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Here’s a reminder from us at Two Liverpool Fans that we have indeed moved to a new website address.

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Chelsea and Barca told to ‘Shut The F*** Up’


UEFA Champions League title holders Barcelona and Premiership side Chelsea were told to ‘shut the f***’ up by Arsenal striker Robin Van Persie as the Dutchman launched an incredible tirade against Spain and Chelsea players, telling them to stop ‘bitching’ at officials and get on with playing football.

Van Persie claimed that he couldn’t understand the behaviour of players who constantly put the referee under pressure by persuading them to make a yellow card on their opponents  following Barcelona’s actions in the UEFA Champions League last-16 clash with the Gunners. However, he has now extended his ire towards the world champions and also London rivals Chelsea.

They (Barcelona players) always go up to referees in an attempt to get an opponent booked. They are trying to screw colleagues! That kind of behaviour really annoys me.

People who are watching the game on television and fans really do not want to see these kind of things. If you want to witness a lot of complaints, you should just go the bakery or something. There’s always people nagging there as well.

Chelsea players are always bitching against the referees. I really cannot understand that. Just shut the f*** up and focus on playing football.

Van Persie on Sport 1

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Has Guardiola (already) Surpassed Ferguson?


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Aged 40, and already Pep Guardiola has amassed the equivalent of what Ferguson has achieved over the past few decades, has he already surpassed Ferguson as the best manager out there?

What’s more intriguing about the facts is that Guardiola has already won 2 Champions League titles, in just a short span of 3 years. Comparing that stat with perhaps the most celebrated managers of all time, Sir Alex Ferguson, whom has been working has a manager since 1974, although that would be perhaps an unfair judgement, so I’ll instead use the date of which he was appointed manager of the Red Devils: 1986.

But although Ferguson has managed to forge a dynasty at Manchester United, it still seems a bit surprising that he hasn’t managed to get more than 2 Champions league trophies. Yes, he took a team whom weren’t exactly ‘winning material’ and turned them into a International brand whom have won trophies aplenty, but still, he’s been around for quite a long time now, it surprises me still that he has only collected 2 CL trophies.

On the other hand, in Guardiola’s short Spanish adventure,he has earned 2 in a very time with the Catalan giants. Fair to say, Guardiola did have a wonderful squad with a lot of money at his disposal to work with, but it still has to be said that he has done a lot to improve the squad and keep morale in the Camp Nou going high.

What he also did was go one further than recent managers by taking their football to a new level, with him revolutionizing the way Barca play. The movement, the passing just proves how much he has worked to improve the team. And the second fact is, he hasn’t exactly been losing (much) money for Barcelona in the transfer market. After all, they brought in Villa and they shipped out Ibrahimovic and he made a few small deals.

Similarly to how Ferguson brought out the best in Giggs, Scholes, the Nevilles, and Beckham around 2 decades ago, Guardiola has brought up the likes of Pedro and Sergio Busquets, who have in fact made such a big impact that they are now on the bench for the Spanish side, a side that is most certainly not easy to get into.

Another thing about Guardiola is that he doesn’t seem to like long-term projects. I am personally wondering why he doesn’t want to commit to Barcelona for a longer period of time. The best team in the world, no argument, and a brilliant academy to work with. No doubt about the talent, I don’t get why he would want to leave such a wonderful job.

Bottom line is: Ferguson did a fantastic job in creating a dynasty by starting off with youngsters in the first place, but the products of the academy at Manchester United haven’t exactly been too brilliant with an exception to the twin talents in Rafael and Fabio da Silva, there hasn’t been much to offer in terms of first team players from the academy of Manchester.

Guardiola indeed is a good manager, but he certainly needs to test his credentials with a smaller squad. The team he inherited at Barcelona was brilliant, to say the least, so it will be interesting to see how he will actually fare with a smaller team, a team like, let’s say Lyon. That might be the way to go.

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Guardiola Likely To Stay


Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola said that he is likely to stay up at the Camp Nou after seeing his side magnificently see off Manchester United in the UEFA Champions League final at Wembley, thanks to goals from Pedro, Lionel Messi and David Villa.

Despite being overwhelmed by rumours before the game that Guardiola could be parting company with the Catalans, the 40-year-old insisted that he will still be the Barcelona manager after the match.

When questioned whether he will still remain at Barcelona, Guardiola told Sky Sports :

I have one year of the contract, yes.

The Barcelona manager believed his Catalan sensations had put in one of their greatest performances to clinch the prestigious UEFA Champions League title for the second time in three years.

It is one of the best performances because sometimes you make for performances in important games but not important games like this one.

So we are so happy to win, of course, but we are so, so happy to show to the world our way to play, to keep the ball, to try to attack in front of absolutely one of the best teams of the world

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Vidic, Fergie Hail The Best


Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson and captain Nemanja Vidic both gave their praising words to champions Barcelona after being upstaged by the Catalan sensations in the UEFA Champions League final match at Wembley.

Sir Alex Ferguson admitted that his opponents Barcelona were the best side he had ever faced in 25 years as Manchester United manager after his dreams of a third Champions League triumph were wrecked by Pep Guardiola’s men.

In my time as a manager it is the best team we have faced. I think everyone acknowledges that. I accept that. It’s not easy when you have been well beaten like that to think any other way.

No one has given us a hiding like that. It’s a great moment for them. They deserve it because they play the right way and they enjoy their football.

They mesmerise you with their passing and we never really controlled Messi. When we got the lifeline of Wayne Rooney I expected us to do better in the second half but it wasn’t to be.

Sir Alex Ferguson

Meanwhile, Red Devils captain Nemanja Vidic admitted that Barcelona were simply the better team throughout the thrilling finale and claimed that they were nothing else than deserving champions.

Pedro, Lionel Messi and David Villa grabbed the crucial goals for Barcelona, with Wayne Rooney scoring for the English champions in the first half to cancel out Pedro opening goal and Vidic praised the performance of the Catalan masters.

I think if you look at it we have never played a team in the past like Barcelona, they played good football and deserved to win.

We tried to press high and in some parts of the game we did well. The goals we lost, we didn’t do what we have to do to close their players down. When they have time on the ball they can make the final pass and that is what they did.

Nemanja Vidic

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Player Ratings: Barcelona 3-1 Manchester United, How Barca got on


As Barcelona went on to seal their 4th Champions League victory in their history, Manchester United could only sit and watch them do it. So here are the player ratings

Victor Valdes

Well, he did more than Van der Sar, that’s for certain. Charged off the line to make superb and acrobatic punches on two different occasions, both being successful. Much has to be said for his positioning in the build up of Wayne Rooney’s goal though, he was standing way too far to the left of the goalpost. But otherwise a decent performance.

Player Rating: 7

Daniel Alves

Way very quiet in the first half, as Manchester United dominated the game for long spells. But he burst to life in the second half, with bursting runs down the right flank. Almost got the better of the Red Devil’s defence on several occasions. A pretty good day for the Brazilian.

Player Rating: 7

Javier Mascherano

Looked very shaky during the first 10 minutes at Wembley. But he managed to find his rhythm and he justified why he was really in the First XI alongside Pique. Although it has to be said that Barcelona’s dominance meant really that he didn’t have much to do.

Player Rating:7

Gerard Pique

A very solid performance by the former Manchester United man, and as the more senior of the centerbacks, it was important that he did. He kept Manchester United at bay for the first 10 minutes almost single-handedly really.

Player Rating:8

Eric Abidal

The Frenchman needed a few minutes to find his rhythm and after that, he hardly put a foot wrong, with his dribbling getting the better of Hernandez on several occasions and his passing intact. A good return from injury for the left back.

Player Rating 7

Sergio Busquets

Tossed away his reputation as a play-actor by helping Barcelona dominate in midfield.Perhaps redeemed himself after that rather boring performance against Real Madrid where he was flying all over the place.

Player Rating: 8.

Xavi Hernandez

He was certainly surprised but what went on in the opening 10 minutes, however he began to get the rhythm of the game like only he knows how. Amazing vision to pick out Pedro for the opening goal.

Player Rating 8

Andres Iniesta

A rather quiet night for Barcelona’s playmaker as the normally big-game player in Iniesta was the most quiet of the midfield trio, without that much to offer, but when he had the ball, he was still dangerous

Player Rating: 7

Lionel Messi

What can we say? Complete mastery of football, and simply dribbling (several) rounds around the Manchester United defence. Scored his first goal on English soil in over 600 minutes. And he’s marching on to join the likes of Pele and Maradona (if he not already is on par with them)

Player Rating: 9

Pedro Rodriguez

Ice-cool finish to send Van de Sar the wrong way and brilliant movement and link-up play to keep Manchester United busy throughout the course of the match.

Player Rating: 8

David Villa

Prior to his goal, he was fairly anonymous, didn’t see the ball too often, but great running at the defence. His goal was absolutely stunning, the ball roll, the dink, the finish. Now that’s how you score a goal.

Player Rating: 8

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