Man United are ready to exploit Barca’s weaknesses, says VidiÃ„”¡
Manchester United captain says Red Devils will not be distracted by the occasion of a Wembley final
Manchester United captain Nemanja VidiÃ„”¡ insists the Red Devils are fully focused on winning their fourth European trophy – and won’t be distracted by the occasion of a Wembley final.
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United lock horns with Barcelona in London on Saturday with both clubs having already been crowned champions of their domestic leagues.
VidiÃ„”¡, who is aiming to win his second Champions League crown at Old Trafford, has his sights set on leading his team to glory in the capital and is not interested the hype surrounding the fixture.
He said: “Yes, it’s nice to be the captain and to lead the team out in the final but it’s about going to Wembley and winning the trophy, it’s not about going there and just enjoying being there.”
The 29-year-old Serbia international also praised Pep Guardiola’s side for their attacking style of play, but is convinced that United will be able to cope with the Catalan giants’ strike-force.
“It is a challenge especially as they [Barcelona] play a system which is not usual,” he continued.
“They have [Lionel] Messi, Xavi [HernÃƒÂ¡ndez], [Andres] Iniesta, [David] Villa, Pedro – they are a very attacking side and you have to give them credit for the many goals they’ve scored in the league and the Champions League.
“They have very good players attacking-wise and obviously that’s one point you look at – the other is to find their weaknesses and try to exploit them.”
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Meanwhile, centre-half Chris Smalling is delighted to be part of the United squad for Saturday’s showdown.
And the 21-year-old defender, who joined United from Fulham last January, says Sir Alex Ferguson and his coaching staff have set out a clear set of tactics ahead of the clash.
“It has been a magical year so far and hopefully it will be a good finale come Wembley on Saturday,” said Smalling. “I don’t think there is any better way to finish the season.
“I’ve seen the manager win trophies over the years, but to finally be a part of it is brilliant.
“Everybody is really looking forward it. It being a big week we’ve had a lot of tactical meetings, but in training, in our little games, everyone is laughing and smiling.”
He added: “We have been analysing their games a lot over the last couple of weeks seeing how they play and weakeneses we can see.
“We’ve been lining up on field in the way that Barcelona play so that we are not shocked come Saturday.”