There were times when he threaded passes and you could hear the gasps from the chelsea fans, but for fantastic last gasp sliding tackles by alex and terry they would have created clean opportunities. Then the time he burst through the middle and was synically hacked down, that happend twice and the ref ignored one. I honestly just think this is a typical over-reaction because he wasn't outstanding, which as soon as chelsea scored early i knew he wouldnt be. Cole man marked him and Cole does that job brilliantly. Then when messi did cut inside Malouda was slotting in at left back so that cole could follow him around. No denying that, and i'm not saying Messi was great, or even good i just think he was a threat in a simelar way to Ronaldo, things were not always going his way but he still looked dangerous. Like when he blazed a shot over after making space for himself or burst past cole a few times, cole actually didnt tackle him once, or maybe just once... Anyway Messi in his first uninjured year and his first as the number 10 has had a brilliant season. he's 21 and played to a fantastic level all year. He could play a blinder in the final or he could play like he did against Chelsea, we'll have to wait and see. I just think it's daft to even think about writing a player of his talent off already.