Champions League final preview: Barcelona - Manchester United
The Spanish champions will lock horns with the Premier League winners on Saturday at Wembley with European bragging rights on the line.
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||PROBABLE LINE UPS|
Valdes; Dani Alves, Mascherano, Pique, Puyol; Xavi, Busquets, Iniesta; Pedro, Messi, Villa
Barca coach Pep Guardiola will be without the services of the injured Gabriel Milito and substitute goalkeeper Jose Pinto, who is suspended. Carles Puyol could deputize at fullback, with Javier Mascherano employed in the center of defense.
Guardiola is expecting fireworks at Wembley and had nothing but praise for his opponents on Saturday, saying: "They are one of the best teams in the world, and not just this year. We are proud to be playing them. I think it will be a good final."
|Manchester United (4-4-1-1)
Van der Sar; Fabio, Vidic, Ferdinand, Evra; Valencia, Giggs, Carrick, Park; Rooney; Hernandez
Leading scorer Dimitar Berbatov will have to be content with a place on the bench while Michael Carrick will likely hold off Darren Fletcher for a berth in midfield. Fabio should receive the nod ahead of his twin brother at right back.
United manager Alex Ferguson is keen to win the CL trophy on English soil and warned his side will not be in awe of his opponents, saying: "It is not good tactics to go into how good Barcelona are and show trepidation or apprehension about it. I don’t think that is our way."
||DID YOU KNOW?|
- Barcelona has scored the most goals in this season's Champions League (27).
- The Catalans have faced Manchester United 10 times in European play. Barca's record against the English outfit is dead even with three wins, four draws and three losses.
- The Camp Nou giants have scored in their last 20 Champions League encounters. Rubin Kazan was the last team to shut them out back in November 2009.
- Lionel Messi is the CL's top scorer with 11 goals in the current campaign.
- Barcelona won the last European Cup final at Wembley in 1992 beating Sampdoria 1-0 in extra time.
- Xavi and Sergio Busquets are the only two players to complete more than 1000 passes in the 2010-11 CL.
- Manchester United is riding a 12-game unbeaten streak in this year's edition of the Champions League.
- Edwin Van der Sar will make his 99th overall appearance in the competition on Saturday.
- The Red Devils have conceded only four goals in the tournament.
- Alex Ferguson's side has reached its third CL final in the last four years.
- United succumbed to a 2-0 defeat against Barca in the 2009 final at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome.
- Manchester United's last loss in the CL came against Bayern Munich in March 2010.
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Top 3 Predictions
Barcelona 1-2 Manchester United
- 21.37 %
Barcelona 2-0 Manchester United
- 14.75 %
Barcelona 2-1 Manchester United
- 10.84 %
|Club Friendlies (FRC)||Aug 8, 2012||Manchester United 0 - Barcelona 0|
|Club Friendlies (FRC)||Jul 30, 2011||Barcelona 1 - Manchester United 2|
|UEFA Champions League (UCL)||May 28, 2011||Barcelona 3 - Manchester United 1|
|UEFA Champions League (UCL)||May 27, 2009||Barcelona 2 - Manchester United 0|
|Dec 17, 2013||Barcelona 3 - F.C. Cartagena 0||ESPC|
|Dec 14, 2013||Barcelona 2 - Villarreal 1||LIGA|
|Dec 11, 2013||Barcelona 6 - Celtic 1||UCL|
|Dec 6, 2013||F.C. Cartagena 1 - Barcelona 4||ESPC|
|Dec 1, 2013||Athletic Bilbao 1 - Barcelona 0||LIGA|
|8||Andrés Iniesta Luján||Midfielder|
|1||Edwin van der Sar||Goalkeeper|
|22||Fabio Da Silva||Defender|
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