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Ferguson Criticizes Defense, Praises Barcelona Possession
ESPNsoccernet.com, May 28th, 2009 3:30PM

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Manchester United coach Alex Ferguson lamented his team's unusually slack defending against Barcelona: "In our best performances this season we have defended very well, but the defending was shoddy.

"The first goal didn't help. It gave them the opportunity to keep possession. We didn't plan to lose a goal early and we didn't deal with it well enough. That was the story. To lose a goal like that was a bad goal. It was a disappointing performance and some individuals will feel it themselves."

Ferguson also praised Barcelona's ability on the ball while criticizing his team's use of possession. "The simple reason [we lost] was possession," he said. "We didn't do anything with it. The disappointment was the use of the ball when we got possession. You have to wait minutes to get it back off them. Could be it was an off night. Could be it was a mountain too big to climb."

 

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