“It was a sign from God, not a coincidence”: Kaka denies that AC Milan’s “magic” victory in the Champions League against Liverpool 13 years ago was “revenge” for the Istanbul Miracle in 2005
- Kaka thinks AC Milan’s 2007 Champions League victory was a “ sign of God ”
- Italians lost 3-0 lead in 2005 final where Liverpool triumphed
- They met again two years later, but this time, Serie A won
- The Brazilian also said that the victory was not a “revenge” for his defeat in Istanbul
Kaka recalled AC Milan’s victory over Liverpool in the 2007 Champions League final as a “sign of God”.
The Italians threw a three-goal lead in the final between the two teams in 2005 as Rafa Benitez’s men returned for a spectacular penalty shootout victory.
A resumption of this final took place two years later, thirteen years ago today, but this time the Serie A team won.
Kaka thinks AC Milan’s victory in the 2007 Champions League final was a “ sign of God ”
He said it was no coincidence that they played Liverpool after losing to them two years earlier
Dirk Kuyt set up a tight finish after Pippo Inzaghi gave Milan a 2-0 lead, but Carlo Ancelotti’s team held up and Kaka, who played in the two finals, said it was was no coincidence that their victory had come over the Merseyside team.
“It was a sign from God, not a coincidence,” Kaka told official site of Milan.
“I don’t like to call it revenge, but it was wonderful and magical.
Liverpool returned 3-0 to lead 2005 final in overtime before winning on penalties
“The team was different from 2005, because we no longer had Hernan Crespo or Andriy Shevchenko, but the foundations were the same.
“It was almost the same team, but a very different final and a final that made history.”
“ Pippo started to run without even looking at the ball at first, as he hoped the goalkeeper would block Andrea Pirlo’s shot and knew where to go for the rebound. He just knew.
The Brazilian denied that Milan’s 2007 victory was “revenge” for his Istanbul injury
“ On the second goal, you could see it was just me and Pippo in advance, but I knew his movements so well that I was already well aware of what he was going to do next. I was preparing to give him the pass, everything was so precise, and he moved further so that he had space to hit him. It’s all in the details.
The Brazilian admitted that the fear started when Kuyt gave Liverpool a lifeline.
“It was horrible when Kuyt scored and the ghosts of 2005 threatened to haunt us again. It was a battle of wills and we felt the fear, the feeling “oh no, it happens again”. Fortunately, we held on and were able to celebrate at the end.
“We all had very different feelings during the celebrations. It was my first Champions League, a dream come true, when it was the fifth of Paolo Maldini. I felt like I was closing the loop, the perfect conclusion of the time spent together. “
The midfielder said he thought the victory was the perfect conclusion for him and his teammates