Modric says: Real have more experience but were not favorites in the final

03 Jun 2022 | 09:00 | Football

Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric. Photo: Twitter


Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric. Photo: Twitter

Real Madrid are confident going into the Champions League final against Liverpool and will rely on their big game experience but there are no favorites in Paris, according to midfielder Luka Modric, according to midfielder Luka Modric.

Real are playing their fifth Champions League final since 2014. After their last seven wins since 1998, the Spanish side are chasing a record-long 14th title in a joint rematch. end of 2018 in which they beat Liverpool 3-1 in Kyiv.

“We have certain experience in this competition. Some players have been in the Champions League final four times. Now we are fortunate to be in the fifth game. We need to try as normal as we can. the whole season,” Modric told BT Sports.

“There are no favorites in the final. Liverpool are a great team, they are having a great season, they have won two cups, they fought for the tournament until the end… There are no favorites but we have a lot of confidence.”

Luka Modric

Real won three consecutive finals between 2016 and 2018 under Zinedine Zidane. Modric says coach Carlo Ancelotti, who helped the Spanish side win their 10th Champions League in 2014, hasn’t changed much to get them back to the final.

“He’s the same, what we like about him is his personality, his humility, the way he talks to the players, the way he approaches us,” Modric said.

“When you have someone like him around you, you give more on the pitch. You give more to him. That’s why Carlo is an exceptional coach, one of the best. world’s best football still.”

“His human side is the best, that’s what we like best and the best thing for this team.”

Real have lost one leg in each of their knockout matches against Paris St Germain, Chelsea and Manchester City but still managed to reach the final, winning by a single goal in each round.

“We are very strong, the psychological aspect is really good,” said Ancelotti. “The personality and experience that this team has, cannot be said to be luck.

“I’m really proud of my players… I don’t have any problems managing them. They’re all professional every day, even those who don’t play.”

Despite Real’s stellar record of winning the last seven Champions League finals they’ve reached, Liverpool will be confident from a fact.

The last time Spain lost a continental club game was in 1981 when Liverpool beat them 1-0 in Paris.