It’s the two teams that I think most would agree are the best in Europe – actual champions of their leagues with a game or games to spare, and I’ll be blogging it live tomorrow here at Fighting Talker.
Manchester United and Barcelona meet in the Champions League final; the last to be screened on the ESPN family of networks (at least for a little while). Fox takes over the production next year, using FSC, FX, FSE, and regional channels. So yes, this could be Tommy Smyth’s last onion bag-filled hurrah.
United finished the English Premier League season with 90 points, four better than runners-up Liverpool. United weren’t always at their best during the campaign, but strung together results at times in un-United fashion to earn the title. United allowed 24 goals for the season, tied with Chelsea for the stingiest defense; while scoring 68, level with Chelsea and Arsenal, 9 behind Liverpool.
Barcelona have rolled to the La Liga title with one game to play, sitting on 86 points – eight clear of Real Madrid. Barcelona have scored an astounding 104 goals in 37 games. But their 34 conceded are also a league low.
Hopefully, both teams come out hellbent on playing attacking football and we see a great game. I think that hope is what sparked many neutrals to root for this matchup in the final. Open games aren’t the usual course of action when a big trophy is on the line, but I’m hoping these two clubs will break the mold tomorrow.
If you are stuck at work or won’t be able to watch, or are watching and just want live opinion, stop back tomorrow at 2:30 p.m. Eastern and the live blog will be up and running.