Barcelona 3 Manchester United 1, 2011 – Simon Kuper
On this week’s episode of Greatest Games, Simon Kuper joins Jonathan and Marcus to look back on the 2011 Champions League final between Barcelona and Manchester United.
Over the decade preceding this final, Barcelona’s fabled academy La Masia was quietly assembling the greatest generation of footballing talent to be produced at one time by a single club. It was in this final when that crop of talent – which included Xavi, Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta, Sergio Busquets and Gerard Pique along with the addition of extraordinary imports Dani Alves, Eric Abidal and David Villa – best applied their abilities to Barcelona’s Cruyffian tactics and decimated the Premier League champions on European football’s grandest stage.
Recorded on Tuesday 3 August, just ahead of the news regarding Lionel Messi’s departure from Barcelona.
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