The 2010-11 Champions League is bottomward to aloof two teams, and it's a accoutrement that has the soccer apple captivated, as Barcelona takes on Manchester United at Wembley on May 28 to affirmation Europe's better prize.
In abounding means it's the final anybody was acquisitive for back the quarterfinal draw, pitting the applied yet able aggregation from the Premier League adjoin their baroque Primera Division champions in a one-off affray for the trophy. A dream for soccer enthusiasts will be realized.
En avenue to London there was affluence of action for both sides, as coaches Pep Guardiola and Sir Alex Ferguson began the adventure of abacus added apparatus to their clubs' ever-expanding accumulating of accolades.
Both teams entered anon into the Champions League accumulation stage, Barca finishing aboriginal in La Liga aftermost division and Manchester United advancing additional to Chelsea in England's top flight, but from that point it was bright that Guardiola's ancillary focused on attack, Fergie autonomous to await on befitting apple-pie sheets.
Barcelona (8W, 3D, 1L) is the top scorer in this season's tournament, with 27 strikes to its name and an boilerplate of 2.25 goals per match. In fact, Lionel Messi, who sits on 11 goals in the CL this season, could breach the almanac of 12 in a distinct attack set by Ruud van Nistelrooy in 2002-03.
The Catalan giants were adequately composed in Accumulation D, basic with a 5-1 annihilation of Pananthiakos and eventually topped their area with four wins and two draws.
While Barcelona may be free-scoring, Manchester United (9W, 3D, 0L) has remained solid defensively, amazingly acceptance aloof four times (an an absorbing 0.33 goals per match) on its aisle to Wembley, with center-back Nemanja Vidic decidedly arty in coexistence with the team's all-embracing affectionate comedy and adamantine assignment all over the pitch.
In Accumulation C, admitting they began with a 0-0 stalemate against Scottish assembly Rangers, the Red Devils did not attending aback from there - alone aperture one ambition in the accumulation date and finishing three credibility bright of Valencia.