Barcelona : Champions League 2011 Winners!

Congratulations to Pep Guardiola & Johan Cruyff’s La Masia for creating & continuing the perfect European Team Barcelona. All praise to Barcelone for the flawless style & class when they demolished Manchester United 3-1 with magical goals by Messi & Villa. Special praise to Pedro who was for me the unsung hero that certainly knew how to pick immaculate runs into the box and exploit spaces. Pedro indeed is going to be a star of the future.

However, I am more annoyed at Fergie. I am not a Man United fan –  more like an Anti-Man U fan. But I am still rooting for the English team (Blame the Colonial legacy in Singapore) & found it irritating that Fergie actually could have challenged & may have won the match.

Fergie deployed a 4-4-1-1  formation.

Van der Sar

Fabio  Ferdinand  Vidic  Evra

Valencia  Carrick  Giggs  Park

Rooney

Hernandez

I thought he got it correct with Valencia, Fabio & Hernandez. However, i really disapproved the choice of Carrick & Giggs in the middle. Carrick to me was a disappointment this season whereas Giggs is currently having the affair scandal. Furthermore, why i didn’t agree with this formation was that Fergie should have taken Mourinho’s tactics by playing a defensive midfielder (DM) to disrupt Messi. One has to realise that Barcelona plays without a striker. More like a 4-1-2-3-0. Thus, it was important to crowd out the midfield. If Fergie was a little more adventurous, he could have deployed a sweeper from the 80’s tactics. However, this would be my suggested tactic for Man United.

I would suggest a 4-2-3-1 formation or 4-5-1.

Van der Sar

Fabio  Ferdinand  Vidic  Evra

Scholes  Anderson

Valencia  Rooney  Nani

Hernandez

Let’s overlook the poor performance of Valencia, Evra & Hernandez. We wouldn’t have thought they would severly underperformed in this match. Why Scholes & Anderson in the centre rather than Carrick & Giggs? Well Giggs is a brilliant player but he certainly isn’t the best passer as Scholes that is able to dictate the tempo. Anderson is needed to give the dirty edge as Pepe did also thanks to his high aggression & stamina to stamp out Messi. I chose Nani over Park as I believe you needed class instead of mindless running. Nani is a World Class player and he could have been the extra spark to support Rooney. It could have paint a different picture.

If we had the foresight to know that Valencia, Evra & Hernandez would have underperformed. This would be the other team that I would have suggested.

4-2-3-1 or 4-5-1 (Foresight Team)

Van der Sar

Fabio  Ferdinand  Vidic  Evra

Scholes  Anderson

Nani                 Rooney             Giggs

Berbatov

This new team may had a chance over Barcelona but it would have been with negative tactics similar to that of Greece ala European Championship 2004. All in all, Barcelona still is the best attacking team in the world.

 

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