Champions League Final: Liverpool v AC Milan

In a repeat of one of the most thrilling Champions League finals ever, Liverpool face AC Milan tomorrow at the Olympic Stadium in Athens. That historic game in 2005 in Istanbul will live long in the memory of all football fans from all around the world as Liverpool battled back from 3-0 down at half-time to complete a remarkable comeback by victory in a penalty shoot-out.

There are not many clubs that can compare with the European history associated with AC Milan and Liverpool. Between the pair of them, they have won the top honour in Europe 11 times.

However, the manner of Liverpool’s 2005 victory will leave AC Milan with no greater motivation. They literally had both hands on the trophy before it was snatched away from them. But this year may prove different.

AC Milan, coming off the back of a impressively comprehensive victory over Manchester United in the semi-final, seem a much more well-oiled machine this year, and in Brazilian midfielder Kaka, they have the stand-out player of the tournament.

Kaka, who is the competitions top scorer with 10 goals, tormented Manchester United over both legs, scoring 3 of his teams 5 goals.

However, Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez has few peers when it comes to tactical nouse in Europe and is likely to charge Argentinean midfielder Javier Mascherano with shackling the sublime skills of the Brazilian star.

It is therefore unlikely to be the goal-fest that it was last time. That night was as much as a freak as anything else. With Liverpool’s sturdy defence and Benitez’s wily tactical acumen going against the experience and wisdom of AC Milan’s highly-decorated stars, it is likely to be settled by the odd goal.

However, if you fancy lightening will strike twice and Liverpool will prove victorious in a penalty shoot-out after a 3-3 draw, you can get odds of 66/1 with William Hill.

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Editor, - 2007-05-22 11:35:05

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