As the stage is set to have the 2018 Champions League final clash between Real Madrid and Liverpool at the Kyiev stadium in Ukraine tonight, Sport Intelligence (www.sportintelligencemag.com) brings you notable quotes from the two managers who will be at the dugouts tonight as presented by uefa.com
Zinédine Zidane, Real Madrid coach
Football is simple. There are two teams and you need to understand the opponent can hurt you and control that. Then when you have the ball you need to try to do them harm with your style of play. We’re not favourites, nor are they. It’s 50-50 as finals always are. We’re happy to be here and play another final. We’ll never live this again. We’ll live other moments but we’ll never have today and tomorrow again. We need to take advantage. If there’s pressure, well, that’s life. It makes it better.
We had an agreement when we started working together that I’m responsible for any defeats, the boys are responsible for when we win. So they have nothing to lose. Experience is very important and I’m pretty sure a second before the game Madrid will be more confident than us. But it doesn’t matter because the game doesn’t stop there, it only starts. They’ve not played us and we are Liverpool – not only a good football team, but we have in our DNA to go for big things.
Real Madrid: Navas; Carvajal, Varane, Ramos, Marcelo; Casemiro, Kroos, Modrić, Isco; Ronaldo, Bale
Liverpool: Karius; Alexander-Arnold, Van Dijk, Lovren, Robertson; Henderson, Milner, Wijnaldum; Mané, Firmino, Salah
Out: Oxlade-Chamberlain (knee ligaments), Gomez (ankle), Matip (thigh)
Doubtful: Emre Can (back)