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'I saw the Virgin Mary in person' - Gattuso still scarred by AC Milan's 2005 collapse against Liverpool

5:16 PM WAT 05/09/2022
Gennaro Gattuso Valencia 2022-23
Gennaro Gattuso says that he was so shaken by AC Milan's defeat to Liverpool in the 2005 Champions League final that he saw the Virgin Mary.
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WHAT HAPPENED? AC Milan were 3-0 up against the Reds at half-time in the 2005 final in Istanbul, only to see their opponents score three times in the second half and then go on to win in a penalty shootout. Gattuso brought up that result when discussing his frustration with his Valencia players despite a 5-1 win over Getafe on Sunday, arguing that they took their foot off the gas late in the match.

WHAT THEY SAID: Gattuso told reporters: "I've lost a Champions League final that I was winning 3-0 against Liverpool and I saw the Virgin Mary in person. I think that in football you have to respect it and always be at your best."

THE BIGGER PICTURE: Gattuso cited the Virgin Mary in a popular Italian phrase to express anger at the situation. The Italian coach knows better than anyone that no lead is safe.

AND WHAT'S MORE: Gattuso was annoyed by his players because they conceded a late goal against Getafe and saw Ilaix Moriba sent off with two yellow cards as they went on to claim a second La Liga win of the season.

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WHAT NEXT FOR VALENCIA? Valencia will be out to secure a third La Liga victory on Saturday when they take on Rayo Vallecano in their next match.