Paolo Maldini insists revenge will not dominate Milan’s thoughts ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League final with Liverpool.
Two years ago Milan blew a three-goal half-time lead in Istanbul against Liverpool before losing in a penalty shoot-out.
The clubs meet again in Athens in midweek, but Maldini says the 2005 showdown is focused solely on winning this year’s competition.
“I don’t want to think about revenge, I just want to look forward,” Maldini told Sky Sports News. “I want to win another Champions League.
“We’re playing against Liverpool, it’s true, but that final has been two years ago, so this is the past.”
Milan could pick field up to eight of the players who started in 2005 for Wednesday’s match and Maldini feels there is no difference between the two teams.
He added: “No, I don’t think it’s a better side (now). We still have almost the same team and almost the same players.
“One thing will never change for Milan, for the club – that’s the mentality and the philosophy of playing.”
Maldini singled out Steven Gerrard as the opposition’s danger man.
“They do great things when they play in a one-on-one match, so they’re very dangerous,” continued the Italian.
“I believe the coach is very good to prepare for that kind of match.
“I believe that the captain, Gerrard, is the best player of Liverpool. He can be very dangerous.”