Sir Alex Ferguson stood in awe on the sideline as his team capitulated spectacularly on Saturday evening. "In my time as manager it's the best team we have ever faced," Fergie would say later on. "No one has ever given us a hiding like that."
Indeed, such wizardry on a football field was previously unheard of. Xavi controlled his team in magnificent fashion, acting like the axis on a wheel around which all revolves.
Lionel Messi. One runs out of adjectives to describe the class of the man. To say he was splendid on Saturday night would not do him justice. His scorching curler to give Barca the lead was a goal from heaven, and will stay in the memories of Barca fans for some time to come.