Zidane's squad draw inspiration form Real Madrid's basketball team

Zidane's squad draw inspiration form Real Madrid's basketball team

Real Madrid left-back Marcelo has said he has "nothing to prove to anybody" ahead of Saturday's Champions League final against Liverpool.

Liverpool, who won the last of their five European Cups in Istanbul in 2005, did not even compete in Europe last season, leaving Klopp's team without the Champions League pedigree of Zinedine Zidane's squad.

"Comparing players with Ronaldo and Messi is something you can't do", Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos said on Friday.

"How can I know [the importance of Real's experience]?" "This is attractive. This is my passion, I've always been a good competitor, I like to compete and behind all that is a lot of hard work".

Liverpool have lost their two previous finals under Klopp and Wijnaldum admits it is hurdle they must overcome but feels the general progress being made is equally important.

But sounds thinks the Bernabeu outfit are not all they're cracked up to be.

"This is not a special Real Madrid team", he told talkSPORT. Real Madrid is seeking a record-extending 13th European club title. "We will see that tomorrow".

"There are so many things you have to bring to the pitch to win a game at that level..."

Klopp has faced Real six times during his career - all with Borussia Dortmund and all in the Champions League - winning three and losing two, with one draw. The first meeting in the 1981 final at the Parc des Princes ended in a 1-0 win for the English side at the expense of their Spanish opponents as Liverpool lifted their third Champions League title. As a manager, a lot of Zidane's success has been attributed to the fact that he has a team full of superstars, with many doubting his tactical nous to manage a team at the highest level. However, Real's success shows that the Frenchman has the flawless blend of man-management and tactical understanding to set his team up in the best manner possible to achieve greatness in Europe.

The former Manchester United player is dreading the possibility of his bitter rivals Liverpool winning the title and hopes Madrid can stop their winning parade.

"We have to make it as hard as possible for them". That is normal, but in the game shoot, strike, cross, make headers, bicycle kicks if you want.

But he said the single-game format improves Liverpool's chances.

"You will be rewarded for the hard work you did before".

How many times have Liverpool won the Champions League?

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

"The Villarreal game was a show of confidence. 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. We are different. We have been different the whole campaign and we want to be different again in the final. We have a chance.

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