Final - Epic Team Battle (Champions League Edition)
AC Milan 2002-2003 vs FC Barcelona 2010-2011
Champions League has given us some really epic moments. The miracle of Istanbul, United’s last-minute victory over Bayern, and also in this seasons where the major comebacks have been standing in line. But what is the most epic team since the start of Champions League? Tough to answer, because most teams have had their eras at different times. You can help us decide in this epic team battle where we’re putting 8 of the best Champions League teams against each other. Only criteria are this: the team needs to have won at least one Champions League title since the 92–93 season, so no European Cup’s is taking into consideration.
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It's time for the final in this epic team battle, so we'll soon find the most epic team in this Champions League special. The first all Italian semi-final was won by the 02/03 AC Milan team against the Inter team from 09/10. The other all Spanish semi-final was won by 10/11 FC Barcelona against 16/17 Real Madrid.
AC Milan 2002-2003:
Carlo Ancelotti was the coach of this epic Italian team, and the stars are really lining up. As always with Italian teams, they were a good tactical side and very structured in defense with people like Paolo Maldini and Alessandro Nesta. Of course, this Milan team also included the living legend, Andrea Pirlo, who later joined exactly Juventus, the team that Milan beat in the Champions League final on penalty. Also up front, they were deadly with Andriy Shevchenko, Filippo Inzaghi and Rivaldo. An abundance of quality and Rivaldo even started the finale on the bench, and is therefore also missing in the ideal lineup.
Titles: Champions League and Coppa Italia
Key Player: Andrea Pirlo
Captain: Paolo Maldini
Manager: Carlo Ancelotti
With Pep Guardiola as manager, this team thrilled everyone with its tiki-taka loving style. No matter you’re personal preferences, if you like football, it was hard not to be amazed by the coherence and style of this team, and when you look at the lineup, it’s easy to see why. Of course, Lionel Messi on top, and as one of the best footballers of all times, he was the x-factor that impressed everyone, but equally important were Iniesta and Xavi at their prime. To top it off they had a solid defensive line build for possession, so much so that they were playing with a defensive midfielder (Mascherano) in central defense, because that’s how much possession they had. Truly amazing, even the Champions League final against Man Utd came out 63% vs 37% in favor of Barcelona.
Titles: La Liga, Champions League and Supercopa de España. They even made it to the final in Copa del Rey but lost to Real Madrid in extra time.
Key Player: Lionel Messi
Manager: Pep Guardiola
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