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Eric Abidal Reveals Manchester United Players' Insane Reaction During the Champions League Final Loss to Barcelona

Mudeet Arora
Eric Abidal has revealed how Manchester United players felt on losing to Barcelona in the Champions League final in 2011
Eric Abidal has revealed how Manchester United players felt on losing to Barcelona in the Champions League final in 2011 / LLUIS GENE/Getty Images
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Former Barcelona defender Eric Abidal has revealed Manchester United players' furious reaction to losing the 2011 Champions League final at Wembley.

It was the second time in three years that Barcelona had pipped United in the Champions League final but that is not what angered the Red Devils, it was rather the way in which Barcelona effortlessly control the game towards it's end.

Abidal started at left-back in that final which saw Barca take the lead through Pedro, then Wayne Rooney equalise with a superb shot. However, Lionel Messi and David Villa ensured Barcelona claimed the Champions League crown on the night.

"The thing I remember most about that final is the last half an hour," Abidal told Manchester Evening News.

He added, "The English players were angry, really furious, because we had turned Wembley into a huge rondo and there was nothing they could do about it. They kept swearing, shouting everything under the sun. It was incredible. Some of my teammates couldn't understand them but I could."

Abidal went on to explain what he could hear as he concluded, "That's enough, stop f***ing about. We're dead." And there are still 25 minutes left. Xavi, Iniesta, Messi, Busquets, Alves, who was practically a midfielder that day, kept going."

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