Reigning Ballon D’or winner and double-defending European Player of the Year Cristiano Ronaldo has admitted that he would rather face Manchester United than Liverpool in the Champions League final.
In a press conference after Open Media Day training, when every Madrid player was fit and available, Ronaldo also spoke about how the current Liverpool front three remind him of Real’s opening season with BBC on the squad.
“Finals are always special occasions. I would have preferred it to be Manchester United, said the former Red Devil.
He added: “Liverpool remind me of the Real Madrid team of a few years ago, with three quick forwards up front. It doesn’t matter which team you face.
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“I don’t think it will be easy though, they have qualified on merit. I think Real Madrid are a better team, but we have to demonstrate this in the match.”
Real Madrid will go up against the Anfield side at Kiev on Saturday in a bid to win their 3rd successive Champions League and 4th in the last 5 years. The 12-time European champions made it through a Murderer’s Row of opponents in the knockout stages.
Their round of 16 fixture was against the red-hot PSG, but Los Merengues tamed the Parisian club with a 5-2 aggregate scoreline. Real went up against Juventus next, just about getting past them 4-3 after a spirited comeback from the Old Lady in the second leg at the Bernabeu.
Their toughest challenge was against German royalty Bayern Munich in the semi-final stages. Having initially won the first leg at the Allianz 2-1, they gained a 4-2 aggregate lead with 44 minutes of the second half remaining.
But Bayern tested them to the limit, and they could have secured progression to the Final with Thomas Muller right at the final touch, but it wasn’t to be.
Now, with all of their players fit for the final, and given Liverpool’s record in recent cup finals, Madrid are definitely the favourites heading into the exciting game.