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  • #16
    Originally posted by Conor Dary
    Originally posted by rumbleyoungmanrumble
    That was an awesome performance by Barcelona - Man U weren't that bad, they just couldn't get the ball. Iniesta was simply brilliant, haven't seen technique like that for years - and he was only half-fit.

    Simple header for Messi - hang time about 3 seconds, ball behind him, he's 1,30 tall... :shock: :shock: Amazing.

    That was the real deal. A pleasure to see.[/u][/i]
    Sorry, but Man U was that bad. The few times they had the ball it appeared they didn't know what to do with it, ie. Giggs taking the free kick instead of Ronaldo....ugh.

    Oh, well at least they beat Hull.
    Sorry, Barcelona were that good. The reason Man U never had the ball is because Barcelona are maybe the best ball-retaining team I've ever seen - as the commentary here said, Iniesta and Xavi haven't given a ball away since they were spotty teenagers. A lot of Man U players were humbled - Giggs, Park, Anderson and Carrick were awful, Ferdinand rusty, Rooney marginalised and Vidic showing once again that he loses it completely against top-class strikers - remember the roasting he got from Torres when Liverpool beat them 4-1? As much as I hate the prima donna perfumed ponce that is Ronaldo, he never gave up.

    The British press severly underestimated this Barca team - probably based on their struggles against Chelsea, but to those who watch La Liga week in and week out, this performance was what we've come to expect. 107 league goals...

    Bottom line - Barca made a very good team look ordinary.

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    • #17
      Originally posted by EPelle
      1-0 Barca, actually. Ronaldo had two great shots early - one a penalty kick. Obviously, he missed both.
      ??? What penalty? Or, as eldrick puts it...

      eh????

      You guys were watching a different game to me
      :wink:

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      • #18
        Originally posted by rumbleyoungmanrumble
        The reason Man U never had the ball is because Barcelona are maybe the best ball-retaining team I've ever seen
        Originally posted by rumbleyoungmanrumble
        their struggles against Chelsea
        Isn't this the whole point? Against Chelsea they looked nothing like a "ball-retaining team". I don't see that many games so it is hard to judge if that was a one off bad performance. Did they demonstrate these superlative ball retaining skills in other champions league games?

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        • #19
          Originally posted by rumbleyoungmanrumble
          Bottom line - Barca made a very good team look ordinary.
          Well said, I'm in complete agreement with your whole post. Defining the match through Man U being "bad" isn't right. Barca played superb football and should be lauded for their commitment to the beautiful game. Man U simply weren't allowed to play their usual flowing and attacking game. Remember, Barca beat Real Madrid 6-2 a few weeks ago....

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          • #20
            Originally posted by rumbleyoungmanrumble
            That was an awesome performance by Barcelona - Man U weren't that bad, they just couldn't get the ball. Iniesta was simply brilliant, haven't seen technique like that for years - and he was only half-fit.

            Simple header for Messi - hang time about 3 seconds, ball behind him, he's 1,30 tall... :shock: :shock: Amazing.

            That was the real deal. A pleasure to see.[/u][/i]
            I also agree. Well, kind of. ManU was pretty bad - relatively speaking. They looked like a "B -level" team. It was amazing how good Barca was - they outplayed MU in every position and every aspect of the game.

            Maybe we didn't see the same flow against Chelsea because Chelsea packed it in. To MU's credit - they came out and tried to play open soccer. But, that played into Barc's games....obviously they can't compete with Barca in an open game.

            Maybe they should have used the Chelsea strategy - pack it in and go for the long-ball counter attacks. Well, hind-sight is 20/20, but ManU was given a soccer lesson.

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            • #21
              Originally posted by Daisy
              Did they demonstrate these superlative ball retaining skills in other champions league games?
              Yes. Many times. Bayern Munich, Lyon, Sporting Lisbon, poor little Basle...

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              • #22
                Don't get me wrong. I thought Barca played marvelously. Their passing was amazing. That fluidity seemed to flummox ManU completely. Rooney and Ronaldo looked very frustrated.

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                • #23
                  Originally posted by rumbleyoungmanrumble
                  Originally posted by Daisy
                  Did they demonstrate these superlative ball retaining skills in other champions league games?
                  Yes. Many times. Bayern Munich, Lyon, Sporting Lisbon, poor little Basle...
                  And judging from the responses above that sounds right.

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