Champions League final preview: consistency vs. karma
That said, they're up against the New Holy Trinity:
Even at 35,
United has a wealth of options --
The Israeli boss was derided and mocked, but he actually lost fewer games this season than
But Sir Alex is in a different category altogether. If United has successfully completed a Jekyll and Hyde act this year -- devastating attacking force in the Premier League, solid, tactically sound defensive stalwarts in the Champions League -- credit has to go to him, assistant
Chelsea got a huge psychological boost beating United (albeit, an under-strength United) earlier this month. More importantly, if the game turns into a cagey, defensive affair (as many predict) Chelsea is more of a threat on set-pieces and arguably has more individuals who can turn a game single-handedly.
1. Test van der Sar from distance, particularly through Lampard and Ballack.
2. Don't let Ronaldo run at defenders.
3. Exploit the size advantage on free kicks and corner kicks.
1. When not in possession, make sure the fullbacks get plenty of help.
2. Don't try to out-defend Chelsea -- make your advantage up front count.
3. Mix it up. If you just focus on keeping possession, you're playing into Chelsea's hands.