When you think of names like AC Milan and Barcelona, you think of history. Greatness. All that good shit. What you don’t necessarily think of when the idea of them facing off pops into your head is a one-sided massacre.
Well, the 1994 UEFA Champions League Final was a tad out of the ordinary, in that sense.
The stage was set for one of the greatest games in the history of the sport. Nobody quite knew which way it was going to go but they did know one thing and one thing only – people were going to talk about it for years to come.
But weirdly enough, it still isn’t mentioned nowadays. That could be because modern day fans are extremely short sighted, but it could also be because it was an absolute butchering. Let’s go with the second one.
On the surface of it this it was just one Italian team and one Spanish team playing a game of football in Greece. But in reality, it was oh so much more than that.
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Barcelona were far and away the favourites considering they’d just secured their fourth La Liga title in a row, and victory in Athens would’ve been their second Champions League triumph in three years. Different era, same story it seems.
Then there was Milan, who had striker Marco van Basten out with injury, captain Franco Baresi suspended and expensive youngster Gianluigi Lentini also out. I mean, if that isn’t the definition of shite luck, I don’t know what is.
It was a sight to behold with the Spaniards donning their famous red and blue strip meanwhile the Italians played in their historic all-white away kit. Everyone inside that ground knew they were about to witness something special, but it became evident pretty quickly that there was a big surprise looming.
For Milan you had Maldini, Desailly and Massaro all starting; Barca were kicking off with the likes of Koeman, Guardiola and Romario. Talk about a collection of superstars.
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In terms of the game itself, everything just seemed to click for Milan who were managed by Fabio Capello. The passing, the slick movements and the devastating finishing ability saw them run out 4-0 winners through goals from Daniele Massaro, Dejan Savicevic and Marcel Desailly. That is literal football porn.
Johan Cruyff’s side had no answer whatsoever for the bombardment of talent that was coming their way. Some would say they under-prepared, but others may suggest it was the perfect game plan from AC Milan played out splendidly down the very last detail.
That is the mark of true champions, and more people need to bask in the glory of this exquisite piece of footballing history.