Snoozefest Or Defensive Master Class? w/ Laura Bradburn

What happens when an immovable object meets another immovable object? Well we found out just that having re-watched the Champions League final 2002/03. An All-Italian affair, contested between Juventus and Milan, one could have expected a rather tepid offensive output. Beauty however is in the eye of the beholder and so we honed in on the defensive genius of Maldini, Gattuso & Co.

Trying to help us make sense of the state of calcio around ’02/03 was Laura Bradburn. Check out her blog The Counter Press and follow her on Twitter.

Minutes after the jump:

  • 0:01:30 Memories of 90’s, early ’00s calcio
  • 0:05:30 Where does the season 2002/03 fit in?
  • 0:13:00 Milan’s style of play, Rui Costa
  • 0:24:00 Squad depth at Milanello
  • 0:28:30 What were Juve about?
  • 0:39:00 Quick aside on Inter
  • 0:45:30 Memories of the ’02/03 final
  • 0:52:00 Part 2; Memories of English teams in ’02/03 CL
  • 0:59:30 Serie A on the up-tick again?
  • 1:07:00 How the teams got to the final
  • 1:19:45 Expectations before re-watching
  • 1:26:00 Shevshenko’s opener called back
  • 1:32:45 Milan on the front foot
  • 1:39:30 More injuries than shots for Juve
  • 1:47:30 On the brilliance of Maldini, Nesta, Inzaghi
  • 1:57:45 Penalties & Awards
  • 2:06:40 A combined best XI
  • 2:15:00 Do you need an old-school destroyer nowadays?

About Sebastian

Sebastian writes and talks about football of all eras in German and English. His series of Retro Match Reports focus on British, German and Italian football history. For YYFP he is currently working his way through the late '70s and early '80s. Follow Sebastian on Twitter: @maltacalcio.

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