“In practice this was all about the gently absorbing spectacle of two fine teams struggling to find their distinct and separate rhythms. And for the fact that, true to form, the game refused to conform to type. How refreshing to be reminded that at this rarefied level football can still be awkward, tense, even at times rather unsatisfying.”
—Barney Ronay, in the Guardian, re: Barcelona v. Manchester United
A more charitable interpretation would be hard to find.