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UEFA Cup Final, Dortmund - Quotes
Before the Match
Antonio Karmona, Alaves Captain
"I was always a Liverpool fan when I was a kid, watching and admiring players like Ian Rush, Kenny Dalglish and Graeme Souness. I've always liked English football, with its commitment, solidity, strength and also its fair play and Liverpool were the epitome of that for me."
Jordi Cruyff, Alaves
"In Spain, people are convinced we can win, fans feel it is our cup, they have seen us beating big teams in the last two years, playing well and getting results. So why not now?"
"We know Liverpool fans will not put up with their team playing like they did against Barcelona. They will have to take the initiative and we are very dangerous in the counter-attack. We will run like never before and put pressure on all of Liverpools players. We will get after them! And if we keep a clean sheet, we will win the final."
Jose Manuel Esnal MANÉ, Alaves Coach
"There is no chance at all of us being intimidated by Liverpool, or freezing on the night. We're going to give our heart and soul for this title. We're ready to show the world of football that small clubs can be successful too. We're ready to make some history."
"When you get through to a final the two teams both deserve to be there and both have an equal chance"
"First of all, I would like to dedicate the victory to the team behind our team.
Our medical and technical staff have been superb throughout the season and you don't get
anywhere without them.
"It has not really sunk in yet what we have accomplished. It was a great
achievement and what a season we have had. We only had to look back to the final against
Arsenal last Saturday to know that we had it in us, and I think we played much better
today than against Arsenal.
"It is unbelievable to win in the last minute. But we were ahead three times in
the match and we deserved to win. After we went up 2-0 I thought that the game was over,
but it was a very difficult game mentally.
"It's a fantastic feeling. We really wanted to do the treble and go down in
history and it was an amazing game.
"This is obviously the best Liverpool team that I've played in as we have achieved
"I feel very sorry for Alavés as they had an unebelievable season. But we have
beaten FC Porto, Barcelona and Roma, so you can't lose in the final to Alavés, in all due
Jose Manuel Esnal MANÉ, Deportivo Alavés head coach:
"We knew what Liverpool were capable of, and what they have achieved. We tried to
take the initiative, but when we were cut down to nine men, we no longer had the script in
Dan Eggen, Deportivo Alavés