United - And So It Is Barcelona
Providing the unthinkable doesn`t happen tonight, Manchester United will be meeting Barcelona in the Champions League Final, at Wembley, on May 28th.
The Catalan side drew 1-1 with Real Madrid last night and eased into the final 3-1 on aggregate.
Too many Barcelona are thought to be the best club side in the world with their attractive, free-flowing football drawing praise from all quarters.
But can they be beaten?
Obviously, the answer is yes!
At the weekend they lost in La Liga proving they are not invincible and whilst many will point to how they crushed Arsenal in earlier rounds, Chelsea (not too long ago) showed that the Catalan giants can be nullified with the Londoners drawing both games, 0-0 and 1-1, only to go out on the away goals rule, if I recall correct an away goal that was score din the dying seconds at Stamford Bridge.
But is nullification the correct way to go about the task?
It could well be, but last night, trying to chase the tie after falling a goal behind on the night and 3-0 on aggregate, Real Madrid showed that Barcelona can be got at pulling a goal back.
If the battle is to be one that we can win then Sir Alex will have to nullify the Barcelona midfield. The way they move the ball is sublime and their speed of thought and foot is something to be admired. There`s also the small matter of Lionel Messi to deal with.
But Pep Guardiola, for all his sides` talents, will be aware that United posses players that can hurt his side and deny them their ambition of back-to-back Champions League titles. He`ll know that Wayne Rooney can turn a game in an instant, he`ll be aware that the ever-youthful Ryan Giggs can thread a ball through the eye of the needle and he`ll be perfectly aware that, at the time of writing, we`ve yet to concede a goal in the Champions League away from home.
May 28th promises to be an exhilarating night, the seventh time that we`ll cross swords with Barcelona in Europe, a night where dreams will be realized for one side and dashed for another. It`s just a crying shame that the way the tickets are distributed so few followers of both sides will be able to witness it anywhere other than on the television, but that`s another article somewhere down the line!
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