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BBC pundits on the Champions League final

Chris Waddle
Chris Waddle
BBC Radio 5 Live co-commentator

"This was the biggest of big occasions and Barcelona rose to the challenge. Manchester United simply didn't.

"Barcelona were supposed to have a dodgy keeper and a dodgy back four - well, if that was a dodgy side I'd love to see them at their best because they were absolutely fantastic.

"After the first seven minutes, that was an absolute annihilation. A real good hiding.

"If there are a better pair of midfielders than Xavi and Andres Iniesta anywhere, I'd like to see them. They were absolutely brilliant and United couldn't get near them.

Samuel Eto'o and Xavi
Eto'o and Xavi parade the trophy after their Champions League victory

"I've not seen a team play like that for years and years and it is so good to see.

"The gulf between the two teams was huge. Barcelona are, without any shadow of a doubt, the best team in Europe.

"United were sloppy all night. They came into the match having all had 11 days off and they didn't look like a team at all. They'd have been better off to have kept playing in that time.

"There were poor performances across the park. Anderson didn't perform - he had a job to do on Xavi and failed. But what disappointed me was players like Wayne Rooney didn't get in the game. Dimitar Berbatov? No impact. Carlos Tevez? The same.

"Michael Carrick was miles off the pace all match and defensively they never looked comfortable. Nemanja Vidic was nowhere at times, Rio Ferdinand looked rusty and Edwin Van der Sar didn't look right.

"I'll give Cristiano Ronaldo credit, though, he really stuck at it - he just had no support at all.

"Barca are just a great, great side and this was without Dani Alves, without Eric Abidal, with Thierry Henry and Iniesta playing on one leg. They were absolutely streets ahead in every department."

Mark Lawrenson
Mark Lawrenson
BBC Sport's football expert

"United started the game at such a high tempo. Cristiano Ronaldo went close with a couple of efforts and Barcelona were all over the place, but out of nothing they got the goal and what a difference that made.

"We thought the physical side of United would be too much for Barcelona, but it was like football from the old days - they kept hold of the ball and their movement was absolutely fantastic.

"From the moment Samuel Eto'o scored, Barcelona were in complete control and it could easily have been 3-0 or 4-0.

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"United looked at times like they were a team of strangers, they couldn't string two passes together and they never really created anything.

"Conversely, Iniesta's use of the football was nothing short of magnificent - he never, ever gives it away.

"Barcelona, far and away, are the worthy champions of Europe."

Alan Green
Alan Green
BBC Radio 5 Live commentator

"My, how Barcelona deserved it. Yes, they were outplayed for the first eight or nine minutes, but this game is played over 90 minutes and the other 80-odd minutes were dominated by the Catalan side.

"They've been superb. This was a weakened team with three key defenders missing either because of injury or suspension, but did it show? Not a jot.

"The scoreline does not flatter Barcelona at all. Not one bit."

(Waddle, Lawrenson and Green were speaking on BBC Radio 5 Live)



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