- Feb 16, 2019
Still, Barcelona's quality on the ball and midfield was immense, though in 2009 Barcelona they hadn't really reached their peak of fluency, passing precision, possession and control, they were a fantastic team, but still not an alien one. United 2009, in a better day than in the 2009 UCL final, and Liverpool 2019 would have a really good chance and the games would be close, they had the quality to hurt to Barcelona on the break and get out of the pressing. Barcelona 2010/2011 on the other hand would be on a whole other level of challenge. The 2009 UCL final should have been a more equal game.12 years ago, Barcelona were the pioneers of modern pressing. They changed the game completely. 12 years of tactical advances and people adopting the pressing system also means opposing teams have had more time to adapt to it.
SAF was bamboozled by Barcelona's pressing due to it s novelty and it still being an unknown quantity. He would have adapted given time, and would've gotten back on top