“Oh ma goodness,” you must be thinking. Has Kari pulled a fast one and secretly uploaded the 2009 CL final for your viewing pleasure? Oh, no. You overestimate me, my good reader. I’m far too lazy to do that much work.
I’ve only provided links (since I cannot embed) to that final, in English (from Sky Sports) and in fantastic quality. You may all thank Siralicdaman for graciously uploading not only the full game, but HT “analysis” and post-match celebrations.
No, I’m not pulling your leg, or giving you fake links that will lead to viruses, or anything crappy like that. It’s the real deal. You don’t have to download it; it’s right there for you to watch.
The Purpose Of Watching This If You Are A Cule:
It’s always good to refresh your memory. Sometimes, in all the hyperbole that comes with football, how a team actually performed in a match is vastly over/underrated. We’ve heard of the’ passing carousel’. We’ve heard of great performances from our players, Xaviniesta’s performance, in particular, garnered a lot of attention. We can finally revist the game and look at it two years later. How are we different tactically? Were Man Utd really better than us in the first half like Pep is trying to get us to believe? How beastly was The Yaya? Can you find Xavi calling Thong Boy a….Okay, my questions are getting a little off topic, but you get the point. It’s a good comparison.
If you’re a new cule and haven’t watched that match everyone is talking about gosh I want to see it, now is your chance.
Barca Starting XL:
Puyol – Pique – The Yaya – Sylvinho
Xavi – Busi – Iniesta
Messi – Eto’o – Henry
The Purpose Of WatchingThis If You Are A Manchurian:
I’m not saying this to take the p*ss, or whatever British expression (I’d say euphemism, but you and I both know that’s not true) is used for mocking another team. Watching the game again gives you a refresher as well, and a good way to compare the Man Utd then and the Man Utd now. Useful for figuring out what tactics to use and, according to our interviewee Corey from the previous post, Fergie knows how to beat us using a lineup similar to the one he used in this final (minus Thong Boy and Tevez of course). Also sets the mood, no?
Man Utd Starting XL:
Van der Sar
Evra – Vidic – Ferdinand – O’Shea
Anderson – Carrick – Giggs
Park – Thong Boy – Rooney
Okay, I won’t bore you any longer. Getting the good stuff (I’m sure 99% of you didn’t read the blabber above anyway):
Pre-Match Build Up
Half-time Analysis (take it with a boat load of salt, Manchurians and cules, it’s Sky Sports after all):
Celebrations + FT Analysis:
There is no doubt both managers will be playing this match again, for whatever reason, and now you can too! Enjoy!