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Quarter-Final 3 - Epic Team Battle (Champions League Edition)

Liverpool 2004-2005 vs Barcelona 2010-2011

Champions League has given us some really epic moments. The miracle of Istanbul, United’s last-minute victory over Bayern, and also in this seasons where the major comebacks have been standing in line. But what is the most epic team since the start of Champions League? Tough to answer, because most teams have had their eras at different times. You can help us decide in this epic team battle where we’re putting 8 of the best Champions League teams against each other. Only criteria are this: the team needs to have won at least one Champions League title since the 92–93 season, so no European Cup’s is taking into consideration.

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Liverpool 2004-2005:

The Miracle of Istanbul. Some would probably call it an overstatement, but that’s also how I remember it. Down with 3–0 in halftime, Liverpool comes out guns blazing in the second half and scores 3 goals in 6 minutes, and who better to start the comeback than the captain, Steven Gerrard. After extra time and penalties, where Dudek got everyone’s attention, they lifted the trophy — truly amazing. Besides Gerrard, this Liverpool team also featured a very well structured Jamie Carragher in back, and the unsung hero of Milan Baros on top, a guy who definitely peaked this season and never got back on track. The coach of this a bit surprising Champions League winner was, of course, Rafael Benitez, a man on the rise in this point of his managing career.

Titles: Only the Champions League

Key Player: Steven Gerrard

Captain: Steven Gerrard

Manager: Rafael Benitez

Ideal lineup:

Barcelona 2010-2011:

With Pep Guardiola as manager, this team thrilled everyone with its tiki-taka loving style. No matter you’re personal preferences, if you like football, it was hard not to be amazed by the coherence and style of this team, and when you look at the lineup, it’s easy to see why. Of course, Lionel Messi on top, and as one of the best footballers of all times, he was the x-factor that impressed everyone, but equally important were Iniesta and Xavi at their prime. To top it off they had a solid defensive line build for possession, so much so that they were playing with a defensive midfielder (Mascherano) in central defense, because that’s how much possession they had. Truly amazing, even the Champions League final against Man Utd came out 63% vs 37% in favor of Barcelona.

Titles: La Liga, Champions League and Supercopa de España. They even made it to the final in Copa del Rey but lost to Real Madrid in extra time.

Key Player: Lionel Messi

Captain: Xavi

Manager: Pep Guardiola

Ideal Lineup:

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