For the third time in the last six years, Barcelona won the European Champions League tonight, when they defeated Manchester United 3-1 at Wembley Stadium.
FC Barcelona today – what a team!
And the team that is widely recognized as the best club team in the world, showed once again why that is the case, when Manchester United couldn’t stay with them in the second half.
The Red Devils made a good start to the game, and even had most possession in the first 10 minutes, but then the Juggernaut that is Barcelona slowly got on top as they started to dominate possession.
And the mounting pressure finally saw Barcelona take the lead with an excellently worked goal after 28 minutes, that had Pedro easily beating Edwin van der Saar, who was making his very last appearance in a wonderful career.
It looked a bit ominous, but Manchester United never give up, and they came back well on 34 minutes and Wayne Rooney shot home excellently, from a nice move from the Red Devils, and the score was 1-1 at the break, although Barcelona had had more possession.
In the second half, fans witnessed what they had seen so much from this great Barcelona side, as they dominated possession, and it was hard for the Red Devils to get the ball.
And once they lost the ball Barcelona harried and harried until Manchester United gave up possession and again every loose ball seems to go to a Barcelona player.
Why is that?
That’s what you get when you put World class players together, and they play as a team, and work their sicks off for the side when they have the ball, and also when they don’t have the ball.
The Red Devils had planned and planned in the previous week of how to combat the Spanish giants, and knew that if they switched off the would be punished.
And that’s exactly what happened after 54 minutes when Messi – what a player this lad is - got the ball outside the penalty area – and nobody challenged – so he hit a beautiful shot past the Dutch goalkeeper to put Barcelona 2-1 up – another great Messi special.
The game was wrapped up after 69 minutes when another shot from outside the penalty area, this time from David Villa, who beat van der Saar high to his left, with a wonderful curling shot.
Barcelona played the game out, and to be truthful they won this game fairly easily, and had a massive 70% possession in the game, and it was their second win in the last three times of trying.
Barcelona are simply the best club side in the world at the moment, and they are one of the best club sides ever, and unless something strange happens, they will win this European Champions League even more times in the seasons ahead.
But it was a great spectacle for football fans around the world, the world -wide TV audience was estimated at 400 million – as the game was played without any theatrics from either side, and it was clear the English Champions were well beaten for the second time in three seasons by a superior Spanish side.
And just to show it doesn’t take millions and millions to build a world class side – Barcelona had 7 players starting this game who had come through their famous Academy – something that Newcastle are trying to copy.
Well – that’s good.