As Nicolas Anelka stepped up to take a penalty in sudden death, he looked like he already knew he would be collecting a Runners Up medal. Edwin Van der Sar knew exactly where he was going to put the penalty and let Anelka know it, pointing in the opposite corner, daring him to change his tactic last minute. Anelka didn’t change his mind though, Van der Sar saved the penalty, and United were Champions of Europe again.
United will face Chelsea in the Champions League quarter-final but despite the familiarity, Anelka doesn’t believe this is a good draw for the blues.
“We know them but I don’t think it’s a good draw because they are a good team and difficult to beat with a lot of quality players,” Anelka said. “But, if you want to win the Champions League you have to beat good teams. These two games with Manchester United will feel like Premier League games, we have already played them in so many games so these will be the same, and we will just have to see what happens.”