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Gladiator behind Barca's Champions League win

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Last Updated: May 30, 2009, 13:04 IST

<i>Gladiator</i> behind Barca's Champions League win

Pep Guardiola made a film about club's best moments and Gladiator.

New Delhi: Russell Crowe's Gladiator combined with the best action from the season inspired Barcelona to victory in Rome.

Pep Guardiola used a film of Barcelona’s best moments of the season mixed with some inspirational moments from the film Gladiator to fire-up his side before the Champions League final.

The Blaugrana boss asked a friend to make the montage as an inspirational tool that he organised to be screened in the changing rooms moments before the match against Manchester United, Sport have revealed.

Barcelona's players huddled on the pitch 25 minutes before kick off and then quickly disappeared down the tunnel, leaving the Red Devils warming up alone.

Many wondered where the Catalan club's squad had gone, however, it has now been discovered that Guardiola had a plan in mind to inspire them to achieve something great.

A friend of the Barcelona coach at Catalan television station TV3 collated all the best goals and moments from the title winning campaign and merged them with scenes from Gladiator to make a seven-minute film.

The trick appeared to work as Barcelona controlled the majority of the game against Manchester United, adding an extra few moments to the next historical movie Guardiola has in mind.

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first published:May 30, 2009, 13:04 IST
last updated:May 30, 2009, 13:04 IST