Originally Posted by Nefilim777
Trust me mate, I know how good Barca are, I'm a long time fan. But Arsenal just sat back for the whole first half, it was poor. They should have attacked more.
Because Barcelona didn't allow them anything.
I was watching the game with a friend, who is a die-hard Arsenal fan and he had nothing to say. Arsenal did nothing. When you play openly, offensive soccer against a team like Barcelona it's like a suicide game.
All their players are extremely technical and fast. Xavi and Iniesta are amazing at midfield. So is Busquets. Barcelona'a passing game is out of this world: extremely fast and precise.
Then you have Pedro and Alves who are amazing wings.
And of ourse Messi....
Wenger tried to preserve the first-leg score fo as much as possible and hope for the best.
Barcelona just didn't let them play their game. They love to pressure their opponents in their own half, thus creating a lot of scoring opportunities.
Imo, the best way to stop Barcelona is to play a very destructive and physical soccer.