Rio Ferdinand recalls Barcelona “abuse” that “made him feel like a Conference player”

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Rio Ferdinand has revealed that Sergio Busquets mocked him during the 2011 Champions League final as Barcelona tore Manchester United to shreds in a 3-1 win for Pep Guardiola's side.

Barcelona captured their second Champions League title in three years by defeating Sir Alex Ferguson's side at Wembley.

United had no answer for Guardiola's Tiki-Taka football, and were often left chasing shadows as Barca passed the ball around them, something Busquets seemed to take great pleasure in.

Speaking during the BBC's coverage of Spain's Euro 2020 semi-final against Italy, Ferdinand revealed he was on the receiving end of some light-hearted ribbing from Busquets during the game.

He explained: "We were here at Wembley in the final and we actually got abused that game by Barcelona, they were brilliant.

"Your confidence is low anyway, you are trying to get the ball back off him.

Barcelona beat Manchester United 3-1 in the 2011 Champions League final

"He turned and said to me “Ferdinand, Vidic, boom boom boom” [referring to the two centre-backs playing long balls all the time], honestly I felt like a conference player."

He went on to claim he loves watching Busquets, and praised his game against Italy, saying: "He has bossed this game and he's a fabulous player to watch."

Busquets put in a stellar performance against Italy, but was unable to help his side progress to Sunday's final.

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Spain dominated possession for large stretches of the game, with Busquets playing alongside young Barcelona team-mate Pedri in the middle of the park.

And the veteran captain's performance left Alan Shearer in awe of his ability on the ball.

Speaking after the conclusion of normal time, Shearer heaped praise on the way Busquets controlled the game from the middle of midfield.

Barcelona dominated the game against Manchester United and won 3-1
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He said: "They are dominating possession. I mean, Busquets is ridiculously good in midfield.

"He has a way of controlling the midfield, he has a radar going on around him, who is around him and knowing what pass to play."

Italy will now face either England or Denmark in Sunday's final, while Spain will return home after a disappointing end to their tournament.

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Speaking after the game, Busquets couldn't hide his disappointment at failing to take advantage of his side's dominance.

He said: "A pity, we wanted the tournament to not end today, but that's how football is.

"The team has been very good, we have been better in almost every moment of the game.

"We have taken pride, and it is the pride I feel for my teammates."

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