arsenal at the Camp Nou on Wednesday, and they’re clearly in comfortable spirits.