Former Manchester United player and current BT Sport Pundit Owen Hargreaves was talking to beIN SPORTS: and tells how a fight broke out in a training match the night before the Champions League final.
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“He knew the boys were ready. I remember we did a training game in the stadium in Moscow the day before and we almost had a fight amongst the two teams because the training game was so intense.
“One team lost and everybody was moaning at each other and Sir Alex had to come in and break it up. That’s how it was. Everybody was so competitive about winning.
“Even in a training game, you’d think people didn’t want to get injured but that wasn’t the case. Everybody was just on it. Everybody was so excited for that game.”
Hargreaves on the final and Chelsea: “We knew the Chelsea boys so well, they were obviously playing in the Premier League but with England as well – John Terry, Frank Lampard, Ashley Cole – and I knew Michael Ballack from my Bayern days.
“Then we were meeting up about three days later for a game at Wembley against the USA.
“It’s hard when you get to the Champions League final and it goes down to details like penalties. Somebody has to lose, John Terry slipped, Nicolas Anelka missed, all of a sudden they lose and we win.
“Obviously we were delighted with it and just kept our heads down when we got together with the national team a few days later and tried not to look too happy.”