The ref made football absolutely ridiculous. The amount of times Inter players, Sneijder, Milito, Lucio, Chivo etc. were waiting for a little contact or even not any contact to go down was disgraceful.
Fucking can't believe what he made football today. Barca couldn't press and make it difficult for Inter because ref was stopping and giving free kicks all the time.
That's rich: Barca are the primary team in the world that practices contact with feathers. The ref blowing at minimal contact should help the spanish team, not the italian. To say otherwise is absurd. So the ref played to spanish rules, not the european standard, which would have let much more contact go.
I find Barcelona thoroughly boring to watch, and I think that the " drogba" standards of contact that the spanish league have adopted absolutely serve this current version of Barca. It prevents any team in the league from playing physical football that most of the rest of the world plays, and certainly the football that Rafa's Valencia played. Under the current standards, Rafa would never have won La Liga.
I find them unwatchable, because they almost never get stretched in a meaningful contest. What's the point when they dominate so? I like the struggle of football. Barcelona are football without the Pain, and consequently I spent most the game hoping for Xavi to be kicked up in the air. Inter, for all their mourinho inspired bollocks, represent something closer to real football, certainly anything that English fans would recognise as football; dirty, ugly, sweaty, passionate, with occasional moments of light and brilliance. I know it's level 3 heresy, but for me "football" was the winner with Barca's exit. Now we might get a proper football match for a final instead of a procession of tiddly-winks toying with the opposition.
I also hope that the guardiola balloon has burst.......totally over-rated, as this train wreck of tactics should demonstrate to everyone. Taking Ibrahimovitch off? The only player who could physically stand up with the inter defense. Priceless. Jeez, it's even got me wanting the ladyboy to win La Liga.