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Djibril Cissé details Steven Gerrard’s 2005 UCL final half-time speech

Speaking to RMC Sport, Djibril Cissé talks about one of the most momentous moments of his career: Steven Gerrard’s speech at half-time in the Champions’ League final.

“I will never forget Steven Gerrard’s team-talk at half-time during the 2005 Champions’ League final. Benitez comes into the dressing room, he does his coach speech, that we must not give up and that we need to score quickly. Steven gets up and asks all the coaching staff to leave the dressing room, because he wanted to be alone with just the players. All the staff left, even the physios who were giving treatment to the players.”

“Stevie gets up and says that Liverpool is all he has, it is his club, all he has ever known and he does not want to be the laughing stock of the history of the Champions’ League. He says that if we respect him and love him as a captain, then we need to dust ourselves off and get back in the match. He scores the first goal, he gets the penalty. He has an extraordinary second half, finishing the game as a right-back. He has a crazy match – but that half-time speech will remain imprinted in my mind forever.”



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