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MI­LAN 4 BARCELONA 0 Fi­nal, 1993-94

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“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.

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