MILAN 4 BARCELONA 0 Final, 1993-94
“You’re better than them,” Barça coach Johan Cruyff told his team as they took to the field. “You are going to win.” His players, who’d won the trophy two years earlier and four consecutive La Ligas, took him at his word. “We had far too much confidence,” right-back Albert Ferrer told FFT. “We thought it would be easy and if we played to 60 or 70 per cent, we would win.”
Centre-back Miguel Angel Nadal recalls the squad thinking they were “guaranteed” to win, especially with Europe’s deadliest forwards – Hristo Stoichkov and Romario – upfront.
Fabio Capello had got other ideas, though. Able to “relax” because Cruyff didn’t select Michael Laudrup, having reached UEFA’S foreigner limit, the Rossoneri nullified Barcelona’s supply line with Marcel Desailly a midfield destroyer. He also scored the last goal in an emphatic victory. Daniele Massaro netted two but it was playmaker Dejan Savicevic who stole the show.
“Without question, Dejan is the player with whom I had the most rows,” admitted Capello back in 2008. “He hardly trained, and whenever he was on the pitch everybody else had to work twice as hard, but he was an exceptional talent.”
The Yugoslav’s 47th-minute lob was the sort of goal that Barcelona would score. Cruyff’s Dream Team were never the same again.