Countdown to the Champions League Clash of the Titans

19 May

Both have won their respective national leagues. Both are giants of modern football. The clash of the titans between Manchester United and Barcelona arrives at Wembley on the 28th May where the Champions League title will be decided.

Alex Ferguson’s Red Devils head into the clash on the back of a 6-1 semi final win over Schalke of Germany, and buoyed by their recent and record-breaking, 19th Premier League title.

The Catalans under Pep Guardiola secured La Liga with a game in hand and will have been boosted greatly by their victory against bitter rivals Real Madrid.

Both squads go into battle well prepared and well versed in the art of victory. Neither are strangers to the competition; United’s massacre of Schalke sees them in their third final in four years, whilst Barcelona face United in the Champions League final for the first time since beating them in 2009.

Manchester United, seeking both vengeance and another trophy to top off a season that more than displayed the strength and depth of the team, will look to use this years achievements as a platform to victory.

Arguably Barcelona will aim to accomplish something similar, but playing in England may not suit their brand of football or their tactical decisions. However, their will be little to decide between the genius of Sir Alex’s men and the beautiful football that Barca produce under Guardiola.

On the night, both teams have the ability and pedigree to produce a result. A clash of such magnitude and importance would be unfair to decide over penalties, so goals for either side will be imperative. With so little to decide between the two, a stalemate is plausible, but that would not only be bad for the teams, but for the game as a viewing spectacle. It’s unrealistic to expect a goal-fest, but good football should be in abundance.

Deciding a victor is next to impossible, but given their form and the English venue, I think United will just edge an otherwise tough and well fought game over the Spaniards.

The key for United 

A good start and the success of the fans player of the year, Hernandez. A veritable sensation, Chicharito has produced the goods when it has mattered, and on the biggest of stages, this is where it matters the most.

The key for Barcelona

 

Holding on; the reds have a habit of scoring late goals, so a goal for them at any stage of the game will take some pressure off themselves, and equally apply more to United. The magic of Messi will need to be on show, and he will be desperate to break his goal scoring duck in England.

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