28 May 2009

Barcelona the answer, Wenger!

The new champion of European Football; FC Barcelona - Getty Images

It was a wild night to remember as Barcelona the newly crowned European Champions beat defending champion, Man Utd 2-0 in stadio Olimpico, Rome. It was even a sweeter revenge for the Catalonia team as they have beaten the team that kicked them out at the semi finals stage last year. The match between the two domestic champions ( EPL and Primera Liga) was considered a classic of all finals setting up two teams with two different set of footballing approach. Whilst Man Utd is considered tough, physical and a counter attacking side - a typical English side approach, Barcelona is more prudent, fluent and all attacking open play side. Indeed these two sides produced an entertaining 90 minutes play which most of the neutrals would enjoy and take pleasure in. (which i did!)

The build up towards the final was tremendous with both teams have achieved everything domestically. Man Utd has retained their EPL crown for 3 consecutives years apart from the Carling Cup and the World Club Cup whilst Barcelona break their duck of 3 year trophy less with 2 domestic cups in hand. In the end the final would set one team apart and put themselves in the history books with both managers eyeing to become the best manager of Europe. Sir Alex would be glad to hold his third European Cup putting himself at the same level as Bob Paisley of Liverpool. Pep Guardiola would be the youngest manager to hold the cup and secured a successful treble just in his 'rookie' managerial role. Finally, the younger manager did in the end got the last laughs.

The dejected side - getty images

the 'rookie' manager got his deserving credit - getty images

Man Utd was the better team for the first 10 minutes with chance after chance. Ronaldo got a free kick saved and few chances off target. Barcelona really took their chance with the first attack that produced the first goal. It came as a surprise and killed off the defending champion playing rythm. From there on, we could only see one team will emerge as champion and when Messi capitalise his marker and headed home the second goal, the game was totally over. It encapsulate the whole journey of Barcelona from a distant European glory transforming into a Europe powerhouse for years to come. Furthermore, it also give the title rights of the best player of the world to the deserving one between Ronaldo and Messi in which the latter seems entitled for.

the goal that killed the game - getty images

Nevertheless, the game was won by the Catalans not because of the Argentinian. It was indeed won by the contributions of two catalans players whose ranked up from their youth academy system. Iniesta and Xavi were the major influence at the centre of midfield commanding and controlling the ball whom Carrick and Anderson could not find answer to diffuse. It was the through ball of Iniesta and a curling ball by Xavi that find Eto'o and Messi for both goals and the duo deserved the right credits being the best players on the pitch.

It was a great ending for a great night. The potential of Barcelona to maintain their crops of players and win more cup in future looks bright. It also give credit to their style of playing of winning the ball, passing and attacking in which another young side, Arsenal take approach. There is a resemblance of attacking style between the two in which Arsenal lack of  in term of match winners and experience players. By looking at how far Barcelona has reach within 12 months, and with a little tweak in Arsenal camp, I foresee Arsenal would become another attacking side football club that could mesmerise the world. I hope Arsene watched the finals and get a tip or two and start the build up to end up 4 hiatus years of trophy less.

In Arsene We Trust (at least for now)

For now.. viva FC Barcelona. Hail the Blaugrana

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