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Adriano ready for aerial challenge

Barcelona defender Adriano doubts he can compete in the air against Bayern Munich's forwards in the Champions League semi-final first leg.
Should he feature in the heart of defence against the German side on Tuesday, the Brazilian could face the likes of Mario Mandzukic, Mario Gomez and Claudio Pizarro, all of whom are powerful target men that the full-back said he might struggle to contain.

"If I have to play (at centre-back) against tall players, I'll need to put springs in my boots," Adriano joked to Mundo Deportivo.

"But playing is the most important thing for me. There is a lot of competition (for places) and we all want to play, but I would be equally happy to play anywhere in a Champions League final."

Adriano spoke about whether he wishes to remain at Barcelona, given that his current deal concludes in 2014, and said there were no talks between himself and the club despite his desire to stay.

"I wish to stay. Currently, negotiations have stopped. Barcelona made their proposals and we made ours, but there is nothing complete," he said.

"I'm happy at Barcelona, because of the trophies I have won, this weather, the supporters, the city, the people ... I really want to stay. 

"Sure (I am ready to compromise in terms of contract), no doubt. If there is a chance to find an understanding, I'll do it."

The Brazilian said it was unfair to suggest Barcelona had enjoyed an easy run in the league this season.

"La Liga has never been easy and never will be. People say that it is easy because we win ... If others teams win La Liga then it is (said to be) more complicated," Adriano said.

"We are pleased because at the beginning of season people had doubts about where we would be at this stage but we are doing well. We are happy.

"Without a doubt (we've had a successful season). We have a very good advantage in La Liga. Any team would want this season – have that advantage and be first from the start in the league and be two matches away from the Champions League final."
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