Milan coach Carlo Ancelotti says the team’s achievement in reaching the Champions League final is “extraordinary” given the problems the club have faced this season.
Last summer Milan were handed an eight-point deduction for their part in the Serie A match-rigging scandal. They were not in the original draw for this season’s Champions League, but were reinstated in to the qualifying rounds on appeal.
Ahead of Wednesday’s final, Ancelotti said: “What we’ve done has been seen by a lot of people, including us, as something extraordinary.
“The pre-season preparation wasn’t good – everything was done in a big rush.
“We’ve deserved to reach this final, perhaps more than any other side because we’ve had points taken off in Serie A.
“If we’re fortunate enough to win this competition it will be more than deserved.
“From a psychological point of view we are certainly very determined. We’ve done great things up to now – and we want to finish this season in real style.”
But Ancelotti played down the suggestion this game was an opportunity to avenge their astonishing 2005 Champions League final defeat to Liverpool on penalties in Istanbul, having led 3-0 at halftime.
“It’s got nothing to do with it,” said Ancelotti, who also won the European Cup with Milan twice as a player.
“That match has been played and was won by Liverpool. This is a new adventure and let’s hope it finishes better.”