Published: Sat, May 26, 2018
Culture | By Glenn Strickland

Zinedine Zidane: Real Madrid not feeling like favourites in Champions League final

Zinedine Zidane: Real Madrid not feeling like favourites in Champions League final

Keep up to date with the Champions League final with our live blog on RTÉ Sport online and the News Now App. "For sure, Liverpool are a great team, have had a great season". The next few years will show if he can do something similar [to Messi and Ronaldo] but it is not that easy otherwise more players would have done it.

The Spanish giants have seen the Champions League as their competition ever since winning the first five European Cups in a row, and they are in the midst of another golden era, dreaming of making it a fourth Champions League in five years. "Quite frankly, they're in another orbit". "There are players who are in fashion, those who appear briefly and disappear and others who stay around".

According to a report in Egyptian media, business tycoon Naguib Sawris has announced on Twitter that he will be fasting on Saturday in support for Liverpool player Salah.

"We've done fantastically well to get to this point", Henderson said. Knowing Liverpool as a club, the people I had spoken to about Liverpool also, I knew Liverpool belongs to the Champions League. He helped English players come to Spain, when before they went to Italy.

"At the first half I'd say 2-0, and Mo Salah is definitely going to get a goal in, then Firmino, and at the second half, Mane will certainly get a goal in!"

But both Salah and Ronaldo stand locked on 44 goals for the season in all competitions heading into the final. Salah, who is eight years younger, played eight more than the Portuguese.

"We're just building something and we just hope we get better every year". For Real Madrid, Cristiano Ronaldo is trying to break his own record of goals in a Champions League season.

Another die-hard African Real Madrid fan had this to say to the BBC on the match: "Christiano Ronaldo will never go off a field empty-handed".

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"When you're at this club you can not take your foot off the gas, least of all in this competition", Ronaldo said. "On a personal level it motivates me a lot".

"If you want to compete with them, you have to win nearly all of your games".

Egyptian star footballer Mohamed Salah who represents Liverpool is a devout Muslim and is reported to have observed Ramadan until this weekend.

Real can became the first team since Bayern in 1976 to lift the European Cup three years running, and thereby make it five consecutive titles for Spain.

Asked how he would take the pressure off his players, the German manager said he made a deal with the squad at the start of the season that he was responsible for any defeats, "so they have nothing to lose".

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

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"We have learned from that experience and we can use that as motivation", he said. "That was a big chance'".

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