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ROUTES TO ROME: Barcelona | Manchester United

VICTOR VALDES (born January 14, 1982, goalkeeper)

Valdes is a fantastic shot-stopper but has a tendency to make the occasional error. The 27-year-old has rarely missed a match in La Liga or the Champions League this term and has generally been a solid performer throughout. He is the only Barca regular who is still uncapped at senior international level.

JOSE MANUEL PINTO (November 8, 1975, goalkeeper)
The veteran keeper has not played in the Primera Division or in Europe this season, but featured in all nine Copa del Rey games as Barca completed phase one of what they hope will be an historic treble of league, cup and European titles.

CARLES PUYOL (April 13, 1978, defender)
A natural leader boasting immense physical strength and a fine turn of pace, Puyol will not be intimidated by the occasion - but has not had his best season. After missing the semi-final second leg at Chelsea through suspension, he will be champing at the bit at the thought of getting his hands on the Champions League trophy for the second time.

GERARD PIQUE (February 2, 1987, defender)
Pique started his career in the Barcelona youth ranks but joined Manchester United in 2004. However, after failing to establish himself at Old Trafford, Pique returned to the Camp Nou and has a big role to play against his former club with Rafael Marquez sidelined through injury.

SYLVINHO (April 12, 1974, defender)
The Brazilian veteran left-back played in the bulk of the Copa del Rey run, but has been used more sparingly in La Liga. Sylvinho, who spent two years with Arsenal from 1999-2001, loves to get forward and make use of his cultured left foot.

MARTIN CACERES (April 7, 1987, defender)
A versatile Uruguay international who can do a job anywhere across the back four or further forward as a holding midfielder. He joined Barcelona last summer from Villarreal and, while not a regular in La Liga, poses a threat in the air.

YAYA TOURE (May 13, 1983, defender/midfielder)
The first Ivorian to represent Barcelona, Toure brings with him a wealth of experience of other European leagues (Ukraine, Greece, France). At 6ft 3in and 14 stone, Toure, the younger brother of Arsenal defender Kolo, adds considerable physical presence to the Barca midfield and can also slot in at centre-back if required.

XAVI (January 25, 1980, midfielder)
The 29-year-old was hailed as the player of the tournament after Spain's triumphant Euro 2008 campaign and has gone from strength to strength under the tutelage of Pep Guardiola. Composed on the ball, a danger from set-pieces and one of the best passers of a ball in the world, he was one of the five finalists for the 2008 FIFA World Player of the Year award.

ANDRES INIESTA (May 11, 1984, midfielder)
A supremley talented attacking midfielder, Iniesta's late goal against Chelsea fired Barca to the final - but worries over a thigh injury have blighted the build-up for the Spanish international. A useful dribbler with an excellent passing range, Iniesta may be lacking defensively but has a composure and intelligence beyond his years.

SEYDOU KEITA (January 16, 1980, midfielder)
The Mali midfielder can play in a holding role, on the left or behind the forward line. But could be deployed as an emergency right-back with Daniel Alves suspended. He possesses a fine left foot and can hold his own physically. Joined Barca last summer from La Liga rivals Sevilla.

ALEXANDER HLEB (May 1, 1981, midfielder)
The attacking midfielder can find the killer pass if given time and space and has incredible close control, but is down the pecking order and is unlikely to start. Hleb became the first Belarusian to feature in a Champions League final when he played for Arsenal against Barca in 2006 and he can play on either wing or more centrally.

SERGI BUSQUETS (July 16, 1988, midfielder)
The son of former Barcelona goalkeeper Carles Busquets, Sergi established himself in the Barca B team last season under Guardiola, who promoted him to the first team last September. A dependable defensive midfielder, he made an immediate impact and is versatile enough to play at centre-back or centre-forward. He also has a great positional sense and reads the game well.

LIONEL MESSI (June 24, 1987, forward)
Barcelona's match-winner was runner-up to Cristiano Ronaldo in the 2008 FIFA World Player of the Year voting. Over the last 12 months, the 21-year-old has continued to develop his devasting game under Guardiola's tutelage. Whether playing up front, just off the main striker or on the wing he is a threat to any defence and has the potential to become a legend in the game.

SAMUEL ETO'O (March 10, 1981, forward)

The powerful Cameroon frontman's future at the Camp Nou was in doubt when Guardiola took over last summer, but he has once again proved his worth this season. He scored the equaliser in Barca's 2-1 win over Arsenal in the 2006 Champions League final, is fast, strong, a real team player and not afraid to try his luck when in range of goal. One of Europe's top hitmen.

EIDUR GUDJOHNSEN (September 15, 1978, forward)
The Iceland international has often been used as a substitute by Guardiola this season, but will be well known to United from his eight years in England with Bolton and Chelsea. At 6ft 1in, Gudjohnsen poses a threat in the air and is tidy with both feet. He can play as a forward or in midfield, but will most likey be on the bench.

THIERRY HENRY (August 17, 1977, forward)
Arsenal's all-time record goalscorer took his time to settle in Catalonia following his switch in summer 2007, but has now found his feet and bagged 25 goals in all competitions so far this season. Strong and skilful, he has pace to burn; however, after sustaining a knee injury in the 6-2 win at Real Madrid he is a doubt for the final.

BOJAN KRKIC (August 28, 1990, forward)
One of the most exciting young prospects in world football, Krkic has not featured much this season but boasts pace, strength, an eye for goal and the skills to beat his marker. Born to a Serbian father and Catalan mother, the tricky teenager burst onto the scene last season after a rapid rise through the Barca youth ranks and is tipped for great things.


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