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Thursday, May 27, 1999 Published at 02:07 GMT 03:07 UK


Sport: Football

Barcelona: Quotes at a glance

Alex Ferguson: "This is the best moment of my life"

BBC News Online rounds-up the quotes from a memorable evening at the Nou Camp stadium.

United's treble triumph
Alex Ferguson: "This is the best moment of my life. I'm really proud of my players, proud of my heritage and my family for what they have given me.

"I simply don't know where to begin but you can't deny people with this spirit we have and that's why we have won this trophy.

"Football is such a funny game. It's a fairytale really."

Peter Schmeichel: "This is a fantastic finish for me and everything feels really good right now.

"When I announced that I would leave United at the end of the season I promised I would do all I could to finish with United being at the top. It's difficult to get any higher than this.

"It's been an amazing thing being part of a team like Manchester United."

Lothar Matthaus: "Tonight it was not the best team that won but the luckiest."

Former England manager Terry Venables: "People have said it's unbelievable. That word is used too frequently, too easily - but that was unbelievable.

"People have underestimated Sheringham. But Teddy's come up trumps again."

Ottmar Hitzfeld: "I feel so sorry for my team because they were so close to winning this match but they have lost.

"It's really difficult to digest and this is inconceivable for us but then this is what football is all about.

"Normally when the opposition equalise you are expecting extra-time and it was a shock to our team when they scored the winner two minutes later.

"It could take days or even weeks to recover from this but I must say that Manchester are great champions."

Sir Bobby Charlton : "English football has been in the wilderness for a long time and now we're back on the world stage."

"It's been all right saying English football is the healthiest and the best to watch, but you really need to have something to show for it and to win the Champions' League, there's nothing bigger in world club football.

"I might even have a couple of drinks tonight now."

Bayern Munich president Franz Beckenbauer: "That was the cruelest defeat possible because victory was so close. We already had victory in the bag and there were only a few seconds to go.

"But those few seconds were enough for Manchester to get back into the game. We were playing well in the last 20 minutes and should have been able to hold on to victory.

"But in the end, Manchester deservedly won."

Goalscorer Mario Basler: "Three minutes brought our downfall and it's a clear example of how bad football can be."



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