– (laughs) The truth is that, to be lateral, I liked to throw the spout, because nobody expected it. I had the conviction and the competitiveness to play until the last second. It was always said of this team that if he went ahead, it was very difficult to overcome him. We were a very strong team when it came to working.-And that was the sentence …-Yes, because with the 3-1, if they made us 2-0 at the Camp Nou we were out. I was sure we were going to the final.-The return was a procedure (2-1) for everyone except you …-Yes, I played that game with a little fear. If I saw a card I would not play the final. There was a moment during the week that Cúper told me: ‘If you don’t play, the better’. And I told him how could he not play. We decided to play to see how the game was going, at least the first part … And they took it from me. I was already 35 years old and I thought ‘When are we going to return to a final?’ So a year later I still pissed off a little more. We had met Manchester United, Arsenal, Lazio, Barcelona … it was not luck. But the second year everyone is waiting for you. They said: ‘these are not bad’. We were no longer deceiving anyone. The following year it was more difficult.NAVARRO / MONTESINOS / FONTCUBERTA ‘); return false; “class =” item-multimedia “>The scorers: Piojo, Angulo and Mendieta.NAVARRO / MONTESINOS / FONTCUBERTA -How was the game?-Then it was thought that playing the first leg at home was more difficult. Over time, I think it has been shown to be the other way around. Today the teams always want to score away from home. That match was very tense. Angulo scored at the beginning. Luckily, we had Piojo, who always showed off against Barcelona.-What happened in the 92nd minute of that match, already 3-1?-It was a very nice action of mine on the left wing, with a spout to Simao and a pass behind to the Louse that marked the fourth. I thought it would be 85 minutes or so. Was it 92 ‘? Notice. I think this goal gave us security. After 4-1, even if we had to go to the Camp Nou, I was sure that we were going to pass.NAVARRO / MONTESINOS / FONTCUBERTA ‘); return false; “class =” item-multimedia “>Carboni and Piojo López.NAVARRO / MONTESINOS / FONTCUBERTA –For an Italian winger, 3-1 at 92 ‘in the first leg, it is normal not to go beyond midfield. And you went for Simao, threw a pipe at him and gave the goal pass. What went through your mind at the time? -What do you remember about Mestalla on that day?Mestalla busted every Champions League game. It was a final every day. As we went by, people became more excited. There were no tickets. The club asked us 15 days before for the tickets we needed. It was a tremendous illusion for the club and the city.-That day they certified the pass to the first final of the Valencia Champions League. What was the mistake in the final?-It was not a mistake by anyone. During the week there were people injured, Kily was injured … It was our first time in the most important match in Europe. And we collapse a little at head level. We lost our strength. If you watch the game, Madrid looked like Valencia in the semifinal and we did nothing. I think it was a question of head.Do you think that the current Valencia needs a Cúper?-Each time has its way of playing, its footballers … but there is always a part that could fit. We played very backlash, very Italian from the 80s. It is not easy to compare what happened 20 years ago to what happens now. It is difficult to say.-How do you see the return to football?– it will be a strange situation but I believe that obligatory. If we don’t play again we will lose a billion. There are almost 200,000 people working in Spanish football … And not playing again would be … I think everything will end, including the Champions League, in one way or another, before August 31st. But of course, in a different way. Whoever wins will surely be happy, but this happiness cannot be shared. It will be a title for club and players, for books, but not being able to share a trophy with your people takes away all the flavor. However, it must end.-If you end up playing what will be the key?-One of the keys will be the rule of the five changes. Avoiding injury will be important. Everything will be approximate. You cannot speak of a 100% competition. The number of players in the squad will also be important. A lot of replacement will be needed.-How do you see Florenzi, another famous Romanist from Valencia?-He was not lucky with what happened. He wanted to reach the Euro Cup, he really wants to be in the Italian team. When he returns, he has to be important in Valencia to return to the national team. Amedeo Carboni (Arezzo, 1965) was one of the strong men of Valencia by Héctor Cúper that reached for the first time in history, the Champions League final. Along the way they eliminated several greats. Among them, Van Gaal’s Barcelona, which fell 4-1 at Mestalla. It was May 2, 2000, 20 years ago today. The Italian remembers with AS, from his confinement, that day when Mestalla was very happy.– How is confinement living?-The truth is that seeing the panorama that exists in the whole world, we cannot complain. It is time to be locked up at home and when you are healthy, it is the most important thing.-What is of your life?-I live in barcelona. Years ago I have a company of BrandingValencian, which is called Molcaworld. We have worked with practically all the stadiums in Spain: Mestalla, the Wanda Metropolitano, the Pizjuán, the Rosaleda … Now we are expanding not only in Europe but in Latin America …-2 May 2000. Already 20 years ago that Valencia-Barcelona, Champions …-What a semifinal! A very nice memory. It was our first Champions League after a long time. And we were very close to the end. It was against a Spanish team, the ‘Super Barcelona’. Having arrived there, with all the happiness that people had, was already a lot. I remember the week of the game, the people who were in Paterna. You almost spent more time signing autographs than training lasted. It was awesome fun for the hobby. People enjoyed it more than we did.-They came to beat Lazio 5-2 in the quarterfinals …-Lazio was the team to beat. A global super team, not because of the experience in Champions as a team but of impressive players, of world level. And we put five of them in quarters. And for a Romanist like me … I confess that I played that game with the Roma shirt underneath that of Valencia (laughs).– That Valencia played by heart?-It was a Valencia that knew how to play. We never changed our attitude against any team. At home perhaps we attacked more but our attitude was always to play the counterattack. We had a lot of strength, fast people upstairs and quality people in the center of the field. Because when you run upstairs you have to put the ball in front of you, with quality. Then it was a mix of young and old people. The adjective that most identified that team was ‘competitive’.