September 23, 2017

Sir Alex Ferguson says Barcelona is “the best team I gave faced”

Cheer up Sir Alex there is always next year.

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson labelled the Lionel Messi inspired, Barcelona “the best team I have faced” after his side’s 3-1 defeat in the Champions League final today at Wembly Stadium.

The Spanish champions put on a stunning display of passing, movement and clinical finishing at Wembley to lift the European Cup for the fourth time.

Wayne Rooney equalised after Pedro scored, but goals from Lionel Messi and David Villa left United well beaten.

“Nobody’s given us a hiding like that but they deserve it,” Ferguson said.

“They play the right way and they enjoy their football. They do mesmerize you with their passing and we never really did control Messi. But many people have said that.

“In my time as manager, it’s the best team I’ve faced.”

Having already experienced defeat by Barcelona in a Champions League final – in Rome in 2009 – Ferguson was desperate not for history to repeat itself.

But his side were outplayed and outclassed, with Messi at the heart of everything good about Barcelona – and there was plenty that was good.

Barcelona’s victory was their second triumph in the Champions League in three years – and their third in five years.

Ferguson admitted that Barcelona would be difficult to beat so long as their star players Messi, Andres Iniesta and Xavi Hernandez remained in their ranks.

“I think that great teams do go in cycles, and I think the cycle they’re in at the moment makes them the best in Europe, there’s no question of that,” said the Scot.

“How long it lasts, whether they can replace that team at a certain point, who knows? But they certainly have the philosophy.

“It’s always difficult to say whether you’ll be able to replace players like Xavi and Iniesta at a certain point. Probably not. But they are enjoying the moment and they deserve to because they play football the right way.”