UEFA Champions League

Season 2 Episode 15

AC Milan vs Liverpool 2-1 (Final, season 2006/07)

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Aired Unknown May 23, 2007 on Sky Sports

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  • Trivia

    • Milan won 17 thropies (7 champions' league, 2 cups winners' cup, 4 intercontinental cups, 4 european super cups). Milan now is the most winning team in the world.

    • For the second season in a row, an English team has not only lost, but has lost 2-1. (Arsenal lost to Barcelona 2-1, and Liverpool lost to AC Milan 2-1)

    • This was the 11th time that Milan reaches the UEFA Champions League final, while for Liverpool was the 7th one.

    • This was the third time Athens hosted the UEFA Champions League final, after 1983 final (Hamburg-Juventus) and 1994 final (Milan-Barcelona).

    • This was a rematch of the 2005 final, in which Liverpool came out winners after penalties.

  • Quotes

    • Massimo Moratti: I saw the match and I want to compliment Milan for their win. However, I must admit that Liverpool played better in the match itself and the Rossoneri were a bit lucky. But they also showed the determination needed in such an important match, which then ended as they had planned.

    • Filippo Inzaghi: It's a very emotional moment for me. I would not complain and say I have suffered [because of the injuries] as football has given me so much. I've won a World Cup and two Champions Leagues. These are unforgettable experiences and I still can't believe I scored twice in this final. I'll watch the goals again on television. I wouldn't say I'm proud of the goals - I just feel happy to be doing the job I love.

    • Jamie Carragher: We are devastated but hopefully the defeat will make us stronger and we will be back next season. While it's hard to take losing a final, at the same time we've got to hold our hands up and give great credit to AC Milan who are a great side. We enjoyed the celebrations of winning it two years ago so we have a lot of respect for Milan and we will move on from this. Their first goal was a bit fortuitous and I should have cleared the ball better than what I did and it then put Xabi Alonso under pressure to clear the ball. At this level the smallest detail counts. I didn't think there was much in the game and we had a good chance with Stevie but unfortunately we couldn't score. I didn't think Milan had a lot of chances and I thought we played very well in the second half but no-one will remember that and it's Milan's night. I thought we handled Kaka as well as any team has done in this tournament and Mascherano put in a few great challenges on him. He set up their second goal but he is always going to cause any team problems because he is the best player in the world. Our fans were probably the man of the match again and full credit to them. We are just devastated we couldn't bring the cup back for them.

    • Steven Gerrard: You've got to take it on the chin, move on and try to pick yourself up but at the moment it's heartbreaking. I thought we started well, we were in control just how we like to be but when you do that you've got to score. They got the first goal, with a bit of luck, but it was a big lift for them. We gave everything but it wasn't to be tonight and certainly this feels the complete opposite to what it was like after Istanbul.

    • Rafa Benitez: First of all, congratulations to Milan, they're a very good team. Thank you to our supporters, my staff and players who worked really hard and deserved a bit more. In the 1st half we controlled the game, pushing forward, creating chances. But we conceded a bad goal, a deflection, at the end of the 1st half. In football you need to take your chances and score goals. When you win you're really pleased, when you lose you have to think about why and start thinking about the future. You could see the quality they had, and we need to start thinking how we can improve our team.

    • Carlo Ancelotti: It is the greatest victory we've had. Few people believed we could do it, but we've done something extraordinary. Very few people or fans expected Milan to win this most important of trophies this season, perhaps nobody expected it.

    • Daniel Agger: This is by far the biggest thing I've ever been involved in in my career. I won't know how big it is until I run out on to the pitch in Athens for the first time. I'm really excited by this game and normally I am very calm and collected. Of course we can win the Champions League again. We have to believe that we can do it and if we didn't believe it, we would not have got past Barcelona and Chelsea and to the Final It has just been such a great couple of days. After the game we went into town and got back rather late. We painted the town red and I just hope we are celebrating again in Athens.

  • Notes

    • One of the strangest statistics is that every time Liverpool have lifted Champions League they have worn red shirts and beaten opponents wearing white.

    • Despite the fact that Liverpool had been selected the away team, they will wear their famous red shirts, as Milan decided to play with their all white kit.

    • This season's final was held in Athens at "Spyros Louis" stadium.

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