The Champions League competition is all about hunger. Wining the Champions League is a dream come true for every player.
But it’s not like you’re done with your career after you have a medal to show off. The Champions League is one of the most prestigious competitions in football (and in sports in general).
Winning the Champions League this season has no effect on your motivation to challenge the title holder for the next season.
That’s the beauty of the competition. The teams and the players are always motivated to be crowned as the world’s number one team.
That’s why teams like Chelsea and Man City spend millions of dollars to buy top notch players and try to challenge each other for the tittle.
That’s why Messi is getting better every year. He enjoys playing football, winning medals, and trying to stay on top every year by winning the Champions League.
Abidal on UCL final 2010/2011
The 2010/2011 Champions League final was all about Barcelona. They had to play Madrid before the final against Man Utd. They final score was 3-1, counting both matches, and Barcelona was on it’s way to the finals.
“The English players were angry, really furious, because we had turned Wembley into a huge rondo and there was nothing they could do about it.” – Abidal.
“They kept swearing, shouting everything under the sun. It was incredible. Some of my team-mates couldn’t understand them, but I could.” – Abidal.
“That’s enough, stop f**cking about. We’re dead. And there are still twenty-five minutes left!” – Abidal.
“Xavi, Iniesta, Messi, Busquets, Alves, who was practically a midfielder that day, kept going: pim-pam, pim-pam, pim-pam.” – Abidal.
There was nothing they could do about it indeed! Barcelona made history that day, both as UCL winners and probably the best team in football.
Even Ferguson was stunned by the dominant Barcelona, and Man Utd just couldn’t stop Messi, Iniesta, Xavi or Villa.
Xavi on Iniesta and the UCL final 2010/2011
“Iniesta was in a bad way as the CL final approached. It wasn’t like in Rome where he was injured, but he had these constant niggles and discomfort that just would not go away”
“There were two days to go until the final and I caught up with Andrés just as Luis came over to us..”
“How are you Andrés?’ Asked the coach. Iniesta was barely going at 2 mph in training. Which was logical enough as he was worried..”
“I said to Luis: ‘Andrés doesn’t even need to train. He has to play the final and that’s that.”
“I told him: ‘Don’t worry, Andrés, you don’t have to train.’ And I said to Luis: ‘Leave him be, he will be fine.'”
“You will see. He is going to be in great shape for the final.”
“If he was going at 2mph at Barcelona’s training, by the time he reached Berlin, Iniesta was flying.”
“Just look at the very first move… Madre mía.. One-nil up with four minutes gone and Iniesta had already made his mark…”