So, as it turned out, the biggest thing Barcelona had to worry about in Rome was slipping and injuring themselves on that rather treacherous-looking podium as they lifted the trophy.
As the Catalan side went up to collect their third Champions League title after beating Manchester United 2-0 at the Stadio Olimpico, things got so crowded that Early Doors worried Italian premier Silvio Berlusconi might send the whole lot tumbling over in his eagerness to push to the front.
The most surprising thing about the result was that, after shooting their load somewhat in the opening 10 minutes, United's attempts to overhaul a patched-up Barca defence were so uncharacteristically meek.
Alex Ferguson would have expected more from his players. Most managers would have been making final attempts to impress upon their players the importance of rising to the occasion the day before a European Cup final. Fergie, however, was so relaxed about his team's work ethic that he was happy to have a kick-about in front of the cameras and share his love of the smell of cigars and perfume on big European nights in the build-up.
Ferguson had match-winners on the pitch, especially once he made his substitutions, but one man who never looked like one of them was Wayne Rooney.
Once again, the most gifted English attacker for a generation was required to 'do a job' out on the left, helping out his full-back in the vain battle to shackle Lionel Messi.
He has played as part of that system for much of this season and the last, but when playing top opposition in a major final, maximising your players' talents could have been given a higher priority.
One of Cristiano Ronaldo's great talents is rubbing people up the wrong way, and he did that with aplomb after the match by claiming that somebody else messed up.
He said: "We didn't do well. The tactics were not good and everything went wrong for us."
Careful now, Cristiano. Those are just the sort of comments that will refuel speculation of you leaving for Real Madrid and may force your manager, who has a history of dealing ruthlessly with insubordinate players, to sell you. Oh.
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United's dreams may have been shattered by Barcelona in Rome, but Barcelona deserve as much credit for their own treble as the United side of 1999.
Critics may point to the current lack of quality in La Liga, but ED doesn't remember it being a four-horse title race for the Premier League title a decade ago.
That year, Alex Ferguson's side scored plenty, including hauls of six goals at Leicester, eight at Nottingham Forest and 11 home and away against Danish side Brondby.
Spearheading that fearsome side were Andy Cole and Dwight Yorke, a strike partnership of almost telepathic understanding.
Fast forward 10 years and Barca scored more than five goals in an awesome seven league matches, and can boast a triumvirate of Thierry Henry, Samuel Eto'o and Lionel Messi that has scored an incredible 88 goals between them.
The Catalans also romped around Europe this season, delivering thrashings to, among others, Lyon and Bayern Munich, helping to reduce two European heavyweights to low ebbs this season.
The fact that this has been done with a manager in his first year in the job, with largely the same squad as last term (plus Dani Alves and Seydou Keita, minus Deco and the crocked Gabi Milito), is extraordinary.
The best news for Guardiola is that he should have no problem keeping his squad (with an average age of 25) together for the next few years.
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Following Barcelona's hugely controversial semi-final second leg at Stamford Bridge (alright, so Barca had their share of luck too), pundit Jamie Redknapp slammed UEFA's decision to select Tom Henning Ovrebo for the match as he came from the small-fry Norwegian league.
So it must have pleased him to see Massimo Busacca, the top official from the footballing powerhouse that is Switzerland, have such an excellent game when he took charge of the final.
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HEADLINES OF THE DAY: "As gladiators clash in Rome, United are put to the sword" - The Guardian
"Thrown to the Lionels" - Daily Mirror
"United leave Rome in ruins," - The Times
"We're in Rooins" - The Sun. Yes, we know, but the boys at the Currant Bun more than make up for that contrived effort with "Catalan v Matalan".
QUOTES OF THE DAY: "We have not been cowards, never in the match. There's no other way. There's nothing more dangerous than not taking risks" - Pep Guardiola
"In fairness we were beaten by the best team. We weren't at our best" - Alex Ferguson
"We have given everything to win. We have won everything what we could win. We have tried to win it all and for that reason this it is a historical year. I dedicate it to our people, who have fought and undergone the same as us" - Carles Puyol thanks the fans.
FOREIGN VIEW: "El Barca rises to the heavens" - Marca gives it to you straight. The Catalan El Mundo Deportivo is even more succinct, simply calling the Blaugrana boys "Emperors of Europe".
COMING UP: We've got more Champions League final reaction than you can shake a big-eared trophy at. Or should that read 'at which you can shake a big-eared trophy'? Whatever. Check out footage of the celebrations in Barcelona, our player ratings, eurosport.com reader reaction, final picture gallery and our team of the season.