What a great game tonight! Although it wasn’t the best Uefa Champions League Final, Manchester United and FC Barcelona put it a good display in order to please fans from all over the world. Long story short, Barcelona won 2-0 in a game they dominated and therefore it was a deserved win. The Manchester-based team went off to a great start with 5 shots in the first 8 minutes, however, Barcelona’s first shot on goal represented the first goal. Samuel Eto’o was the scorer after a good teamplay, he dribbled past Nemanja Vidic and he tapped the ball in. It was only the 10th minute.
After Sir Alex Ferguson’s team conceded the goal, they were devastated. Manchester United didn’t manage to enter Barcelona’s half of the pitch as Per Guardiola’s team played a great passing game. In order to preserve their lead, Barcelona passed the ball a lot and it was hard for Ronaldo & Co. to get their feet on the ball. Barcelona missed a few more opportunities before the break, while Manchester sat back quietly.
Everybody was thinking that Sir Alex Ferguson will manage to wake up and push for the equalizer, however, Barcelona played a great game. Thanks to a very good tactic by Guardiola, Barcelona’s players kept their cool and minded their own business. Although Carlos Tevez replaced Anderson soon after the beginning of the second half, he didn’t do too much on the pitch, and what can you do against a midfield consisting of Xavi (a great leader with a great vision), Iniesta (a player with an incredible technique and speed), and Sergio Busquets who didn’t let anything go past him?
Barcelona were the better team thanks to a great defense – even if Dani Alves and Abidal missed the UCL Final, Puyol did well on the right side, Sylvinho did well on the left, while Yaya Toure and Gerard Pique (a former Manchester United player) were rock solid in the center. Also what can we say about Barca’s offensive trio? Although Henry was quiet throughout the game, Eto’o scored first in the 10th minute, while Leo Messi scored with a great header following a cross from Xavi.
Lionel Messi was probably the best player of this season’s Uefa Champions League and even in the final, he was unstoppable. He didn’t score after one of his renowned personal action, but Xavi’s cross from the 70th minute was world-class.
Dimitar Berbatov and Paul Scholes entered the pitch for Manchester but they were powerless against a perfect Barcelona team. It was a clearly deserved win, and the Red Devils couldn’t have done more. They did their best. Congratulations to Barcelona, and more importantly congratulations to Josep Guardiola who at his first season on the biggest soccer stage demonstrated that he is a great coach.
P.S. This year’s Barcelona team can be compared to Cruyff’s team in the past which is well-known for playing “total football” or “total soccer” for us.
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