Champions League - Reaction - Rio: Goals preventable

Sat, 28 May 22:32:00 2011

Quotes after Barcelona cemented their status as the greatest team of the era by romping to a 3-1 victory over Manchester United in the Champions League final at Wembley.

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Rio Ferdinand: "At 1-1 we genuinely thought we could win the game. But we got hit with a bit of a sucker punch. A couple of their goals were preventable, but you've got to give credit when it's due. We had a gameplan today that we thought could beat them. Tonight, it just wasn't to be."

Nemanja Vidic: "When you come to the final, you want to win. We didn't win today, but we have to say tonight that Barcelona played some good football. They had more chances than we did. And they were better than us tonight."

Edwin van der Sar: "We made one or two mistakes, and they punish you. It was one game too many for us I think. It's not nice to lose of course but they had the better chances. I don't know if I could have prevented (Lionel) Messi's goal. I thought I was positioned well but I think (David) Villa was blocking my sight. Messi tends to curl it to the far post and he just clipped it around Villa. They are very good. We started well in the first 15 minutes, same as we did (against Barca in the 2009 final in) in Rome, and you just have to try and score the first goal but we didn't do thatIt's not always given that your career ends on a good note but I thank everybody for the memories and we'll see each other again."

Michael Owen: "The lads are gutted but we have no complaints. Barcelona are an exceptional team and are worthy champions. We still had a great season."

David Villa: "I dedicate the goal to my whole family, my wife, my daughters, and maybe especially to two nieces. Very happy with the goal."

Javier Mascherano: "I think it was a really good game played by Barcelona. We played the final like we played all season. We are very happy because we played the way we know."

Dani Alves: "Winning this Cup again is wonderful. Manchester United were very classy in defeat, they're an example."


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