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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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Writer: Red Boy Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday May 4 2011

Time: 5:00PM

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I could go on for yonks about Barcelona's strengths and weaknesses but to summarise I will use Mourinho's idea and explain why he's right. When you play against Barca, you're playing with 10 men against 12 (this may be bold coming from me but Barca's favourtism is nothing in contrast to our own) is he wrong? Barca can't handle playing against 11 men, they draw or lose when playing against competent sides with 11 men. Heck, Arsenal should've beat Barca, Madrid should've beat Barca on both occassions. Arsenal went strong against Barca and looked to draw, then RVP's red card changed the game for them. Madrid in the 1st leg Messi's goals, though superb, wouldn't have happened had Pepe been sent off (look at the space he had to run in to for the 2nd goal, the space Pepe was occupying, the first goals once again the space he ran through for the head who should've been standing there). The 2nd leg, barca play against 11 men and shouldn't of drawn, with Higuain's goal wrongly ruled out.
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04/05/2011 18:13:00

leading 4-1 on aggregate, at half time, I'd say the author hasn't put himself up for ridicule by taking an appearance at Wembley for granted - feckin smart ass!
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04/05/2011 20:37:00

I agree with TFN7 completely,u have to have more discipline than style to win against them,we have to disrupt their passing game and be as physical as we can against them.
Antriksh (abmtd)
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