Top 10 Champions League Final conclusions: Barcelona 3-1 Manchester United
1. Barcelona were just too good. Simple as that.
2. It turns out that getting Michael Owen to role play as David Villa in training and getting Nani to pretend to be Lionel Messi doesn’t really prepare you for the real thing.
3. Ryan Giggs’ lawyers have launched a cease and desist order to stop Xavi’s movement.
4. Wayne Rooney can at least take some personal pride that he made an impression when similar occasions have passed him by in the past. He scored a great goal too.
5. The likes of Michael Carrick and Ji-Sung Park have lulled doubters into becoming believers with their Premier League form over the last few months. Tonight was proof that they’re good, but not that good.
6. It was good to see a gracious Fergie. Although, having being so outplayed, it would have been difficult to take the hump.
7. Edwin Van Der Sar is probably signing on for pre-season training right now. That won’t be how he envisaged his last game, particularly Lionel Messi’s goal.
8. To paraphrase Sir Alex Ferguson “Javier Hernandez was born offside”.
9. You could see the weak points in Barcelona’s line-up, but United never even got close to being able to explore the possibility of exploiting them.
10. Great move for Eric Abidal to lift the trophy after his illness. He was one of the ‘weak points’ referred to in point 9 given his lack of match fitness, but Antonio Valencia never troubled him.