Conte: Familiar face
news Fri 17 Feb 2017
While the two managers at Molineux tomorrow will be attempting to get the better of each other in a domestic cup competition, 20 years ago their teams met in a huge game on the European stage – the 1997 Champions League final.
The match, which pitted Antonio Conte’s Juventus against Paul Lambert’s Borussia Dortmund, was held at Munich’s Olympiastadion and it was the Germans who lifted the trophy following a 3-1 victory.
The two men would have been up against each other in midfield had it not been for an injury to Conte, which ruled him out of the game. Nevertheless, he remembers the occasion, and Lambert, well.
‘I was recovering from a cruciate ligament injury in my knee,’ Conte recalled. ‘That was one of the three finals I lost and it was against Borussia Dortmund. They were underdogs before the game but they won very well against us.
‘The coach of Wolverhampton is Paul Lambert and he played this game. He was a good player, a good midfielder, I remember him very well.
‘We lost a bad game. Before we played the game we were favourites. I remember Borussia Dortmund had a lot of former Juventus players – Jan Kohler, Paulo Sousa, Andreas Moller – and they won the game and played very well.
‘Revenge is not a good word. Now we’ve started a new career, myself and Lambert, as coaches and I wish him the best after this game.
‘Tomorrow is important for us and Wolves because we know the importance of the FA Cup for our fans and all of the English people. For me, it will be a great pleasure to shake his hand.’