Pep Guardiola has hailed nine players from the Manchester United side who lost the 2009 Champions League final to his treble-winning Barcelona team
At Rome’s Stadio Olimpico, Guardiola’s outfit defeated Sir Alex Ferguson’s team 2-0 with Samuel Eto’o and Lionel Messi scoring in either half.
Man United were defending champions having edged past Chelsea the previous year in Moscow on penalties, but could not cope with a rampant Barcelona.
The United side a decade ago fielded the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Paul Scholes, with Guardiola recalling that line-up as ‘incredible’.
“That Manchester United was outrageous, it was outstanding,” Guardiola told BT Sport’s What I Wore.
“So you know Cristiano Ronaldo, [Carlos] Tevez, [Dimitar] Berbatov, [Paul] Scholes, [Michael] Carrick, [Ryan] Giggs, [Rio] Ferdinand, [Nemanja] Vidic, [Edwin] Van der Sar. It was an incredible team.
“We had three injuries in the starting XI.
“But we were full of confidence, we’d won the league and the cup and we did it.”
Guardiola also admitted his side were ‘lucky’ to get past ‘tough’ Chelsea in the semi-finals, as they relied on an injury time goal from Andres Iniesta to send them through to the final on the away goals rule.
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The clash at Stamford Bridge is infamous in football history due to the refereeing performance by Tom Henning Ovrebo, who made a number of controversial decisions on the night such as turning down FOUR Chelsea penalty appeals.
Beating Man United in Rome secured Guardiola his first European success as a manager, and he would go on to face the Red Devils in the Champions League final a second time two years later.
His stunning Barcelona team once again emerged victorious on that occasion, earning a 3-1 win at Wembley.
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