Fernando Morientes, a former Real Madrid player, recalled winning the Merengues' eighth Champions League in 1999/00, when they beat Valencia in the final, in Paris, 3-0, and he himself scored the first goal of the match . But, the story that took place a few hours before the game is what captures the interest of this interview.
"On the bus ride from the hotel to the stadium I was worried about a friend of mine. I had left him three tickets at the hotel reception, but someone must have seen me leaving them and stole them. My poor fellow had to resort to resale. He sent me messages … But at least it served to distract me and abstract me from the nerves of the final ", he told 'El Mundo'.
But this form of detail is enough for a player to forget that he is going to play one of the greatest games of his career, it also helps to explain, as Morientes himself admitted, Real Madrid's success in that final, against a team from Valencia full of big names.
"Our experience was noticeable. But we must remember that they had scored five goals for Lazio and five for Barça in the semi-finals. They had a great team: Cláudio López, Mendieta, Cañizares, Djukic, Angloma …", recalled the former striker.
Morientes also recalled another detail that may well have made all the difference in that game and has precisely to do with the disposition with which these matches are faced.
"We realized that they were nervous the previous afternoon. At the end of training, at the stadium, we met on the way and saw that they were crestfallen, with a strange pallor. Redondo detected this immediately and told us in the dressing room:« Did you see it? We have to take advantage of this. ”Playing a Champions League final for the first time is hard for anyone, even for a super team like Valencia," he revealed.