Stage Is Set For Barcelona vs Manchester United
The stage is now set for what many see as a game that will settle the question of which is the best soccer league in the world? On one side we have Spanish giants Barcelona, arguably the current best side in the world and on the other Manchester United the team that looks most likely to win the English Premier League this season and consistently one of the best soccer teams in England.
Sir Alex Ferguson and his Manchester United team will look to revenge the humbling defeat which his side lead then by Cristiano Ronaldo suffered in Rome in the 2008 Champions League finals at the hands of a Barcelona team lead by coach Josep Guardiola and young Argentinian, Leo Messi. The contest which was heavily dominated by Barcelona ended in a 2-0 score with the Catalonians lifting the Champions League trophy for the third time in the club’s history.
After a heated semifinal series with rival Real Madrid which required several expulsions, and many subsequently imposed UEFA sanctions for unsportsman behavior and comments, Barcelona mesmorized the soccer world with their intricate passing, staying true to the Barcelona way of dominating possession, and forcing Real Madrid to opt for defending in their own half and chasing shadows for most of the 2 game series.
Manchester United which may have had an easier opponent, played very well throughout their 2 game series versus German side, Shalke. They showed great balance and flexibility and remained true to their high tempo, attacking soccer style, never taking the foot off the gas even when the contest seemed decided.
With the countdown begun, this years’ UEFA Champions League Finals has all the ingredients to be a classic in the tradition of this wonderful competition. We are all waiting with great anticipation for the kick-off on May 28th.