I can’t believe I’ve sat here doing a piece about the Champions League final that Chelsea aren’t even in but having missed out on the final thanks to some of the most woeful reffing the Champions League is ever likely to see – not to mention coming up against a right smug Barca fan yesterday – it had to be done.
So, from a Chelsea point of view, will it be a decent final considering it’s ‘the final everyone wanted’? Will we see the beautiful game played how it should be played or will the officials have far too much say in yet another high profile game? And what’s more, do I even give a toss now?
I guess it’s the final everyone wanted because of the sheer size of the clubs involved and the history of success that goes with them. And in terms of the football itself, they’re definitely the two most impressive clubs in the world right now. So what can they give us?
The Cristiano Ronaldo vs Lionel Messi face-off maybe? I don’t think so. I mean, it might be what everyone’s predicting, but I reckon this game’s gonna be about a lot more than these two. Whilst we all know about Barca’s attacking line-up – Xavi, Iniesta, Messi, Henry and Eto’o – they can keep the ball, move it around a little, and generally be a bit of a handful, we also know they struggle to get past English sides without a little helping hand. And United aren’t exactly short of the odd decent player either with the likes of Berbatov, Tevez, Rooney, Ronaldo, Giggs, Carrick, etc…..
You see, for all Barca’s free-flowing football, they only seem to have one way of playing – offensively – and whilst there’s nothing wrong with that, in fact it’s very commendable and great stuff to watch, I think they’ll struggle against a more efficient Manchester United. Because not only have United got a pretty decent front line themselves, but they’ve got a tidy midfield and a solid defence to boot – we should know, we lost out in the Premier League to them yet again this season. And let’s be honest, La Liga doesn’t even come close to the Premier League.
Ok, so I’m singing United’s praises a bit too much now for a Chelsea supporter – and it’s not that it rolls easily off the tongue (or keyboard rather, but you get my point) it’s more the knowledge that Barca didn’t have enough to get past us fairly and I hope United get a fairer crack at them tonight than we did.
And batter the fuckers.