Wednesday, April 30, 2008
I had been anticipating this match since the very disappointing 1st leg. The display at Nou Camp, that's not Man Utd! Sir Alex had some very strange ideas for that match & let Barca run rings around them. The statistic speaks for itself, we only get 35% of possession.
I was all fire up for the 2nd leg, I don my jersey & head over to my friend's house early. I am not superstitious but every United game I watched there ends with a win ^~^
Arriving early, I was able to catch Shebby's prediction. He predicted a score draw & for Barca to advance. Well, I expected that, he is anti-Man Utd and always wrong in his prediction anyway. And today, he was wrong again haha
The match started very lively & I was praying for an early goal. And minutes later, my prayers were answered when Scholes scored from outside the penalty box. We were ecstatic! That was a goal enough to win any match.
But I did not felt any relieve at all, I think no one did. Barca was always on the attack. They were playing nice football but I did not enjoyed it. In fact their only strategy seem to be passing the ball to Messi. He was of course brilliant, I had to admit. He seem to be able to beat the Man Utd defenders at will.
No wonder people hail him as the best, he was constantly dangerous. Ronaldo was overshadowed in comparison. But I think he did ok, in fact he play the ball to his team mates more instead of keeping it all. I kinda like the new Ronaldo.
Going into halftime with a one goal lead was nerve-wrecking. And throughout the 2nd half, it was almost too scary too watch. Rijkaard was throwing all his strikers into the game. Henry, Bojan even Gudjohnsen!
Man Utd allowed them too much space, we were simply not physical enough. Should have closed down the players more. Yet they can't seem to score. They are like the Spanish version of Arsenal. Playing good football but unable to score when it matter.
In the end, the one goal lead was enough to bring us to the final, to Moscow. After failing to play in the 1999 final, Scholes booked a place for himself in Moscow with that strike.Fergie's strange strategy work somehow, fortunately....
Now, bring on Chelsea or Liverpool!