While we were not at our best, we still created several excellent goal-scoring opportunities which we wasted. Alves, Pique, Suarez (2 or 3 excellent chances) Messi (twice) Neymar could all have put the game to bed long before it finally did happen. Juventus on the other hand, only had a few long-range efforts (of which only one was a really good one, with Tevez) outside their very nice goal.
We were head and shoulders the better team and deservedly won. The ref also allowed Juventus to stay in the contest by sparing them several yellow cards, and I do mean several. It is funny that the exact same thing happened in our previous two finals in which United were spared red cards (Ronaldo, Scholes could both have easily been red-carded in Rome, while Valencia did enough nasty fouls on Messi for at least 4 to 5 yellow cards at Wembley) Same thing has occurred in other CL games for us (Arsenal 2011, City last season, Real Madrid second leg in 2011)
It's as if the refs allow a certain handicap for our opponents in the CL most of the times, yet people only remember the calls that went for us. Sheer jealousy in my opinion.
@StarLord That's exactly why the rules need to change. Referees are terrified to send players off in a Final. You could see that Vidal was virtually daring the referee to send him off in the CL Final, with a succession of outrageous fouls.
Time to bring in sin-bins for constant offenders. That way the officials can come-down on persistent, tactical and "amber" fouls without fear of rebuttal.
Referees shouldn't be afraid and just send them off. All these new rules are useless, same with the freekick spray. See the wall moving? Yellow card. Moves again? Send him off.
Only thing that would benefit the game is camera footage, but what Vidal did was just a red card. No need to invent new systems just because referees are afraid to follow the rules.
ESPN is showing 2011 UCL Final, damn, I'm divided between which team is better, that or the current. Messi was godlike in that final.
Apparently UEFA might penalize us because some of our fans were showing and waving the Catalan independence flags (the Estelada) at the CL final in Berlin. If we are found guilty, they might fine us for under 60000 euros and more importantly, they might force us to close a section of the Camp Nou during one of next season's CL group games.
Then the players who wore the flag during the celebration should be fined too.
Anyways, I don't get it.
The supporters weren't roudy, racist or cause any trouble. They should focus on that.
I am kind of OK with FIFA or UEFA or any football governing body fining a club for allowing their fans to have any type of behavior that is not allowed at their home ground, after all you can argue each club has ways and means to warn their fans and control what is being allowed to carry into the stadium etc.
But this was the CL final in Berlin, in a third-party venue, how were we supposed to control anything??? Ridiculous.
And who can definitely say who is a Barca fan? Next time I dress up as a Real Madrid fan and hold a banner of political nature or scream obscenities to insult someone, Real Madrid will get fined and penalized? Nice.
Last edited by Luftstalag14; 30th June 2015 at 09:19 PM.
The Internet is full of tribute videos with some version of the title "Messi doesn't dive" a trait rare in a sport where players roll around on the ground like gunshot victims when an opponent so much as breathes on them.
Theories abound about why Messi won't fall, about his character or his respect for the game, but I think it's much simpler. If he dives, he loses the ball.
Today is exactly 1 year ago since Barca won their 5th Champions League title.