I feel it is my moral duty to educate these people and hence this post.
FC Barcelona of 2009-11 is the Chelsea of 2005-07, the Madrid of the early 2000s and Man Utd of the late 1990s. They are the team with the big stars, the team that wins everything, and hence also the team with the largest number of supposed fans whose choice of football club to support is based on the sports page headlines in TOI.
So Dear Barca ‘fans’,
I need to tell you a few things. Its for your own good. I am protecting you from gross embarassment, twitter outrage and nasty jokes.
First things first, 700 passes in a game is not indicative of how well a team played. In Barca’s case it is invariably indicative of how well they succeeded in boring the crap out of the opposition. So please stop harping on about how Barca completed more than double the passes United did. Both clubs have extremely different styles of playing. Man Utd were never competing with Barca on the ‘passes completed’ statistic. And in general, numbers don’t do justice to a game and are no way of judging one.
Also, do stop yapping on about how Barca ‘put United in its place’ – United were always the underdogs, and every United fan with half a brain will acknowledge this. This result was expected. Barca now is like Steve Waugh’s Australia – they are a team that needs to take special efforts to lose a game.
Being a die hard United fan for over 13 years, I will be the first to say that Barca have a far superior team and man for man, United are not good enough to beat them. They have far better players in almost all positions and if they wanted, they could easily outclass United. But this was not seen at the Champions League final. All three goals were major defensive errors which schoolboys would be ashamed of. Nothing brilliant about them whatsoever. We have seen Barca’s brilliance multiple times, but this game was not one of those instances. You obviously won’t have noticed this, as the only football you have actually watched comprises the 3 minute youtube video titled “The best of Messi” made to the background music of Blur’s Song no2 by some bored Norwegian school kid.
And one last thing. Do figure out who Frank Rijkaard is.