Published: Sat, May 26, 2018
Culture | By Margie Dunn

How to follow the Champions League final

How to follow the Champions League final

Jurgen Klopp has placed all of the pressure on Real Madrid ahead of the UEFA Champions League final in Kiev, Ukraine on Saturday. The Egypt worldwide has one more chance to catch Rush against Real Madrid in Kiev on Saturday when Liverpool aim to win the European Cup for a sixth time.

Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum believes the club and its supporters have been waiting for a moment like the Champions League final against Real Madrid. "We are as fresh as we can be after these two weeks", he said.

Experience means his team have to be the outsiders in Kiev - none of the squad have ever played in a Champions League final before - but Klopp knows Zinedine Zidane's side can not dismiss them.

Klopp and Zidane will be keeping their plans close to their chest - but Europe's governing body might have let their plans slip early.

Zidane, meanwhile, is on the brink of a third straight Champions League win as a coach.

"Obviously myself knowing Liverpool as a club, the people I had spoken to about Liverpool also, I knew Liverpool belongs to the Champions League, " he said. By beating them we got some confidence and trust between us to achieve something Madrid had been expecting for 32 years. When the whistle goes that is a different story, but when we arrive in Kiev, when we see all the Liverpool fans, when we go on the pitch for the warm up, we have to enjoy it and make yourself ready.

"I think he is better than both Messi and Ronaldo combined, and if his team were to play Chelsea, I would still support him".

The question of whether devout Muslim Salah has chosen to fast in the build-up to the encounter with Real Madrid in Kiev has attracted a lot of media interest.

"The club have won the competition a few times so it is the DNA of the club to win trophies". "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". He told Onda Cero's El Transistor programme how he started working as Salah's physio: "Mohamed had a couple of fitness problems - quite minor ones but I suggested that he try my dry needling technique, and since then he's been delighted to see his problems go".

"Through experience we know how hard it is going to be, but experience gives more security and serenity as well". "We want to win the trophy for fans and the club and we're certainly going in the right direction".

Even the normally level headed Tony Kroos appears to be getting caught up in the Madrid hype, blithely saying: "It is a great achievement for Liverpool to reach a final and to have a chance to win the Champions League". "You hope to be in the final, like everyone else that starts this campaign, but to actually be in it is fantastic and hopefully it can be even better".

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