Spanish legend backs Fergie to blunt Barca

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Schalke striker Raul believes Sir Alex Ferguson has what it takes to manage a side that can beat Barcelona.

The Spanish legend, who was on the wrong side of a 6-1 aggregate semi-final defeat to Manchester United, recognises that Barcelona are in imperious form at the moment, but does not believe there is a favourite for the Wembley showpiece.

“I don’t think there is a favourite. There is nothing I can tell the managers of United or Barcelona. They [Ferguson and Pep Guardiola] are both great coaches and at Manchester, in particular, Ferguson is a legend. He will know exactly what his players have to do to win and they will work on a plan," Raul told reporters.

“The two sides are both very well balanced and they will know each other very well, from playing each other in the final two years ago. They are both at the ultimate level."


After 16-years at the Bernabeu, the striker has plenty of experience playing against the Catalan club. However, his experience of playing against Manchester United over the last two weeks has left a mark, and Raul believes the Old Trafford outfit have more than a chance.

“Barcelona are playing very well – that is clear – but Manchester United have proved against us and in the past that they can compete with whatever team they face. It will be a great final to watch."

It's sure to be a classic, with Saturday, 28th May set to bring another great season to a close for European football.

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