Legendary Ukrainian striker Andriy Shevchenko has opened up on the long-lasting mental impacts he was left with after losing to Liverpool in that fateful Champions League final.
Steven Gerrard inspired the Reds to one of the best comebacks of all-time in 2005 as AC Milan surrendered a three-goal lead at half-time to lose on penalties in Istanbul.
The clash between a rather put together squad from Rafa Benitez against a Milan side littered with legends of the game has gone down in folklore for the nature in which it unfolded.
It looked as though Hernan Crespo’s double, on top of Paolo Maldini’s first minute opener, had done the job going into the break.
But an utterly rejuvenated Liverpool side fought back in just 15 minutes thanks to goals from Gerrard, Vladimir Smicer and Xabi Alonso.
Of course, the famous clash ended up going to extra time and then penalties.
Milan missed their first two, while Liverpool only missed one, meaning the usually cool-headed Shevchenko needed to score to keep them in with a chance for glory.
However, the soon-to-be Chelsea flop saw his spot kick saved by Polish goalkeeper Jerzy Dudek.
And Shevchenko admits that he has never stopped thinking about the way in which he and Milan lost that match, even now as the manager of Ukraine.
“The wound is still bleeding,” he told Corriere della Sera ahead of the release of his new book My Life, My Football. “It bothers me that they said that we were carried away by the euphoria.
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“(Captain Paolo) Maldini said at half time to be careful.
“The first months after the final I would wake up screaming in the middle of the night thinking about it.
“Now that I am a coach I think about those minutes in which we scored three goals.
“It is not a criticism of Ancelotti, but I would have stopped the game, changed something.”
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