Further observations from the Champions League match that ended many, many hours ago.
I've finally watched the match properly and I would like to reconfirm what I've said in the previous match report, Liverpool was indeed more aggressive, especially in the first half, and Milan was under pressure most of the time. Actually, in the first half Milan was a bit sloppy but they improved in the second half. I think Milan defenders managed to frustrate Liverpool players in the second half.
From watching the match, I also managed to find out why Pippo was called Man of the Match and not, say, Kaka. There were several occasions throughout the match where Pippo had the ball, got surrounded by 3 Liverpool defenders at the same time and there was no Milan teammate AT ALL near him. So he was like a lone wolf (or should I say "lion"? XD) up there. And the distance he covered during the game was AMAZING! According to ESPN, it was more than 10000 meters. All by himself. O__o;; So that meant he kept running from one side to the other a lot. He looked drained when he was substituted but, wow, that was amazing.
I heard the commentators say, "He's been working very hard. When you work hard, sometimes you get rewarded. And he has been rewarded tonight." Couldn't agree more. Pippo's just so involved in the game. Whether he's running to cover his teammate's back so that when there's an opportunity for a pass he can receive it (which none of the Milan players actually did for him on the final) or simply knowing how to be there at the right place and at the right time, Pippo works hard indeed.
(And can you believe he's 33? XD)
So, it really is no wonder that Pippo is MotM and gets a point above everyone else from various publications and websites. He really deserved that. BRAVO, PIPPO! FORZA, PIPPO!!!