UEFA Champions League

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Quotes (523)

  • Arsene Wenger: (Speaking after the final) The red card was the most important part of the game but we still played well and had two or three good chances to score a second. And when you don't do that, the last 20 minutes are going to be difficult. Congratulations to Barcelona and to my players for a magnificent European season and a great game tonight. When Jens Lehmann got sent off, that left us with 70 minutes to play with ten against eleven, against a team that retains the ball very well. I don't think we could have done much more. I want to thank my players who were absolutely magnificent. They were heroes but they were not rewarded. I will work with them to turn this frustration into success, but they deserve massive credit - as do Barcelona.

  • Frank Rijkaard: (Speaking after the final) Arsenal did a great job, without any doubt. It wasn't easy and that didn't surprise me. I said beforehand that the Champions League final is special and unique and that you don't have a favourite, just two good teams. Arsenal started well, we less so, but then we began to get back into it. The red card changed the game dramatically and it was a pity in that sense. Arsenal went backwards and started to defend and they still played very well. Víctor Valdés once again played a decisive role. He saved us at a crucial moment with the stop from Thierry Henry. He contributed to the victory and I like that. You need the team, and when each and every part of it does its job you have more strength. All that counts is that FC Barcelona are the 2006 UEFA Champions League winners. The first thing I am thinking of is all our fans and the joy this gives them. We must all be grateful that we can live these moments with Barcelona.

  • Juninho Pernambucano: (Speaking after Roma-Lyon match) Congratulations to Roma, it's a fair result. The pitch was good, much better than we have experienced in France over the last few weeks. We didn't attack too much because we didn't want to give them any chances to score.

  • Mancini: (Speaking after Roma-Lyon match) We didn't play as well as we would have liked but give credit to Lyon - they played a very good match and have a lot of experience at this level. We didn't create too many chances as we couldn't get very close to their goal but I also think it was a psychological problem as before the kick-off we knew it was the 'game of our lives'. I'm confident we can still go through even if we know we will have to play better than tonight if we are to score in Lyon.

  • Gerard Houllier: (Speaking after Roma-Lyon match) The result is a fair one. It was a typical Champions League game between two teams who tested each other out and were evenly matched. We had 16 shots on goal and hit the post and I think overall the Roma goalkeeper was more involved than Grégory Coupet. I'm satisfied with the score and for me, it's a step forward towards the quarter-finals.

  • Luciano Spalletti: (Speaking after Roma-Lyon match) We had a few problems at the start of the match because we didn't immediately come to terms with the way to play to challenge Lyon. The game was open, there were a lot of scoring chances for both sides, and I'm largely satisfied with how my team played. We didn't keep the ball very well but we played well enough. The draw is not a bad result for us, even if we are going to play the second leg away from home. That doesn't matter too much at this level.

  • Carlo Ancelotti: (Speaking after Celtic-Milan match) We have a great chance to progress after this match. We must win our home game and, while Celtic are capable of scoring, I'm sure we will. We played a very good game, exactly as I would have wanted, and we are confident that in our own stadium we can get the right result. I'm very happy with the performance. We conceded very little and created some good chances. Celtic were always going to be dangerous from set-pieces, but we also coped with that very well. It was important that we didn't allow them to play their natural game and we succeeded in preventing them from doing that. Our midfield worked very well all night.

  • Gordon Strachan: (Speaking after Celtic-Milan match) We're still in this tie, which is great testament to our players considering we're up against one of the best sides in the world. We go to the San Siro knowing if we can get one goal, we have a fantastic opportunity. If we can have more belief in ourselves then we have a chance to progress. It was a good lesson for us as we had a young team. Our back four in particular were all young and it was the first time they've played together in a big game. When compared with the experience of the Milan team, I'm very satisfied with my players' display. Our attitude was ten out of ten, but the technical side of our game was only five out of ten. If we can improve that side of things a little, then we can really give Milan a game over there. They passed the ball extremely well, particularly later in the game, but our grit and determination not to be beaten were first class.

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Notes (34)

  • Arena: Stade de France - Paris Scorers: Campbell 37' Eto'o 76' Belletti 86' Sent-offs: Lehmann 18'

  • Henrik Larsson played his last game for Manchester United at Old Trafford. He scored the winning goal against Lille, scoring in the 72nd minute.

  • Valencia striker Fernando Morientes missed out on the tie against Chelsea as he suffered a dislocated shoulder playing for Spain.

  • Manchester United are without defensive trio Nemanja Vidic, Gary Neville and Mikael Silvestre for their quarter-final tie against Roma.

  • Oliver Kahn missed this matchday, after being banned by UEFA, with an one match suspension, due to fact that he was found dopped after the previous match against Real Madrid.

  • Valencia defender David Navarro has received a seven-month European ban for punching Inter's Nicolas Burdisso and breaking his nose, he will therefore not play any part against Chelsea.

  • PSV defender Alex has been ruled out of Champions League quarter-final ties with Liverpool because of a torn hamstring.

  • Liverpool's Fabio Aurelio missed out on the 2nd leg against PSV as he ruptured his achilles in the 1st leg.

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Trivia (52)

  • Schalke 04 qualified for the quarter-finals of the European Cup for the first time since 1958-59.

  • AC Milan's defender Paolo Maldini made his 100th UEFA Champions League appearance.

  • Roy Makkay scored the fastest goal in UEFA Champions League history for FC Bayern München against Real Madrid CF.

  • In the second of the two games with Chelsea FC, FC Porto became the third team in the Champions League to compete in at least 100 games. The other two teams are Manchester United and FC Barcelona.

  • Roma striker Mirko Vucinic scored his first ever Champions League goal against Manchester United.

  • Jamie Carragher set a record for the most European Cup appearances for Liverpool in the match versus PSV.

  • Steven Gerrard scored his 15th goal in European football against PSV. This makes him Liverpool's all-time top scorer in Europe, surpassing Ian Rush's record.

  • Liverpool's match against PSV is their 50th Champions League match.

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