Friday April 30 2021
Shevchenko’s Liverpool nightmare

In the second part of his interview, Andriy Shevchenko says he had nightmares after the Champions League Final lost against Liverpool in 2005 and insisted joining Chelsea was the right decision.

The former Ukraine international won two Champions League with Milan, but lost one in 2005 against Liverpool.

It was of the most incredible Champions League Finals ever as the Reds recovered from three goals down in the second half to win on penalties.

“In the following three months, I would wake up screaming during the night,” the former striker said.

“Sometimes I still think about it, many of my teammates never wanted to watch that game again, while I know it by heart. Liverpool had a chance out of 100 and they didn’t give up, credit to them.”

Shevchenko recalled a Champions League derby against Inter.

“I had to play the game with five metal plates in the cheekbone because of an injury I had suffered months before.

“Inside the tunnel, Materazzi told me not pleasant things about what would have happened to my face and I replied by laughing at him.

“It was not because I was arrogant, but because I knew he wasn’t like that in real life. We are all part of a show, and he had to play his part.

“Besides, people who tried to intimidate me often forgot where I came from.”

Shevchenko left Milan in 2009 to join Chelsea.

“Galliani and Berlusconi tried to keep hold of me in every way they could.

“Milan was my home, but Abramovic had been trying to sign me for three years. I took my revenge against Liverpool, but with Chelsea, it didn’t go well. However, I don’t think that it was a mistake.”