Barcelona 3-1 ManU
Fantastic Barca performance.
Listening to the Sky Sports 'analysts' beforehand you would have thought it was going to be a really tight game. They questioned Mascherano at centre half and the full backs Alves and Abidal, saying Giggs, Valencia, Rooney and Hernandez would wreak havoc! They also said that Barca weren't firing on all cylinders.
My head was hurting listening to the gash they were talking.
You have to believe that they have watched Barca on numerous occasions, so what did they see in an average Manu team that they thought would trouble the Catalans? Barca made them look like a pub team at times. Vidic and Ferdinand were ok, and Park covered every blade of grass I think. Rooney scored a very good goal, but even he lost posession too easily. Valencia was crap, Giggs anonymous and Carrick out of his depth. Fabio and Evra couldn't cope with the marauding Barca wide men. Hernandez in time may prove to be a great player, but not with performances like that.
Mike, you think Manu are the 2nd best team in the world? I doubt very much they would beat Real Madrid over 2 legs. So, probably 3rd best for me. Celtic a close 4th.
Equating them with the Spanish team is a strange one for obvious reasons; Xavi, Iniesta, Busquets, Puyol, Pedro, Villa and Pique all play for them both! Casillas is a better goalie than Valdes. Sergio Ramos before Alves any day. Abidal before Capedevila though. Messi is the difference maker in this comparison. So I'd agree with you. Some game though!
You can't fall in love with their football? Mike, if it wasn't for Barca and, to a lesser extent, Real, I wouldn't watch another footy game ever again.
A bit of nostalgia there with the old teams you mentioned! I grew up with Celtic in '67, Manu 68, then Dutch total football. Liverpool and Forest were fantastic teams. The Milan team with Baresi, Rijkaard, Gullit and Van Basten was special. Of course the 1970 Brazilians top the lot.
Interesting to see what the reply from the English teams will be this summer. More money spent on a smorgasboard of overrated, under achieving foreign divas? Not forgetting that Barca will strengthen. Fabregas maybe? Probably not this season, but he is the heir apparent for Xavi. A new centre half to replace Puyol will be on the list. I wouldn't be surprised to see them letting David Villa go. Rossi from Villarreal has been touted. They have very high hopes for the young Dutch winger, Affelay.
With Valdano gone, Jose will be pulling all the strings in Madrid, so it will be interesting to see what happens there.
Get your hard earned dollars on Barca winning it again next year.