Barcelona outclassed Manchester United in the 2011 Champions League final - and they did so after being given only one instruction by Pep Guardiola.
Goals from Pedro, Lionel Messi and David Villa gave Barca a 3-1 at Wembley Stadium as the Spanish side secured their fourth European title.
Barcelona had 16 shots compared to United’s three and were a class above Sir Alex Ferguson’s team.
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And Dani Alves has admitted Guardiola gave his players just one sole tactic.
“The only thing that he asked us to do was attack,” he told the Daily Mail. “It was the only way to beat such a strong opponent.”
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Barca swatted Manchester United aside with ease in that May evening. Wayne Rooney’s first-half goal was the Red Devils’ only shot on target throughout the 90 minutes.
Of course, attacking comes naturally to Alves. The right-back is a constant presence in Barcelona’s attacks and can be relied upon to produce his fair share of assists each season.
Alves wasn't allowed to get forward at Sevilla
Yet he wasn’t always given the freedom to get forward. The 32-year-old signed for Sevilla in 2003 and admitted how the manager at the time, Joaquin Caparros, didn’t allow him to enter the opponent’s half.
“I told him: ‘Why can’t I go past the halfway line? Football is defend-attack, attack-defend,” Alves recalled.
“He even changed my position until he realised that although I had offensive qualities I could do both things.”
Alves signed for Barcelona in 2008 and has since taken his total medal haul to 30. That includes five La Liga titles, four Copa del Rey cups and three Champions League winners medals.
The number could reach 33 when this season is said and done. Luis Enrique’s incredible team hold an eight-point lead atop La Liga following the 6-0 mauling of Getafe on Saturday.
They have already booked their place in the Copa del Rey final; Alves will meet his former employers Sevilla on May 22.
Alves will hope to be playing in the Champions League final in Milan six days later. Barcelona’s 2-0 win over Arsenal in the first leg of their last-16 tie means they have one foot in the quarter-finals, and nobody will be surprised if Lionel Messi and co. win the European trophy for a second successive year.
Although Guardiola might stand in their way. Bayern Munich only managed a draw in the first leg of their last-16 tie with Juventus but two away goals gives them a great advantage.
A Barcelona-Bayern contest would be enthralling. Guardiola would certainly need a few more tricks up his sleeve than simply telling his players to attack.
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