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Or so says this headline from BBC Sport

AC Milan midfielder Rino Gattuso has launched a stinging attack on Liverpool's "long ball" tactics ahead of the Champions League final.

Taunt? Sounds like a fair comment to me. And he goes on to say:

Gattuso, 29, who played in the 2005 final defeat in Istanbul, dismissed Liverpool as an inferior side to semi-final opponents Manchester United.

He said: "I feel there is a noticeable difference in talent between Manchester United and Liverpool.

"Liverpool are like an Italian team of 10 years ago. Every ball a long ball."

He added: "All they try to do is defend with everybody behind the ball and one striker.

"United have far more technical players, who are quick and able to do things on the ball. Liverpool do not have those individuals."

And Gattuso set his sights on revenge for 2005, when Liverpool came from 3-0 down at half-time to win on penalties.

He said: "This final will be different - that I promise. It is important to put the record straight."

Can't argue with that.

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If I was his manager I wouldn't be too happy he made those remarks as that will just serve to fire Liverpool up even more. Gattuso will look very stupid now if Liverpool manage to win again. I still think Milan lost the last final because they had the arrogance to believe it was all over at half time. They took over their most potent striker (Crespo) at half time and thought they could just coast to victory with some Ole football. Meanwhile Liverpool brought on Hamann to take Kaka out of the game and an inspired Gerrard performance brought them back the dead.

If Milan approach this game the right way and stay focused throughout the 90 (or 120) minutes they have a great chance of winning but comments like this are not going to help their cause.

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