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Last Updated: Wednesday, 14 May, 2003, 22:30 GMT 23:30 UK
Lippi hails vintage Juve
Del Piero celebrates

Juventus coach Marcello Lippi hailed a "vintage year" for the Italian giants after they beat holders Real Madrid to reach the Champions League final.

Lippi's underdogs outplayed Real Madrid in Turin to set up an all-Italian final against AC Milan at Old Trafford on 28 May.

Juventus won 3-1 to win the tie 4-3 on aggregate and send favourites Real crashing out.

He said: "This has been a vintage year. Now we go to Manchester to face Milan.

"They have played some superb football on the way to the final, especially their home win against Real Madrid.

"We go there as equals with Milan. There is no favourite."

Real counterpart Vicente del Bosque accepted defeat graciously, saying: "We must accept the defeat and go on from here. Juventus took their chances and that was the big difference.

After having a 2-1 lead at home this is a big disappointment for us, a big failure
Real Madrid's Steve McManaman

"However, my players must be proud because they have been at the top world levels in the last four years. Now we must concentrate on the Liga."

The only blot on Juve's night was a booking for goalscorer Pavel Nedved, who will now miss the final.

Juve midfielder Alessio Tacchinardi said: "It's a bad loss for us, because Pavel is a key player who had a decisive role in our way to the final."

Coach Lippi was less sympathetic, saying: "I feel sorry for Pavel but I have to query why at such a stage in the match, when we were winning 3-0, he went in on Steve McManaman as he did.

"It doesn't make sense for such an experienced player to do that."

Tacchinardi added: "We had to work harder than usual because if you let Real play they can destroy you.

"I thought we had control of the midfield, particularly in the first-half, and it was only late on that we came under pressure.

"If Luis Figo's penalty had gone in the game could have been different, but I think we deserved to go through over the two legs."

Real's Steve McManaman revealed the scale of Real's disappointment as he said: "After having a 2-1 lead at home this is a big disappointment for us, a big failure."






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