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Quarter-Final 1 - Epic Team Battle (Champions League edition)

Manchester United 1998-1999 vs Inter Milan 2009-2010

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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Manchester United 1998–1999:

This is without a doubt my favorite Machester United team under Alex Ferguson. With almost 600 club games in goal, 129 caps and surprisingly 10 goals, Peter Schmeichel definitely was one of the best goalkeepers in the 90’s, and maybe the best in Manchester United history. The midfield is also something of a revelation, with the one-club players Scholes, Giggs who was the leading players for Man Utd for a decade, and of course the famous and infamous duo in front — Yorke and Cole. I remember seeing those guys as a kid and just thinking wow. Their collaboration was incredible, finding each other blind all over the pitch.


Titles: The first English side to ever win the treble: Premier League, Champions League and the FA Cup.


Key player: Dwight Yorke


Captain: Peter Schmeichel


Manager: Alex Ferguson


Ideal Lineup:


Inter Milan 2009–2010:

Back when Mourinho was still the special one, he coached this fantastic Internazionale team. Very solid foundation in the back with an all Argentinian-Brazillian defensive line, where it’s hard to say which was better. This was also a team with Sneijder and Milito at the peak in their career, and as a tactician, this was definitely when Mourinho was at an all-time high. On their way to the final, where they beat Bayern Munich with 2–0, they went through Chelsea, CSKA Moscow and Barcelona, after finishing behind the latter in the group stage.


Titles: Also a treble for this Inter team with Serie A, Champions League and Coppa Italia.


Key Player Samuel Eto’o


Captain: Javier Zanetti


Manager: José Mourinho


Ideal Lineup:


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