tevezaholic wrote:yea and like when they won the league,they chanted that are u watching chant but along with that,they also had up tons of signs saying champions again and thats a fact...and stuff like that...they are referring to rafas speech about FACTS to SAF
Its that complete arrogance that let them down.
Before the game, Terry Venebles claimed Messi can only play on the right and cant score with his head. After the outcome however, he argued that the media should be blamed for making Manchester United look invincible and Barcelona, an easily beatable team with no defence.
He was also shocked to see Pep give Messi the "Cruyff role" in the middle and claimed that SAF and his defence never saw that coming.
At this point I am thinking........hasnt anyone seen the El clasico at Bernabeu?! Messi played that role in all of the 90 minutes. It wasnt even the first time he played there either.
SAF couldnt be that arrogant, well not enough to have no worry about observing these details. Even his tactics during the game were ironic. He just threw on all his strikers on the field, without realizing the main key is the midfield. They say, whoever controls the midfield, controls the game. Thats how Barcelona plays. Instead of reinforcing the midfield, he just created more space with his subs and that was too good for Xavi and Iniesta
In the end, the tactics of a meticulous rookie with an obsession for details triumphed over the nonchalant veteran.
Iniesta claimed the semi-final at the Bridge was the team's most difficult game of the campaign. I guess I gave a lot of undeserved flak to Hiddink and his negative (read: effective) tactics. At least he fully knew what he was doing.