'United can beat Barca'

2011-05-05 19:56

Rome - Manchester United are capable of beating Barcelona to win the Champions League, according to Inter Milan captain Javier Zanetti.

The Argentine lifted the trophy last season after his side, under Jose Mourinho, dethroned the then reigning champions Barca in the semi-finals.

Barcelona beat United in the 2009 final in Rome, thus deposing the English champions who had beaten Chelsea in Moscow the year before.

"I think the Manchester side of this year could take revenge for the Champions Legaue final lost in Rome," he told reporters.

"But it's not an easy task given that Barcelona are certainly the team that plays the best football in the world."

Turning his attentions to his own team, Zanetti insisted this season has not been a complete write-off.

Last year Inter won an unprecedented treble in Italian football but their Champions League defence came to and at the quarter-final stage in a humiliating 7-3 aggregate defeat to Schalke 04, themselves thrashed 6-1 by United in the semis.

And Inter's fierce city rivals AC Milan only need one more point from their final three games to wrestle the Serie A title from the nerazzurri's grasp.

It leaves only the Italian Cup left for Inter but Zanetti says even failing to win that wouldn't be a disaster.

"Even without this trophy, which has become more improtant over the last few years, our season wouldn't be a complete write-off," he said.

"I'm happy to remember that we're world champions and we won the Italian Super Cup.

"But in any case we'll do the impossible to reach the final and then to win it.

"Not least because it would have a special taste as it would allow us to play for the 2011 Supercup in a derby against Milan."

Inter lead Roma 1-0 from their semi-final first leg and play the second leg at the San Siro next week.


  • Lennox - 2011-05-05 20:22

    Its reverse phsycology the Argentine way, Zanetti's two compatriots, Messi & Macherano both play for Barca and have requested him to "talk up" MU, when there is no ways they can beat virtually the same team that won the World Cup last year for Spain......Xavi/Iniesta/Busquets/Puyol/Villa/Pique/Pedro.

      GreatWhiteBear - 2011-05-06 09:08

      That's seven players there lennox. and we all know that villa misses goal with as much frequency as malema lands himself in hot water. That's quite a feat you know. and as for pedro and sergio, please!!

      Vernon - 2011-05-06 14:47

      One man is going to Messi-ed up,a nightmare coming up ,this has been written.

  • PeterParker - 2011-05-05 21:35

    yeah right

  • Tombstone - 2011-05-06 14:01

    Man U cannot win end of story - this is a crap side compared to 2009 .

      The Pro - 2011-05-06 16:54

      You would know this why? This so called crap team is in the May 28 Final at Wembley you chop and actually have a realistic chance of winning this cup and the League. For a whole year they were written off as scratchy and the best of a bad buch however the terrier attitude has seen them 3 points ahead with 3 to play and a 50% chance of a fourtg Chanmpions League.......... United to do the double - Scholes to bow out in Style and a third Champions League winners medal and Giggs to soldier on. GGMU!!!!

      Morgan1505 - 2011-05-10 15:12

      Man.U are actually the only team in europe that could beat these cheating diver's who call themself's footballer's. messi is nothing without xavi & ineista. the world cup showed us that. are you telling me that messi will be able to out play rooney who will consistently mark him. messi has shown that he can create with ineista's & xavi's help. valencia & nani's speed will leave alves frustrated the whole night. SAF has way more experince than pep. that will count for something now. 28th may UTD will lift title 4 in europe

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