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Quarter-Final 2 - Epic Team Battle (Champions League Edition)

AFC Ajax 1994-1995 vs AC Milan 2002-2003

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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AFC Ajax 1994-1995:

This invincible Ajax team went through the whole season only losing one match, and that was in extra time in the cup tournament. If you look at the lineup, you’re not in doubt why this team was so good. Living legends like Frank de Boer, Edwin van der Sar and Frank Rijkaard - this team was just so packed with home-grown talent, which is what we’ve since come to expect from Ajax. It was a hard-working Ajax team which won their only Champions League trophy so far (not counting their 3 European Cups in the early ‘70s). Also, at the coach position they had some home-grown talent because as he also did as a player, this was also where Louis van Gaal kicked off his career as a coach.

Titles: Eredivisie, Champions League and the Johan Cruyff Shield

Key Player: Ronald de Boer

Captain: Danny Blind

Manager: Louis van Gaal

Ideal Lineup:

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 the ideal lineup:

Titles: Champions League and Coppa Italia

Key Player: Andrea Pirlo

Captain: Paolo Maldini

Manager: Carlo Ancelotti

Ideal Lineup:

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