Ajax v Juventus: Litmanen on their 1996 final meeting

Jari Litmanen was a tip scorer in a 1995/96 UEFA Champions League with 9 goals, though holders Ajax came adult brief in a final opposite Juventus.

The former Finland forward, now 48, reflects on success and disaster with

On violence AC Milan in a 1995 UEFA Champions League final …

1995 final highlights: Ajax 1-0 Milan

1995 final highlights: Ajax 1-0 Milan

We were unequivocally confident. We knew that we had beaten a reigning champions twice that deteriorate [2-0 home and divided in a organisation stage], and we had played some really good and convincing football. The AC Milan group was full of players who had won several finals and mislaid one. Having such experience, AC Milan was during a opposite turn than we were, though anything can occur in one match.

Patrick [Kluivert] has pronounced this some-more than once when asked: that his idea was one of a ugliest goals of his career, though by distant a many important. Everyone in a group really agrees. Now that time has passed, it feels some-more critical that he got that nauseous goal. It was such a liberating idea for a team. Of course, we had all dreamt of that prize when we were immature children.

On confronting Juventus in a 1996 final …

Jari Litmanen was tip scorer in 1995/96

Jari Litmanen was tip scorer in 1995/96©Getty Images

Marc Overmars got harmed in Dec and he was on a sidelines for a rest of a season. We were never means to totally reinstate him in a Champions League. We didn’t have another actor like that. Michael Reiziger was dangling from a final. He had played consistently for scarcely dual years and was a really critical square of a defence. Kluivert also had a knee injury. He only came behind in time for a final.

It was a 1-1 pull in normal time opposite Juventus. Then there were no goals in additional time and Juventus won on penalties. Some of a normal chastisement takers were missing. We were flattering skinny on a belligerent in that chastisement shoot-out. It is also a ability to be means to take penalties in a shoot-out. The Juventus players remained really calm.

On Ajax’s chances in 2018/19 …

Highlights: Real Madrid 1-4 Ajax

Highlights: Real Madrid 1-4 Ajax

I see a really same signs [with Ajax] as a early 90s and mid-90s and also a early 2000s. There are gifted immature players in a team, a few some-more gifted players. The final dual years have been really good. A good instance is a Europa League final dual years ago, when Ajax played Manchester United. That season, in fact, was a step brazen internationally and there were signs that a new arise could be ahead.

The strengths of Juventus are well-known. The counterclaim is really tight, there are several really trained players defensively and adult front they have some-more than one actor able of scoring. Of course, each time Cristiano Ronaldo plays in any team, he will be a concentration and positively not though reason. Goals confirm matches, and Cristiano Ronaldo can measure goals wherever he plays.

It is apparently a opposite time, though of march my heart is with Ajax. we can remember Ajax’s story from utterly distant back. In 1973 Ajax won a European Cup final 1-0 [against Juventus]. In 1996 Ajax mislaid to Juve in a final and in 1997 we also mislaid [against them] in a semis. These dual clubs have story in large encounters. Juventus are really a favourites. They have most some-more knowledge in these kinds of matches.

Ajax have, however, shown that when all goes well, they have lots of possibilities and we might get utterly an even tie. Of course, we wish that Ajax go through.

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