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Football Talk > Champions League preview - Barcelona v Manchester United - 27/05/09

Barcelona and Manchester United are hoping to put on a stylish spectacle when they meet in the Champions League final in Rome. The match has been dubbed "the dream final" by some, with two of Europe's most attacking teams facing each other at the Stadio Olimpico.

Cristiano Ronaldo provided Manchester United with a late injury scare ahead of the Champions League final when he required treatment during training. The Portuguese winger needed strapping on his ankle during Tuesday evening's training session at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome.

Ronaldo, who missed the start of the season after undergoing ankle surgery, is expected to be fit for tonight's final. The Portuguese winger is likely to start up front against Barcelona, with Wayne Rooney and Park Ji-sung expected to provide support from wide.

Nemanja Vidic was also photographed during the session holding his hamstring, but United have confirmed the Serbian is fit, while fellow defender Rio Ferdinand has also declared himself fit to start the final after not playing for three weeks due to a calf injury.

Barcelona had injury concerns of their own during their final training session after midfielder Sergi Busquets required treatment. Busquets is expected to start in a holding midfield role, with Barcelona's defensive problems - caused by the loss of Daniel Alves, Eric Abidal and Rafael Marquez - likely to lead to Yaya Toure dropping into the back-line.

Andres Iniesta and Thierry Henry did train on Tuesday evening after recent injury lay-offs and the duo are expected to start tonight.

The newly crowned champions of England and Spain, meet with United aiming to become the first team in 19 years to successfully defend the European Cup and the first in the Champions League era, and United have never lost a European Cup final!

This will be the 10th meeting between Barcelona and Manchester United in European competition. United have won three times, Barcelona have won twice and there have been four draws. The two clubs have previously played each other in a European final, Manchester United emerging 2-1 winners of the 1991 Cup Winners' Cup final.

Ferguson can become only the second person ever, after Bob Paisley, to win the European Cup three times as head coach. He can also equal Giovanni Trapattoni's record of five European trophies as head coach. Guardiola, meanwhile, is the eighth person to reach the European Cup final in his first ever season as a head coach.



DukeZ said:

4-2 united.

May 27, 2009 5:14 PM

gregb11 said:

haha dont u feel stupid now!

May 28, 2009 12:46 AM

A_Di_Natale said:


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