FC Barcelona 3-1 Manchester United In 2011 CL Final

FC Barcelona 3-1 Manchester United 

The victory over Manchester United earned Barcelona manager, Pep Guardiola, his second Champions League trophy as a manager and his 10th trophy in his first three years as a coach.

"When I looked back I was not so impressed," he said. "We trained much more to play differently against United [this time]. We had many more chances. I wanted to win but the way we won is what I'm most proud of."Guardiola's had praise for Sir Alex Feguson, "I have even more admiration for Sir Alex Ferguson now because they have been in three Champions League finals in four years."

"My admiration is that any manager can be at the same club for 25 years. That would be impossible in Spain or Italy.

"I know people say, 'Pep Guardiola is good', but if I missed one year I'd be fired. It's different. You can have girls falling at your feet when you win. But that can change overnight. I find it hard to imagine one coach at a huge club for 25 years, building one team and then having to bring in new players and create new teams time and again. That is why my admiration is unbelievable because what he has done is so difficult."

Ferguson remarked, "If he's really considering that, he'll never have this experience again. That's for sure."

Opta who covers 30 different sports in around 70 countries state that:

• Barcelona have now won more league and European Cup doubles than any other team in history
• Since 2006-07, Manchester United have been restricted to just a single shot on target in only two Champions League games, both v Barcelona
• Five of the last six clubs to have lost a Champions League final have come from England
• Despite attempting a Champions League 2010/11 high of 148 passes (excluding crosses), Xavi managed the best success rate (95.3%) on the pitch
• Thanks to Barcelona's victory, Spain (13) have overtaken Italy (12) in terms of most Champions League/European Cup trophies
• Messi, Villa and Pedro have scored 98 goals for Barcelona this season, in all competitions
• More than half of Wayne Rooney's goals in the Champions League have come in the knockout stages (14/24, excluding qualifiers)


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