The clock is ticking!
Blimey it doesn’t feel like ten years ago that we undone Bayern Munich in two crazy injury time minutes to win the Champions League, it feels like it was yesterday!
I was there in Barcelona that night but will have to settle for a pub in Manchester City Centre this time around and i will be praying that Sir Alex manages to topple the Catalan giants in Rome. It won’t be easy that’s for sure. Man United may well be considered the most in form and talented side in Europe at present but Pepe Guardiola’s men must run them pretty close.
Many of my friends point to the way Chelsea managed to nullify the startlingly talented forward line that the La Liga side has on offer for 180 minutes only to lose to a last gasp strike, but i would take nothing for granted. Yes the Blues midfield expertly dealt with the double threats of Xabi and Iniesta who really represent the engine room and beating heart of the Spanish side but one needs to look at just how much the Camp Nou outfit has achieved this season overall.
Barcelona have walked the title and in the process scored a ton plus goals whilst simultaneously maintaining the best defence in the league. With one game to go they have an amazing +70 goal difference and also clinched the Spanish Cup to boot. Samuel Eto’o, Leo Messi and Thierry Henry alone have scored 94 goals between them!
There back line is also pretty solid so we shouldn’t think that we can waltz in and help ourselves, this is a team that played four games against Chelsea and Bayern Munich and conceded just 2 goals.
The one fear I do have ahead of the game related the lack of meaningful action the lads have seen in the past ten days or so but that is an unnecessary anxiety as Guardiola’s men have also rested these past two weeks, resulting in two defeats which shows that perhaps they have less of a strength in depth than we do, not that that is an issue that relates to the Champions League Final but may go someway to fuelling the debate of which club is the better placed to call itself the kings of Europe.
The word on the grapevine is we will field a team and formation similar to that which blew away Arsenal in the second leg of the Semi and i think that is a good idea. It will of course mean Tevez misses out again but i have a dream he will pull off a Solskjaer and score a last minute winner…Well a man can dream can’t he!