Two days before the curtain rises for the 11th round of Ligue 1 between Monaco and Paris, at the Louis-II stadium, ASM coach Niko Kovac confided his admiration for his counterpart Thomas Tuchel, not always well regarded at PSG .
“The coach is always responsible for everything. If you win, it’s not because of you, and if you lose, it’s your fault. From my point of view, it’s too easy to always point the finger at the coach. I know Thomas is a good guy, a very good trainer, ”said the German-Croatian coach on Wednesday at a press conference.
And to add: “What could he have done more last season? He won four trophies and led his team to the Champions League final. He could only have done more if he had coached Bayern Munich and won five… ”
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After taking out great Barça in the semifinals, the Chelsea Blues succeeded in winning the final against Bayern Munich, who played on their lawn at the Fussball Arena (1-1, 4 tab to 3) at the outcome of a remarkable act of resistance. Didier Drogba becomes the hero of Londoners. The Ivorian striker will equalize in the 88th minute (1-1) before turning the shot on the decisive goal. He can leave Chelsea with his head held high.
In view of the scenario of the first half and the score in favor of AC Milan (3-0), the victory of the Reds in Istanbul is a colossal surprise. Like their reaction to the return from the locker room: three goals scored between the 54th and the 60th minute (3-3). The penalty shoot-out was won 3-2. Liverpool made a resounding return to the European scene, 21 years after their last C1 title.
The Germans were not new to Europe (a UEFA Cup finalist four years earlier, already against Juventus) but beating the Old Lady, 3-1, was a real sensation. Defending the title, Juve of Zidane, Deschamps and Del Piero lost to Borussia coached by Ottmar Hitzfeld. The goals are scored by Riedle (29th, 34th) and Ricken (71st).
Ajax has a glorious past in competition (triple winner between 1971 and 1973) but since then, the Dutch have struggled to find a generation capable of becoming a European monster again. The Amsterdam club, coached by Louis Van Gaal, will achieve this on May 24 in Vienna in front of great Milan, defending champion and considered at the time as one of the best teams in the world. The only goal of the game is scored by a promising youngster, Patrick Kluivert, who came into play a quarter of an hour earlier (1-0, 85th).
1991 Red Star
One of the worst moments in the history of OM. Having become favorites of this 1991 final in Bari, after having taken out AC Milan in the quarter-finals, Raymond Goethals’ players fell in front of a Red Star team whose only goal was to defend, while waiting for the play or a miracle . It was the shots on goal that will allow Prosinecki, Pancev, Savicevic and company to beat Marseille (0-0, 5 tab to 3) powerless despite his attacking trio made up of Papin, Waddle and Pelé.
1987 FC Porto
Madjer’s heel went around the world at the time. And the gesture of the Algerian artist continues to fuel the discussions. Rabah Madjer equalized against Bayern Munich in the 77th minute. The winning goal was scored in stride by Juary three minutes later (2-1, 80th). The Bavarians, led by Rummenigge, Matthäus or Brehme, will not get over it.
1986 Steaua Bucharest
5. This figure symbolizes the incredible victory of Steaua Bucharest in the final on May 7, 1986 in Seville against FC Barcelona (0-0; 2 tab to 0). Helmut Ducadam, the goalkeeper of the Romanian team, stopped the Catalans’ five attempts. For the first time in history, the cup with the big ears arrived in the hands of a club in the East.
1982 Aston Villa
Bayern, triple winner a few years earlier (1974, 75, 76), is trapped by the formation of Birmingham. In Rotterdam, Aston Villa won 1-0 thanks to a goal from Peter White. The English are creating a sensation for their first participation in the European premier club event.
1979 Nottingham Forest
After taking out in the first round the great Liverpool (2-0; 0-0), two-time defending champion (full draw at the time), Brian Clough’s men beat the Swedes of Malmö in the final (1-0 ) on a goal by Trevor Francis at the Olympic Stadium in Munich. And to think that Nottingham Forest had been promoted to English D1 two years earlier and surprise champion in 1978. Forest retained its European title in 1980, another major feat.