Croatian midfielder Luka Modric said that Real Madrid will play the Champions League final against Liverpool next Saturday, May 28, with great confidence, and will rely on his extensive experience in major confrontations, despite acknowledging that he is not a favorite candidate in the match.
Real Madrid is in the Champions League final for the fifth time since 2014, and after winning the last 7 finals it has played since 1998, the Spanish team will seek to achieve its 14th title, to enhance its record, in a repeat of the 2018 edition final when it defeated Liverpool 3-1 in Kyiv.
“We have a lot of experience in this competition,” Modric told BT Sport on Thursday (May 26). “Some players have played 4 Champions League finals. Now we are lucky to be in the fifth final. We have to be normal like every season.” He added, “There is no candidate in the final. Liverpool are a great team, they had a great season, won two trophies, fought for the league until the end… There is no candidate, but we have great confidence.”
Real Madrid won three consecutive finals between 2016 and 2018 under the leadership of French coach Zinedine Zidane. Modric said coach Carlo Ancelotti, who helped the Spanish team win the Champions League for the tenth time in 2014 and lead the team to the finals this season, has not changed much.
The Croatian continued: “What we love about him is his personality, his humility, how he talks to the players, how he deals with us. When someone like him is next to you, you do more on the field, that’s why Carlo is a special coach, and he is one of the best coaches in the world of football Until now”.
It is noteworthy that Real Madrid lost a round in every match it played in the knockout stages against Paris Saint-Germain, Chelsea and Manchester City, but it fought to reach the final, winning by a single goal difference on aggregate in each round.
On this, Ancelotti said: “We are a strong team, the mental side is very good. With the character and experience of this team, you cannot say that he was lucky. I am really proud of the players… I had no problems managing them. Everyone is professional, even those who haven’t played.”
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