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Where were you in Istanbul?



Ровно три года прошло со «стамбульского чуда». А это слова, сказанные после того, действительно великого триумфа...

ISTANBUL 2005 - WHAT THEY SAID

By Andy Hampson, PA Sport

Liverpool won their fifth European Cup with a stunning victory over AC Milan in the Champions League final in 2005, coming from 3-0 down to win on penalties.
Here, we recall what those involved had to say as the teams prepare to meet again.

"At 3-0 down at half-time I thought I was going to be in tears after the final whistle. But the manager said to keep our chins up and try and score early - and we did. I'm on top of the world. Every one of us deserves it - it hasn't sunk in yet and I'm finding it hard to talk. I can't describe how good I feel."
Liverpool captain and inspiration Steven Gerrard.

"Jamie Carragher came up to me just before the penalties and said, 'remember Bruce Grobbelaar and the rubbery legs in 1984?'. He said, 'do the same and put them off'. That's what I did and it seemed to work! Of course I remembered it, and it was my inspiration."
Liverpool goalkeeper and penalty shoot-out hero Jerzy Dudek.

"It's unbelievable. This must be one of the greatest of all time. I've never seen a final like that in my life. We got the first one and they seemed to 'go'. I'm just delighted."
Liverpool's star defender Jamie Carragher.

"We always believed in ourselves and the early goal in the second half changed everything. We started believing and when we scored the second goal the supporters went with that and helped us even more."
Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez.

"We dedicate this cup to them, to our fans. It was incredible, I've never experienced anything like it. They never gave up on us even when things were looking bleak."
Liverpool midfielder Luis Garcia.

"All I wanted to do was to go out on a high and I can't ask for anything more than helping the team to win the Champions League. Hopefully the fans will remember me for that and I'm proud of it. It was probably the greatest moment of my career - a dream."
Liverpool goalscorer Vladimir Smicer, for whom the game was his last for the club.

"When we were back in the dressing room (at half-time) the Milan players were outside already celebrating that they were champions, celebrating the victory. That really got to us and gave us the hunger to come back at them."
Then Liverpool defender Djimi Traore.

"We had six minutes of madness in which we threw away the position we had reached until then. The match was well contested - we had six minutes of madness. It's inexplicable because the team played well for all 120 minutes."
AC Milan coach Carlo Ancelotti.

"It was a dream game initially, but it was too beautiful to be true. To be 3-0 up at half-time, and to have scored two goals in my first Champions League final, I would never have dreamed of it. But unfortunately, life is like this. You have surprises."
AC Milan striker Hernan Crespo.

"I keep thinking I am going to wake up and think it was a dream. But I have got to say that the supporters have been absolutely outstanding, where in the world would you see support like we had in the final?"
Then Liverpool chairman David Moores.

"I was overcome with emotion and just had to be with the team. I even touched the cup."
Liverpool fan Lee Dames, who picked up a team tracksuit off the bench and managed to get onto the pitch to celebrate with the team.


Источник: SportingLife.com
Tags: lfc
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