Dominic Matteo’s goal towards AC Milan within the Champions League has change into a part of Leeds’ folklore and Eirik Bakke has revealed the way it occurred
Eirik Bakke has revealed how a night in town was behind Dominic Matteo’s famous Champions League goal within the San Siro.
Bakke, Matteo and some of their Leeds team-mates hit the city to have a good time their unimaginable 4-3 win over Liverpool at Elland Road in November 2000 when Mark Viduka scored all 4 objectives.
Boss David O’Leary has not unimpressed when he heard about their night out 4 days earlier than they had been because of play AC Milan and gave Bakke and Matteo a dressing down within the crew lodge.
Matteo scored a goal that night, which has entered Leeds folklore, because the Whites earned a 1-1 draw to assist them progress to the subsequent group stage of the Champions League.
And Bakke joked he scored it as a result of all of them had such an excellent night out.
“When you win games, you go out and celebrate with the boys,” stated the previous Leeds midfielder. “It’s totally different now after all.
“We were together off the pitch and if we won, we went out. That’s the way it was.
“It was in the hotel in Milan where he [O’Leary] took me and Dominic aside. Maybe if Dominic hadn’t gone out that night, he wouldn’t have scored!”
Leeds composed a music in honour of Matteo’s effort and nonetheless sing about him scoring a “f*****g great goal in the San Siro”.
Bakke, 44, who performed at Leeds from 1999 to 2006, claims O’Leary’s nice facet was like Marcelo Bielsa’s crew now.
“I think they’re very similar,” he informed the Official Leeds United Podcast. “The manner Bielsa likes to play is just like the crew I got here to, loads of vitality, loads of tempo.
“We had Harry Kewell, Raphinha now is a similar type of player. Today they have Patrick Bamford, we had Mark Viduka, you have Kalvin Phillips, we had David Batty, you have energy in the team.
“The team then and now play attacking football, which is what the fans want to see.
“I would love to play under Bielsa, that type of high-pressing game. They are not easy to play against and our team was not easy to play against. We were rough, tough and hard.”
Bakke was devastated when that facet was damaged up from 2002 onwards due to what he calls “stupid, stupid” spending by then chairman Peter Ridsdale and the board.
Bakke ultimately needed to depart in 2006 towards his needs as a result of the membership couldn’t afford his wages within the Championship.
“It happened so quickly,” stated the previous Norway midfielder.
“The hardest factor was when all the massive boys left, all one of the best gamers, they stored promoting them on, Rio Ferdinand went.
“We didn’t qualify for the Champions League after which we had been constructing it down.
“You never think about how bad it can go, but eventually the club went down because of the spending, the money, it was stupid, stupid.
“It was tough to see that happen to the club, especially for the fans, seeing the people who work at the club having to go as well. All the staff working there in the laundry, doing the food. It was tough times.
“It was a big club and it was suddenly ripped apart and it’s taken 16 years to come back.”
Bakke, who has managed his hometown membership Sogndal for the final seven years, is delighted to see Leeds again within the Premier League beneath Marcelo Bielsa and is assured they may quickly get well from their poor begin.
“Everybody has to stick with the team,” he stated. “When the injured players come back, Leeds are going to fly up the league.
“When they have their full team back, no team can stop them.”