Champions League: Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp ready for Real Madrid showdown

26 May, 2018, 16:12 | Author: Norman Carr
  • Zidane was a Champions League and World Cup winner as a player

While five-time world player of the year Ronaldo is chasing a record fifth Champions League triumph, and fourth with Real Madrid, Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah is chasing a first. "I hope we can give the club and the supporters, and of course ourselves, the win over Real Madrid", said the Holland global. "We are as fresh as we can be after these two weeks", he said.

They are looking to get the better of a Real Madrid behemoth, which has seen off European giants Paris Saint-Germain, Juventus, and Bayern Munich. "It's another final and we have the same chance of winning it as they do", Zidane told a news conference on Friday.

Speaking about the difficulties he faced in selecting his team, Zidane said yesterday: 'Yes, of course (it's the hardest part).

Slowed down by a five-game suspension for pushing a referee in the Spanish Super Cup against Barcelona back in August, Ronaldo endured a barren spell of only four goals in the first half of the Liga season as Madrid fell way behind runaway leaders and eventual champions Barca.

"To qualify for a final, it shows that you are back".

"Those asking Mohamed Salah to break his fast on the final match day do not understand that firstly he would never do so, and secondly that God will stand by him for holding on to his fast and will appreciate his effort to do so". By beating them we got some confidence and trust between us to achieve something Madrid had been expecting for 32 years.

Pons spoke to Cadena SER programme El Larguero about the final and feels that being tagged as the favourites could work against Real Madrid: "We're high on hope".


Benzema is the ideal partner for Ronaldo, who plays much better when the Frenchman is by his side.

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

Liverpool, who play in England's Premier League, boast two goal-scoring powerhouses in Egypt's Mohamed Salah and Brazil's Roberto Firmino. I saw his team playing a lot of times and it is just fantastic football.

My memories of the 1988 FA Cup final against Wimbledon are painful reminder of how things can go horribly wrong when you least expect it, with the sands of time only slightly dulling my pain after that terrible defeat. "We had the most exceptional run to the final, scoring the most goals".

"I still don't think we have realised the scale of what we are doing, but when all this is over we will".

"But very often in these games when it starts the nerves get the better of you and you start off not wanting to make mistakes".

"He's fine. You have to know something, he lives for games like this", said Zinedine Zidane, who can become the first coach to win three consecutive Champions League titles.

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