What they said

Published : Jun 14, 2003 00:00 IST

"It was the most important goal in my career, and my most important trophy ever. For me it's a dream after a season plagued by injuries. It was a happy end. Now I feel exhausted."

— Milan striker Andriy Shevchenko who scored the winning penalty.

"We beat a strong opponent... penalty kicks are a very painful solution for the losing side."

— Milan striker Filippo Inzaghi, who didn't take a penalty.

"I'm just really proud and happy to be the captain of the team. It's a dream come true in Manchester. It's the sixth time but it feels like it is the first. It is a great honour that the name Maldini is linked to AC Milan."

— Paolo Maldini, who won his fourth Champions Cup final in six attempts. His father Cesare won the Cup with Milan 40 years ago.

"It's party time. We started well and created some dangerous situations, especially in the first half and though we were in trouble with injuries as well as the match continued, Juventus didn't have the energy to impose themselves."

— Coach Carlo Ancelotti, who has now won the Champions Cup as a coach and a player with Milan.

"It's really bad, it went bad, then with the injuries, everything went wrong, the whole evening went wrong. It's terribly bad, we are disappointed."

— Juventus coach Marcello Lippi, who lost his third Champions Cup final in a row with the club.

"When you lose after penalty kicks, it hurts a lot. For some of our team it was the third loss in a Champions Cup final, so it was additionally bitter."

— Juventus midfielder Gianluca Zambrotta.

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