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Champions League Final Underwhelms

It was by no means the prettiest of Champions League finals. And, in fact, it was another example of the overall decline of football during the past one to two years. Instead of the beautiful free-flowing football that we all adore, the match was played with a more defensive posture in mind.

Before the final of the Champions League, I had mentioned somewhere (might have been my podcast episode this week) that the CL final would be an interesting comparison to the World Cup final to see how the quality between the two differed. If anything, there wasn’t much difference really. The Italy versus France match was similar. The football uninspiring at times and the Italians the eventual victors.

The match between Milan and Liverpool, while by no means horrible, was punctuated by three moments of brilliance. No, they weren’t Inzaghi’s goals, but instead were three moves. Two of them were by Kaka and one by Xabi Alonso showing that a few moments of grace and art are more memorable than 89 minutes of tense, dour football.

If you saw the match, you’ll know what I mean.


About Christopher Harris

Founder and publisher of World Soccer Talk, Christopher Harris is the managing editor of the site. He has been interviewed by The New York Times, The Guardian and several other publications. Plus he has made appearances on NPR, BBC World, CBC, BBC Five Live, talkSPORT and beIN SPORT. Harris, who has lived in Florida since 1984, has supported Swansea City since 1979. He's also an expert on soccer in South Florida, and got engaged during half-time of a MLS game. Harris launched EPL Talk in 2005, which was rebranded as World Soccer Talk in 2013.
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