Liverpool, Real Madrid set to clash in Champions League title game

Doug Mendoza
May 26, 2018

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They're relaxed in Real Madrid before this final.

"So I just want to wish Zizou, the boss, the president, the club good luck in the Champions League final and please beat Liverpool, please!"

Such confidence is hardly misplaced, mind: Zidane the Manager stands on the verge of winning a third straight Champions League title in as many seasons of senior management, having made the seemingly impossible look impossibly easy so far.

Los Blancos could become the first side since Bayern Munich did it from 1973-76 to win Europe's top club competition three years in succession.

"I have never been twice in a row to a Champions League final", said Klopp, who led Borussia Dortmund to the 2013 final where they were defeated by Bundesliga rivals Bayern Munich. You see Real Madrid playing against different teams and you think, "Wow - they are really strong". It meant the bench was very rich; we had many players who could come to play well.

Cristiano Ronaldo's cameraman Real Madrid

The Reds' forward-line is one of the most unsafe in Europe, with the trio of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane offering pace, penetration and power, combining to score lots of goals. I was very happy that he could sign, and proud [for him] because later Michael Owen came, Jonathan Woodgate came.

Salah's tally of 44 goals has elevated him to a new level, but Ramos, the Real Madrid captain, said that it was wrong to compare him to two players who have performed at the highest level for more than a decade. Juve were the favourites and we knew that we needed to upgrade our level to go against them and win.

This year's tournament concludes with a match between reigning champions Real Madrid and English side Liverpool.

None of Klopp's players have appeared in a Champions League final before. There is no model for success - it's the way you improve yourself to be better and better.

Real Madrid have relied on Ronaldo to get them through big games for as long as any of us can remember and that is why I expect their coach Zinedine Zidane to encourage his star man to attack young Trent Alexander-Arnold and put him under real pressure.

The match is a battle between two historically great Champions League teams, one that is trying to rewrite history with their dominance in the modern era, while the other tries to fight their way back to glory in a competition they have a glorious past in.

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