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Barcelona will certainly be the favourite to win, but Sir Alex Ferguson insists his Manchester United team will not be overawed when they meet in the Champions League final.
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson believes his side has no reason to fear Barcelona. AFP photo
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We have no fear, says Ferguson
It is going to be Manchester United against Barcelona in the Champions League final at Wembley stadium in England.
Barcelona will certainly be the favourite to win – some commentators say it is the greatest club side ever – but Manchester United’s veteran manager Sir Alex Ferguson insists his team will not be overawed when they meet in the final.
‘‘I don’t think we should be going to Wembley lacking in confidence,’’ Ferguson said.
‘‘I think Barcelona’s form has been very good this season. We’re playing a fantastic team. But we can’t be frightened out of our skins because of that.
‘‘Their form is there for everyone to see. You have to admire the way Barcelona play, they play with great style, they’ve got fantastic players. But we’ve got a job to do and we’ll find a solution.’’
The two sides met in the 2009 final with Barcelona winning easily, but Ferguson says he does not see this year’s final as an opportunity to gain revenge.
‘‘Revenge doesn’t come into it,’’ Ferguson said. ‘‘What does come into it is that this is another opportunity for Manchester United to win a European trophy.
Nevertheless Ferguson admitted that he had been anxious for United to avoid Barcelona throughout this season’s Champions League and revealed he would have been happy to be playing another club in the final.
Ferguson also admitted he would seek advice from Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho as he attempts to plot Barca’s downfall.
‘‘I speak to him quite a lot and I spoke to him last week. Real Madrid are a different team from us. I think we will depend on our own knowledge of Barcelona — it’s not as if we’ve never seen them before,’’ Ferguson said.
‘‘But the experience that Real Madrid have and from Jose’s angle — you always take information from that because he’s very helpful that way.’’
Adapted from an AFP story in today’s Bangkok Post.
favourite – a person or team who is expected to win a competition ผู้แข่งขันที่มีหวังชนะมากที่สุด
commentator – someone whose job is to write about a particular subject or discuss it on television or radio ผู้วิจารณ์,ผู้ออกความเห็น, ผู้บรรยายข่าว
side – team; one of the two or more people or groups taking part in a competition, argument, war, etc ทีม, ฝ่าย, พรรค
veteran – a person who has a lot of experience in a particular area or activity ผู้อาวุโส
insist – to keep saying very firmly that something is true ยืนกราน ยืนยัน
overawe – to impress somebody so much that they feel nervous or frightened (Notice that passive voice is used in the story, meaning nervous or frightened) ทำให้กลัว,ขู่ขวัญ
lack – to not have enough of something ขาด
confidence – the quality of being certain of your abilities ความมั่นใจ
form – how well somebody/something is performing; the fact that somebody/something is performing well ระดับความสามารถ, ฝีมือ, ความเก่ง
fantastic – extremely good เยี่ยมยอด, วิเศษ
admire – to respect somebody for what they are or for what they have done ชมเชย,ยกย่องสรรเสริญ
solution – a way of solving a problem or dealing with a difficult situation วิธีแก้ปัญหา
opportunity – a chance to do something, or a situation in which it is easy for you to do something โอกาส
revenge – something that you do to hurt or punish someone because they have hurt you or someone else การแก้แค้น
trophy – a large silver cup or similar object given as a prize to the winner of a competition ถ้วยรางวัล
nevertheless – despite what has just been said or referred to แต่อย่างไรก็ตาม
admit – to agree that something is true, especially when you are unhappy, sorry or surprised about it ยอมรับ
anxious – wanting something very much กระตือรือร้น, กระสับกระส่าย, ร้อนใจ
avoid – to try to prevent something from happening หลีกเลี่ยง
reveal – to let something become known เปิดเผย
advice – an opinion or a suggestion about what somebody should do in a particular situation คำแนะนำ
plot – to make a plan for achieving something แผนการ
downfall – a sudden loss of power, status, or success ความตกต่ำ,การตกลงมาอย่างแรงหรืออย่างกะทันหัน
angle – point of view; perspective; a particular way of considering or understanding something ทัศนคติ