Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Thierry Henry ready to win the Champions League for the first time

French super star Thierry Henry believes he can fire the Blaugranas to an historic treble triumph in the Champions League final now he has rediscovered his love for football. As we know, the forward was criticised by fans and Spanish media for lacking the verve he showed at Arsenal following his June 2007 transfer from the Premier League club.

Despite the critics, Henry has been back to his best this season, scoring 25 goals to help Josep Guardiola’s team win the domestic League and Cup double.

A victory over Manchester United in Wednesday’s European Final game would give the Catalan club their first ever treble and confirm Henry’s place in the club’s hall of fame.

The popular "Titi" himself is just delighted to have finally become comfortable with his form in Catalonia.

“I think that I’ve definitely changed opinions about me this season. Now I feel the affection of the Nou Camp fans, compared to the really tough times with our home crowd on occasions last year,” he admitted.

"In fact, I like that people question me, I use that to motivate myself and try to prove them wrong. My opinion is that this is a club where, to triumph, you have to understand not only the fans but the club, the city and the fact that Catalonia is not Spain.

"I'm so eager to get the title and finally achieve the only crown i don't have in football. And it will be an honor to win it over one of the most powerful teams of all times, Manchester United" he concluded.

Apparently, Guardiola trust Henry's qualities and the Frenchman will be a starter in tomorrow's important game.

UEFA Champions League Referee: Massimo Busacca

In a very surprising statement, the main board of the UEFA announced that Massimo Busacca, from Switzerland, will performe as the referee for the Champions League final between Barcelona FC and Manchester United. According to the press in Switzerland, the quality of his work is flawless.

In fact, wednesday's final clash in Rome's Stadio Olimpico will be Busacca's second European club final, after the all-Spanish UEFA Cup title match between Sevilla and Espanyol in 2007.

We mus remember that he awarded visiting Manchester United a penalty for a handball after only three minutes of the first-leg match, though Cristiano Ronaldo shot wide. The match ended scoreless and the Red Devils won 1-0 at Old Trafford to reach the final, where they beat Chelsea.

The referee has officiated in 32 Champions League matches in his career, including United's 1-0 win at FC Porto to advance to the semifinals as one of six this season.

What's more, UEFA also appointed Busacca to referee the 2008 European Championship semifinal between Germany and Turkey.

It's interestin to notice that FIFA has selected Busacca on its list of referees for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. That means that in the end, he is a good decision.