Jubilant AC Milan coach Carlo Ancelotti hailed his side’s sixth European Cup triumph at Old Trafford last night and cried: “It’s party time”.
Ancelotti was forced to sweat on the touchline as his team emerged victorious from their all-Italian showdown with Juventus thanks to a dramatic 3-2 penalty shoot-out win.
It completed a remarkable double for Ancelotti, who won the trophy with Milan as a player and is now able to lead the celebrations in his first season as coach.
Ukrainian striker Andrei Shevchenko emerged the hero by slotting home the final penalty, although goalkeeper Didi also deserved plenty of praise for keeping out three Juventus efforts, including David Trezeguet’s opener which meant the pre-match favourites never got their noses in front.
It completed an unhappy end to a disappointing evening for Juve, who lost key men Igor Tudor and Edgar Davids to injury and were without influential playmaker Pavel Nedved through suspension.
“It’s party time,” said Ancelotti.
“To win the Champions League so early in my coaching career is a dream come true. I love Milan and while I might get linked with other jobs I am really happy here.
" I am so pleased we can add this trophy to the ones the club has already won.”