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Last Updated: Wednesday, 28 May, 2003, 22:45 GMT 23:45 UK
Brooking: Milan deserving winners
BBC Sport's Trevor Brooking
By Trevor Brooking
BBC Sport football pundit

AC Milan deserve to lift the Champions League trophy because they had the better possession and created the best chances.

They have looked good throughout the season, gone through nine or 10 months of league stages and knockout games and I wouldn't begrudge them their glory.

They deserved it for the first 90 minutes, extra-time was very poor and the penalties were not convincing.

Milan took the game to their opponents in the first period and apart from a 15-minute spell in the second half after they brought on Antonio Conte, Juve were second best.

In extra-time when Roque Junior got injured Milan were a man short and they settled for penalties, but they were the more positive side overall and I think Gennaro Gattuso was man of the match.

But Juve did not play like they can and that's what one-off cup finals can be like.

Juventus were the favourites but they didn't perform like they would have wanted.

They missed Pavel Nedved immensely - they just lacked that little invention and he was a massive void that they just couldn't fill.

David Trezeguet looked like a shadow of his former self while Alessandro del Piero was not the player we know.

Italian sides have gone through an indifferent patch and had their financial problems.

I think the players looked nervous in the penalty shoot-out

But they seem to have settled down now and the fact they had three of the four teams in the semi-finals suggests they are back.

The defensive qualities in Italian sides has been the difference this season.

Real Madrid and Manchester United can beat anyone on their day but the Italians peaked when it mattered.

Milan coach Carlos Ancelotti must be absolutely delighted to get his first trophy - it is not a bad one to win.

He had a spell at Juventus so he must have a sense of satisfaction to bring a team to the final and deprive them and lift the Champions League trophy.

I think the players looked nervous in the penalty shoot-out. It was a long walk but you've got to give a bit of credit to the keepers.

Gianluigi Buffon was impressive and Dida did the business when it was needed - he is big and tall and filled the goal.

Andriy Shevchenko had the whole weight of his side on his shoulders but he showed his composure and just walked up and tucked it into the corner.






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