Kaka denies AC Milan's 2007 Champions League victory was 'revenge'

‘It was a sign from God, not a coincidence’: Kaka denies AC Milan’s ‘magical’ Champions League victory over Liverpool 13 years ago today was ‘revenge’ for the Miracle of Istanbul in 2005

  • Kaka believes AC Milan’s 2007 Champions League victory was a ‘sign from God’
  • The Italians threw away a 3-0 lead in the 2005 final where Liverpool triumphed
  • They met again two years later but this time the Serie A side came out on top 
  • The Brazilian also said the victory was not ‘revenge’ for their defeat in Istanbul

Kaka has recalled AC Milan’s victory over Liverpool in the 2007 Champions League final as a ‘sign from God’.

The Italians threw away a three-goal lead in the final between the two sides in 2005 as Rafa Benitez’s men came back to clinch a dramatic victory on penalties.

A re-run of that final took place two years later, thirteen years ago today, but this time the Serie A team came out on top.

Kaka believes AC Milan’s victory in the 2007 Champions League final was a ‘sign from God’

He said it was not a coincidence they played Liverpool after losing to them two years earlier

Dirk Kuyt set up a tense finish after Pippo Inzaghi had given Milan a 2-0 lead but Carlo Ancelotti’s side held on and Kaka, who played both finals, said it was not a coincidence that their victory came over the Merseyside team. 

‘It was a sign from God, not a coincidence,’ Kaka told the official Milan website.

‘I don’t like to call it revenge, but it was marvellous and magical. 

Liverpool came from 3-0 down to take the 2005 final to extra-time before winning on penalties

‘The team was different to 2005, as 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 one that went down in history.’  

‘Pippo started running without even looking at the ball on the first goal, as he hoped the goalkeeper would parry Andrea Pirlo’s shot and knew where to be for the rebound. He just knew.

The Brazilian denied that Milan’s victory in 2007 was ‘revenge’ for their hurt from Istanbul

‘On the second goal, you could see it was just me and Pippo upfront, but I knew his movements so perfectly that I was already well aware of what he’d do next. I prepared to give him the pass, it was all so precise, and he moved further out wide so he’d have the space to kick it. It’s all about the details.’

The Brazilian admitted that fear kicked when Kuyt gave Liverpool a lifeline. 

‘It felt horrible when Kuyt scored and the ghosts of 2005 were threatening to haunt us again. It was a battle of wills and we felt the fear, the “oh no, it’s happening again” feeling. Fortunately, we held out 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, whereas it was Paolo Maldini’s fifth. It felt like coming full circle, the perfect conclusion to that team’s time together.’

The midfielder said he felt the victory was the perfect conclusion for him and his team-mates

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AC Milan and rivals Inter given green light to tear down San Siro

AC Milan and rivals Inter given green light to tear down iconic San Siro as Serie A giants move a step closer to building joint-funded 60,000-seater arena as part of £1.1BILLION proposal

  • AC Milan and Inter Milan are planning to build a new joint-funded stadium  
  • City rivals want 60,000-seater state-of-the-art arena on the San Siro site 
  • They moved closer to ambition with green light to knock stadium down 

Italy’s heritage authority has given the green light to tearing down the iconic San Siro arena.

Their decision removes a major obstacle to AC and Inter Milan’s plans to replace it with a new stadium.

Both Milan clubs, respectively owned by U.S. fund Elliott and Chinese electronic retailer Suning, last year filed a request to jointly build a new 60,000-seater stadium in the San Siro area.

The San Siro is an iconic arena shared by Inter Milan and AC Milan but it will be torn down

This mock up shows the £1.1billion redevelopment plan for the San Siro and surrounding area

The new stadium is the key element in a wider £1.1billion real estate plan for the district, which includes demolishing almost all of the historic San Siro arena, home ground of both the city’s top-flight clubs.

Although approval from heritage authorities is not the final decision, it is an important step towards implementing the plan.

According to an opinion from the authority to the Milan municipality which owns the site, the arena does not have any architectural significance that would prevent its demolition. 

Inter and AC Milan want a joint-funded project to build a new 60,000-seater stadium

They plan on spending £1.1billion on redevelopment and the stadium is a key part of that 

Following several redevelopments, only a small remnant of the oldest part of the stadium, built in 1926, is left.

The clubs and the municipality have been in talks for months to try to find a compromise over plans to replace the nearly century-old arena, sometimes dubbed ‘La Scala del Calcio’ – a reference to Milan’s famous opera house.

City representatives, including Milan’s mayor Giuseppe Sala, had repeatedly questioned plans to tear down San Siro and the clubs have modified initial projects which would have seen the entire stadium demolished.

Plans under discussion include tearing down most of the old arena but keeping part of it as a kind of city landmark around which the clubs would build new sport facilities available to the public.

The ground is sometimes called ‘La Scala del Calcio’ – a reference to the famous opera house

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AC Milan 'reject invitation to sign Adam Lallana'

AC Milan ‘reject invitation to sign Adam Lallana’ with Liverpool midfielder’s contract set to expire at the end of the season

  • AC Milan have reportedly turned down the opportunity to sign Adam Lallana
  • The 31-year-old midfielder’s Liverpool deal will expire at the end of June
  • Reds manager Jurgen Klopp has expressed his uncertainty over Lallana’s future

AC Milan have turned down the chance to sign Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana, according to reports in Italy. 

Rossoneri have been scouring the market in hope of making thrifty summer signings, and Italian outlet Calciomercato.com claims Lallana has been offered to the Serie A club.

However, Milan do not see the player as a ‘first-rate opportunity’ to add value to their their squad.

AC Milan have reportedly turned down an opportunity to sign Adam Lallana on a free transfer

Lallana’s Liverpool contract is set to expire at the end of June and his release would put an end to his six-year association with the Merseyside club. 

Reds boss Jurgen Klopp wanted Lallana to sign a one-year contract extension, but it is increasingly likely the 31-year-old will become a free agent at the end of the season.

Speaking in November, Klopp said: ‘I don’t know what happens in May—for anybody, actually—but the best thing as a footballer is when you get the opportunity to play well, to do so. That is what Adam is doing.’

Lallana has registered 22 goals and 22 assists in 178 Liverpool appearances since sealing a £25million move from Southampton in July 2014.

In addition, he has scored three goals in 34 England appearances, making his international debut in the 2-0 friendly defeat by Chile in November 2013.

Lallana celebrates scoring his crucial equalising goal against Manchester United in October

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AC Milan rival Beckham's Inter Miami in pursuit of David Silva

AC Milan rival David Beckham’s Inter Miami in pursuit of Manchester City star David Silva… as Italian side ‘meet with playmaker’s agent over a move’

  • AC Milan have met with David Silva’s representatives to discuss a summer move
  • Inter Miami owner David Beckham has also identified Silva as a potential signing
  • The Spaniard is expected to leave Manchester City when his deal expires in June

David Beckham’s Inter Miami are competing with AC Milan for the signature of Manchester City star David Silva, according to Corriere dello Sport. 

Reports in Italy claim Milan have already entered talks to sign the Spaniard when his City contract expires in the summer. 

The 34-year-old has enjoyed 10 successful seasons in England but is expected to depart the Etihad Stadium, and Milan have contacted the player’s representatives with view to completing a free transfer. 

AC Milan, Inter Miami and New York City are battling it out to sign David Silva on a free transfer

Appearances: 28

Goals: 3

Assists: 8

However, Beckham’s Inter Miami have been looking to make a stellar signing since playing their first ever game in March and have identified Silva as a target. 

Fellow MLS club New York City FC are also interested in the Spain international. As a club owned by Manchester City, this relationship could be conducive to a deal.

In 2018 Silva first outlined plans to leave City when he told BBC Sport: ‘It depends how I feel physically and mentally. 

‘I’ve always wanted to play for Las Palmas – my local team. But we’ll see how things go in two years and take it from there.’ 

Inter Miami chief David Beckham is planning to make a marquee signing in the summer

Silva’s contract expires on June 30 but it is unlikely Las Palmas – currently 15th in Spain’s second tier – will be able to afford his wages. 

Moreover, the indefinite suspension of all football caused by the coronavirus pandemic could lead to temporary contract extensions and a new end date to the season. 

Alternatively, if the 2019-20 campaign were to be expunged it would deny Silva a Manchester fond farewell. 

Silva has won 13 trophies in a City shirt, including four Premier League titles, two FA Cup triumphs and five League Cup winners’ medals. 

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AC Milan 'are lining up £35m deal to sign Arsenal star Lucas Torreira'

AC Milan ‘are preparing £35m deal to sign Arsenal star Lucas Torreira’ after missing out on the midfielder last year and hope to ‘drive him away from London’ this summer

  • Arsenal midfielder Lucas Torreira will be targed by AC Milan again, reports claim 
  • Milan failed in a move to sign him last summer but are  readying a £35m bid
  • The Uruguayan has struggled for game time at the Emirates in recent months
  • A return to Italy could help jumpstart his career after success with Sampdoria 

AC Milan are ready to reignite their interest in Arsenal midfielder Lucas Torreira after missing out on him last year, and are readying a £35million deal to tempt the Gunners, according to reports from Italy.

The Uruguayan signed for the Gunners in 2018 for £30m with hopes of becoming the tough-tackling player they had been craving to break up attacks and add some steel in the middle of the park. 

His career in north London got off to a good start, playing 34 league games last season, but has found game-time hard to come by under Mikel Arteta recently. 

Arsenal midfielder Lucas Torreira will be the target of a £35m bid from AC Milan, reports claim

And the Rossoneri now have plans to rescue Torreira and offer him a route back to Italy, Correire dello Sport claim.

Torreira announced himself to the rest of the world with some impressive displays at Sampdoria after joining them from Pescara in 2016 and could be swayed by the opportunity to return to the league that launched his career.

Milan are known admirers of the 24-year-old and want to come back to the table with another bid after coming up short in an attempt to snare him last summer, the report says, adding that Torreira ‘would appreciate a return to Italy’ and ‘knows that he could make a difference in their midfield’. 

The Uruguayan star (R) made a name for himself during his time in Serie A with Sampdoria 

It adds that Torreira has ‘often sent positive signals through his agent to Milan’ and the Italian giants are now waiting for the right moment to strike up talks with Arsenal in the hopes of ‘driving him away from London’.

The coronavirus pandemic will cause problems for many teams when the transfer window eventually opens, and Milan will have to stump up £35m to secure his signature. 

But the Rossoneri are seeking someone of Torreira’s ability to strengthen their midfield options and bring back Champions League football. 

He was ruled out for the season after fracturing his ankle in the FA Cup against Portsmouth

In the games before the virus shut down football, Arsenal boss Arteta often plumped for Dani Ceballos and Granit Xhaka in central midfield, and the Spaniard also has Matteo Guendouzi to call upon.

Torreira suffered a bad injury in March against Portsmouth in the FA Cup, making his goal of regular football even more difficult to achieve. 

He was virtually ruled out for the rest of the season with an ankle fracture – but could now feature in the remaining games should the campaign be completed over the summer. 

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