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Milan coach Carlo Ancelotti says the Rossoneri have used the controversy to its advantage.
"What we've done this time has been seen by a lot of people, including us, as something extraordinary -- to have got here after all the difficulties we've had to face," he said. "From a psychological point of view, we are certainly very determined. We've done great things up to now -- and we want to finish this season in real style."
Milan has added incentive: revenge for its loss to Liverpool two years ago on penalty kicks after blowing a 3-0 halftime lead.
"It still hurts, but I'm sure Liverpool know that they will never win a match like that again," said captain Paolo Maldini, who is aiming to win his fifth European crown with Milan. "Now we've got a chance to write another great page in our history."
Milan's dominating performance against EPL champion Manchester United again gives it the edge going into Wednesday's final, according to Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez.
"I would say they will be more difficult to beat this time," he said. "They have more balance, they have good, experienced defenders and are really strong in midfield."
Liverpool: 25-Reina; 3-Finnan, 5-Agger, 23-Carragher, 6-Riise; 8-Gerrard, 20-Mascherano, 14-Xabi Alonso (or 16-Pennant), 32-Zenden; 15-Crouch, 18-Kuyt.
AC Milan: 1-Dida; 44-Oddo, 13-Nesta, 3-Maldini, 18-Jankulovski; 8-Gattuso, 21-Pirlo, 23-Ambrosini, 10-Seedorf; 22-Kaka, 11-Gilardino.
Referee: Herbert Fandel (Germany).