Wining 4 Champions League titles in the last 8 years clearly makes you one of the best teams in the world. The Champions League is the most prestigious competition in football. In order to win it, you need to compete with the best.
Managers get fired and Russian billionaires spent fortunes on building super-star teams. Let’s take Chelsea as example.
Did you know that Abramovic spent 800 million dollars in the last 10 years on players and coaches?
That’s a lot of money, but he did managed to win the Champions League title. The same goes for Man City. They even brought Guardiola and offered him 18 million dollars per season for his services.
All because of the dream of winning the Champions League title.
But Barcelona is different. One of the best games they ever played was against Man Utd in the Champions League final in 2011.
“They’re the best in Europe, no question about that. In my time as a manager, I would say they’re the best team we’ve faced. “
“Everyone acknowledges that and I accept that. It’s not easy when you’ve been well beaten like that to think another way. No one has given us a hiding like that. It’s a great moment for them. ” – Alex Ferguson after the final.
7 out of 11 players were La Masia Graduates
Barcelona didn’t spent millions and millions of dollars just to build a team of super stars. They focused on young players coming from the academy instead, and that worked out pretty well for them.
Iniesta silenced Stamford Bridge
The Chelsea fans thought it was all over, but they forgot Barcelona has Iniesta. The player who shined in big matches. From Champions League final, to the World Cup final, Iniesta is always to score when you need a miracle.
Messi scores a header against Man Utd
No one ever expected from Messi to score a header in the Champions League final. Not against defenders like Ferdinand and Vidic!
But he did it.
Xavi sent a ball into the box, and Messi was there to turn it into a goal.
Belletti scores in the final
In a team of Ronaldinho, Eto and Deco, Belletti was the unexpected player who scored the winner against Arsenal in the 2006 Champions League Final.
This was the most intense Barcelona’s Champions League final in the last 8 years. Arsenal took the lead, and Barcelona was in position to play against 10 man after Lehmann received a red card.
Messi mocked Nani with a simple move
The Champions League final is not a game where you can expect for players to dribble easily and frequently. They’re under a lot of pressure, and losing the ball because of failed dribbling attempt can be costly.
But Messi is a natural when it comes to dribbling. Nani was unfortunate enough to mark Messi in his prime, and to be a part of a video seen by 7 million people on YouTube.