Carlo Ancelotti believes it was in Milan’s destiny to win the Champions League at the end of "what could have been my last season."
The Rossoneri outplayed Liverpool and lost in Istanbul, but despite a less crushing display came out 2-1 winners this time around. "The quality of our football was certainly much better two years ago, but this is football. Our opponents were tough and very tight, so it was difficult for us to play," said the coach.
"This trophy was in our destiny considering everything that happened to us in Istanbul and this season. We didn’t so much deserve it for what we did tonight as all we had to go through to get here."
They were originally excluded from the competition due to the Calciopoli trial, but won an appeal to go through the preliminary round with just two weeks to prepare. "The greatest satisfaction is having won the Champions League in what could have been my last season here," confessed Ancelotti, who has often been under fire.
"Up until November it wasn’t looking good for me, but we turned things around. I have a special feeling with this club and only here could I have achieved so much in five years.
"In the moments of difficulty we always had great synchronicity between the club, Coach and players. The real difference came in the mid-season training camp in Malta during the Winter break. For a long time we were without injured players like Pippo Inzaghi, Kakha Kaladze, Paolo Maldini, Serginho and Alessandro Nesta.
"We have a special feeling with this competition and also saw it as our best chance of winning some silverware this season."
Source: C4 Football Italia