Saturday, May 28, 2011

Catalans vs the Devils Redux : 2011

2009 : Champions League Final
Manchester United v Barcelona

Man Utd were outclassed in every department of the game by the Catalans.
Barca's win was an emphatic and deserving one. No one disputed that. Even United themselves.

May 28 2011 : Champions League Final
Barcelona v Manchester United

Barca still looks to be the better team. United however were unbeaten in the Champions League this season.
Man United will probably start the line up with the one that beat Schalke in the first leg. In any event, this is probably the line up for tonight.

Van Der Sar - on goalkeeping duties
Evra, Ferdinand, Vidic, Fabio - holding the fort
Park, Carrick, Giggs, Valencia - holding the ball, passing, winging, you name it
Rooney and Hernandez - to tap the ball into the net

Barca's line up would include :-

Valdez - keeping duties, no one else but him
Pique, Puyol, Abidal, Alves - with the likes of veteran Puyol and the young brashness of Pique, it would be a difficult task breaching the walls
Iniesta, Xavi, Busquets - the engine, easily the best midfield line up in the world at the moment
Rodriguez, Messi and Villa - the attack force most feared

So what are the odds tonight?Seems to be leaning heavily on Barca.
But if Iker, the octopus's predictions are correct, then United should be lifting it tonight. Hahaha. Yeah. Trust an octopus. Paul died already, so don't bother.

Well, the task is a heavy and daunting one. But it is not impossible.

Tonight, I hope to see Van Der Sar lift one more trophy before he ends his illustrious career. And I hope to see Giggs emerge from the ashes of his recent scandal, at least for tonight's performances, to give his best.
United need to contain so many good players, Xavi, Iniesta, Messi, Villa, and I hope United succeeds in doing so.
Well, will Valencia (or Nani) tire the Barca defence? Will Hernandez score from anywhere from his body tonight? Will Giggs work the midfield engine to create magic? Will Scholes volley and score ala Zidane? Will Owen make a surprise substitute appearance and win it for United?

We shall soon find out...

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