Michael Carrick recalls 2008 Champions League Final shoot-out

by Alex Turk

Michael Carrick has looked back on the 2008 UEFA Champions League Final as one of the worst things he has ever done, despite it turning out to be the pinnacle of his long career.

Frank Lampard cancelled out Cristiano Ronaldo’s opener in the first ever all-English final between Manchester United and Chelsea which ended 1-1, meaning penalties were required to determine the winners.

After a tense shoot-out, in which John Terry infamously slipped and missed the penalty that would’ve won the illustrious trophy, United, of course, came out winners to achieve their third European triumph.

Commenting on his thoughts and feelings throughout that penalty shoot-out with Mike Ogden for a feature on ESPN, Carrick said: “Yeah, that was one of the worst things I’ve ever done. The worst thing, I’d say. The feeling before that, you wouldn’t wish it on anyone.”

The 36-year-old is retiring as a player this summer and will join Jose Mourinho’s coaching staff ahead of the 2018-19 season, and is happy he won’t have to take such an important penalty again by the sounds of things.

He continued: “It’s hard enough watching [penalties] because you’re on edge. But having to actually get yourself in the frame of mind to take one, in the back of your mind knowing the consequences if you miss, it’s a tough place to be. Thankfully, we got our hands on the trophy.”

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