Sunday, 16 December 2007

World Club Cup: Reaction

Carlo Ancelotti has won every major club trophy with AC Milan, but insists his time isn’t over.

The tactician oversaw a 4-2 triumph over Boca Juniors in the Club World Cup final in Yokohama, adding another trophy to his collection that includes the Scudetto, Champions League, European Super Cup and Coppa Italia.

"It has been a perfect 2007 and we maintained the promise we made to our President. Now we’ll try again in 2008!"

The coach and staff made it clear from the start that this trophy was their primary objective for the campaign and preparing for it has forced Serie A to take a back seat.

Although Ronaldo was unable to recover in time, the Rossoneri still dominated the match against the South American champions.

"It was a bit of a struggle, but we played a truly perfect game in the second half," added Ancelotti. "We prepared well for this match and brought home a wonderful triumph for all of Italian football.

"It is the best way to end a marvellous year, with the most important and brilliant game."

Filippo Inzaghi finishes 2007 having scored decisive goals for the Champions League, European Super Cup and now the Club World Cup.

"I am speechless," he said after bagging a brace in Yokohama. "I thought that destiny had already given me so much after Athens, Montecarlo and beating Gerd Muller’s record, but it had even more in store for me. I cannot express how this feels."

It is the first time since the Intercontinental Cup’s format was changed that a European side has won. In all Milan have four editions under their belts – after 1969, 1989 and 1990 – the eighth for an Italian club.

Now that this competition is out of the way, Ancelotti can turn his attention back to domestic concerns, where Milan are well off the title pace. "In January a whole new season kicks off and will see us as protagonists in Serie A and Europe."

Before that, they end 2007 with the little matter of the Milan derby next Sunday against Inter.

FINAL: [Boca Juniors 2-4 Milan]

Source: C4 Football Italia

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