Saturday, May 7, 2011

Champions League Final: 2009 All Over Again

So, let's rewind to the semi-finals. Barcelona defeated their arch-rivals Real Madrid in a diving and controversy filled semi-final. Two pieces of Messi magic at the Bernebeu basically put the Catalans in the final, while Manchester United completely dominated Schalke in both legs, winning 6-1 on aggregate.  How will these two match up in the final? 

Well, the last time these two faced each other on this momentous occasion, Barcelona had Samuel Eto'o, Thierry Henry, and Yaya Toure. But since then, all have left to different clubs, with differing results. Only Eto'o has received true success, winning the treble with Inter Milan last year. Meanwhile at the United camp, the only huge difference between today's squad and 2009's squad is the fact that Cristiano Ronaldo has left. To some, it might seem like a huge difference, but Nani has filled in Ronaldo's shoes. But he dives more. Just a bit.

Barcelona's Champions' League campaign this year has been marred with controversy. Yes, they do play wonderful (to some) football, but they aren't the most innocent team. In their tie with Arsenal, Robin Van Persie got a (in my opinion) bulls**t red card, and that basically sent them out of the tie. And in their semi-finals against Los Galacticos, Dani Alves dove to get Pepe sent off, and many other players, mainly Pedro and Sergio Busquets, dove in order to get advantages for Barca. In fact, there was so much diving, that I was disgusted while watching, and turned off the TV. Such a huge occasion, two great teams playing, and it was completely ruined. I'd rather watch Blackpool and Wigan of the Premier League play. Oh well, what can you do.

Sir Alex Ferguson's men, on the other hand, have had a great campaign. They got into the final after also beating their rivals, Chelsea. However, over the two legs, that game was exciting and actually fun to watch. Now, they're representing all of England's great clubs in Europe. Despite being an Arsenal fan, I will honestly be behind United on this day. I really don't like either of these teams, but if I had to choose, it would easily be Manchester. I hate how Barcelona have had to get so many decisions their way in order to reach the final, and I truly hope the Mancs kick their Catalonian a**es. But, I think Barca will win it. And I'm not trying to diss Manchester, they'll probably dominate the beginning of the match, but will somehow have a man sent off, and then it'll be impossible to beat them. Ask Real and Arsenal.

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