Madrid not feeling like favourites in final - Zidane

Madrid not feeling like favourites in final - Zidane

Madrid not feeling like favourites in final - Zidane

Ronaldo, 33, leads the competition's scoring charts for a remarkable fifth year in a row and a goal against Liverpool in Kiev will see him surpass Di Stefano and become the only player to score in four European Cup finals.

Klopp's grip on the Liverpool job will not be impacted by Saturday's result but victory would put the brakes on a run of five cup finals losses, including in the 2013 Champions League decider to Bayern Munich while Borussia Dortmund manager.

However, the manner in which they have dismantled teams this season - "big b-- football" according to Klopp - is further evidence they are a force to be reckoned with and one defending champions Real Madrid will be wary of.

Experience means his team have to be the outsiders in Kiev - none of the squad have ever played in a Champions League final before - but Klopp knows Zinedine Zidane's side can not dismiss them.

"Religion is private, that is how I understand it, so nothing to say about that", he stated.

Zidane, meanwhile, is on the brink of a third straight Champions League win as a coach.

In 1998, Karembeu was part of the Madrid team that triumphed in the Champions League for the first time since 1966 - against Zidane's Juventus, no less. "He's shown that this year and he's got a great chance to show that over the next few years as Ronaldo and Messi have done, but the day after tomorrow!" "No manager is interested in that - we are only interested in performing", the Liverpool manager said when asked about the Ballon d'Or at his pre-final press conference.

A master like Ronaldo has a real presence that can intimidate opponents and they he will look at a teenage full-back and fancy his chances of getting at him, but Liverpool should be ready for that and young Trent has to be able to deal with it.

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"Any player who arrived at this club they want to play in these games, they want to be under this kind of pressure, they want to get trophies".

"I have no clue how it will feel when I go to the next final".

The biggest mistake that Madrid can make is to take Liverpool lightly and if they're not right on top of their game from the first whistle, they could well find themselves two or three goals behind before they get going. "I've had an unbelievable season in the Champions League", said Ronaldo, who has scored a record 120 goals in the competition overall.

"I am excited to see Naby Keita join the club this summer [from RB Leipzig] and I can only promise our supporters that we will continue to improve the squad", Werner told the Liverpool Echo.

There is so much speed and goals in both teams; Mo Salah has scored over 40 with Liverpool this season; then there is Sadio Mané and Roberto Firmino, who have had a lot of consistency.

"We have learned from that experience and we can use that as motivation", he said.

"I don't think we need that moment [of victory] to restore it".

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