A week ago what was once inevitable is now unavoidable—Barcelona will face Manchester United in the UEFA Champions League final.
Let that sink in, then wipe the saliva off your keyboard.
It’s an absolutely fitting tie, considering Barcelona have been the overwhelming class of La Liga and Manchester United have been the superior side in the English Premiere League. The two best teams in the best two leagues in Europe. You couldn’t draw it up any better, right?
This should look familiar. A few of the faces have changed, the kits may look slightly different, Alex Ferguson’s face might be a bit redder and Pep Guardiola may even don a sharper suit. These two teams met in the Champions League final just two years ago, with Barcelona winning 2-0 in Rome behind goals from Samuel Eto'o and Lionel Messi.
This year’s final will be a tad bit closer to home on May 28 at historic Wembley Stadium, where a good portion of United’s English contingent have played games for the Three Lions where the stakes are just as high.
Will home-field advantage be a factor against a Barcelona side that most already consider the favourites? Probably not.
Why? Because Barcelona’s going to win.