UEFA Champions League Final: Manchester United vs. Barcelona Thread

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#1 CommanderShiro
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Didn't see any thread for this game, so I decided to start one. Who do you guys got winning? I'm placing my bets on Machester United.

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#2 strider_ATI
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I hope Barcelona win, I don't want the Man Utd fans bragging :" We won 4 titles, We are the best, bla bla bla..."
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#3 andyboiii
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I got Manchester United winning this one
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#4 mvphalo8
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Well Samuel Eto'o's scores in the 10th minute Barca leading 1-0.

Messi then shortly missed a 16 yard shot that could have made it 2-0.

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#5 CommanderShiro
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The momentum is all on Barcelona's side right now.

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#6 Olympusmaster
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I want Man U to win for England but if they were against another team from England (any team) I would no doubt vote for the other one!!!! Who's with me?
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#9 BaraChat
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As soon as it's a team from England, I'm rooting for the opposite side.

And it's Barça, so I'm doubly rooting for Barça. And I was correct.

Oh, and I made a thread after the Semi-Finals but it got lost amongst the NBA playoffs threads.

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#10 Ithiliel
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Visca el Barça!!

It's been amazing. I live in a small town in North-western Spain, about 900 km away from Barcelona, and several bars in the surroundings have started throwing fireworks. I bet many people will go (if they go) to work tomorrow with a terrible hangover :D

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#11 kiddoom93
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man u werent up to the challenge to the now greatest team in the world im not saying there werent the greatest but it has been confirmed tonight and also has been confirmed that messi is better than ronaldo it was proved in that game just look it again messi was playing for to show they are the best in the world but imo ronaldo was only playing for himself everytime he had the ball he would have a shot would never get back and defend but messi would rather play the pass to help his team would get back and defend and he would drop into midfield if needed barca reserve defence totaly outclassed man u defence which suprised me but credit to them fergusons team selection was all wrong should have started tevez dropped giggs played park in the middle of the park and played rooney in the central part pep guardiola got his tactics spot on he is still a young manager and has a lot to learn but with that tonight he could become something special

now on to the goals great pass from the man of the match imo inestia to eto'o vidic was beaten too easy and van der sar had no chace for then on him

messi's goal was a wonderful header from probably going to become the greatest player ever ahead of marradona and pele there i said but terrible defending again from man u 3 white shirts in the box 1 barca great ball from the other maestro of the barca midfiel xavi and messi plats a free header over van der sar and barca finish the job well done to barcelona tottaly deserved and dont be suprised now if ronaldo goes to real

but the only downside it was puyol and his diving i know this happens all the time but he was the only man on the park that dved the whole which dissapointed me but the referee was spot on just a couple of 50/50 that could have gone the other way thats all but overall a good match

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man utd-6/10-gave a brave shot a barca but werent good enough in all areas all night but if they scored in they first 10 mins it could have been very different

official 10/10- thats the kind of referee that should be taking care of finals not the one at stamford bridge

barca-10/10-everything they done was perfect thats how football is meant to be played and was played worthy champions europe

man of the match- andrius inestia

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#12 -Halftime-
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I'm a Real Madrid supporter, but I wanted Barcelona to win. Good to see a Spanish club as the champion.

I know Real Madrid & Barca are rivals, but I'm not that hardcore of a soccer fan so:P

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#13 X360PS3AMD05
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Any excuse for fireworks is cool with me :D My bandwagon brother came over to see it, it was worth missing the Dodger game to see him complain about his team Man U :lol:
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#14 Los9090
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Good that a team from La Liga win this thing. But its easy to say that because I hate Man U

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#15 neseri12
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barca 4 life man.

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#16 BaraChat
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but the only downside it was puyol and his diving i know this happens all the time but he was the only man on the park that dved the whole which dissapointed me but the referee was spot on just a couple of 50/50 that could have gone the other way thats all but overall a good match

match ratings

man utd-6/10-gave a brave shot a barca but werent good enough in all areas all night but if they scored in they first 10 mins it could have been very different

official 10/10- thats the kind of referee that should be taking care of finals not the one at stamford bridge

barca-10/10-everything they done was perfect thats how football is meant to be played and was played worthy champions europe

man of the match- andrius inestia

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Yep I didn't like how Puyol acted near the end, as much as I love Barça. I thought it was pointless.

The referee did a great job overall, I agree with you. Not once during the game have I had something wrong to say about him.

Man U played a lousy game, I've seen them play way better than that, and Ronaldo was playing like crap the whole game... So were Man U defenders. But what's the points of going with 4 forwards at one point? Tevez, Rooney, Park, Ronaldo at the same time? Dumb move by Ferguson.

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#17 iliastse
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I'll take things from the end :

The referee has just blown the final whistle. Seconds later my cell phone rings, it was my old man Robert from Liverpool. Prior to the game he was so nervous, because he didn't want to see Paisley's record getting equalized, neither seeing ManUtd winning CL by any means. His first words ? "Ilias... There is God" ... Tiny detail, Robert doesn't do religion (his only words about religion since I met him about 4 years ago). "You **** old man, you 're a believer now HAH " were my exact words

Now to the match. ManUtd... correction... Ronaldo started the match better than anyone else, he had that good early free kick getting parried, then he tried a couple of shots from long distance that went off target. And just when everythinhg showed that the Reds were taking the game into their hands, Barca makes a semi-counter attack, Eto'o sends Vidic for breakfast (Vidic is still searching on which way to go) and 1-0, end of the match. The goal was important but not critical for the fate of the match.

But Ferguson didn't know what to do... Come out and play and make space for Barca or play it tight in the midfield and have patience in their game ? Well they selected option number 2, and that's why they had ball possession until 30' without missing any serious chance though. After 30' Barca got ball possession again but they were so careful on their passes, they didn't want to risk their goal advantage. And so the 1st half ended.

There must have been some talking in the dressing rooms, because Barca completely crushed ManUtd in the 1st 10mins of the 2nd half And honestly I expected to see ManUtd trying to gear up the pressure in the 2nd half.But Guardiola's guys simply dominated the 2nd half, 2-0 was a matter of time. ManUtd's only serious chance w2as just after Messi's header, with Giggs' shot getting blocked and Valdez beating Ronaldo. And of course, ManUtd showed their nasty face in the end, going hard on Barca players with their hard, sometimes unprofessional tackles. Needless to say, Ronaldo provided another unforgettable display for me

I really can't find a Barca player that didn't play well. Xavi and Iniesta were simply superb, while Puyol played way better than D.Alves had played in the recent matches. To my eyes, it was like watching Spain in Euro 2008, in a bit more improved version.

The way I see it, ManUtd didn't face a single serious Champions League team on the way to Rome (sorry Arsenal fans), while Barca had to sweat big time against Chelsea, who had already been sweating in the quarters against Liverpool. Football justice (if there is one) has been served.

The Champions League curse is still alive...

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#18 yentar480
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Vidic and Ferdinand were absent in this game. Barca had free reign in the final third. Busquets and the make shift back 4 for Barca played incredible.
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#19 BaraChat
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Well, GS Sports Games Discussion forums has some future football analysts. ;)

Seriously, I'm happy there were some people that didn't go for the simple "BARCA 4 LIFE" or "MAN U SUCKS" or "RONALDO ROCKS" and actually dissected the game, some aspects, at the very least.

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#20 cmpepper23
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Well, GS Sports Games Discussion forums has some future football analysts. ;)

Seriously, I'm happy there were some people that didn't go for the simple "BARCA 4 LIFE" or "MAN U SUCKS" or "RONALDO ROCKS" and actually dissected the game, some aspects, at the very least.

BaraChat

I probably would have after the game because I was a little intoxcated:D but didn't have internet that day. As a Barca fan I was a bit nervous before the game because of the injuries and suspensions, but the backline played wonderfully. Pique is turning into a world class defender, and I bet it eats SAF up considering his 2 central defenders played poorly in the game and he let Pique get away last summer. I was extremely happy to see Messi score with a header, his weakest attribute, and what a header it was. That first goal changed everything and allowed Barca to impose their style of play full force on Man U. Pep has a chance at becoming one of the all time great managers if he can keep this up.