Real Madrid are set to play yet another UEFA Champions League Final. This time, it will be against Liverpool. The Premier League side are getting ready to spoil the party for Sergio Ramos and co who expect to win the coveted trophy for third consecutive season.
The final will be taking place on Saturday night. But, the war of words has already started. Just the other day, Ramos has talked about the strength of their opponents and talked about the strategies Madrid are going to use to counter them.
The Real Madrid skipper acknowledged that Liverpool are very tough opponents. “They are very fast going forward and can really hurt you on the break,” Sergio Ramos commented, while talking to UEFA.
Liverpool’s attack has been extraordinary this season. The front three of Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and the ever-flamboyant Mohammed Salah have been running riots in almost every game this season. Salah has already won the Premier League Player of the Year and the Premier League Golden Boot this season.
In the European competition too, these three’s performance has been fantastic. So far, Jurgen Klopp’s men have netted 40 times in 12 matches. In comparison, Real Madrid have scored only 30 goals from the same number of matches, and that naturally speaks volumes about the lethal attack Liverpool possess.
Ramos did not fail to comment on this issue, and voiced their concern, “Firmino and Salah are such quick and direct players who are very difficult to get hold of, so we’ll try to keep them under control and ensure they don’t have one of their inspired days, because they can certainly cause you damage.”
The Spanish side need to strategize properly to stop the Egyptian and his teammates and the captain knows that.
“[Liverpool are] very good technically and are full of pace, but we’ll try to hurt them with our players who have similar attributes,” Ramos said. “We know we can also cause them problems on the counter. We’ll try to take advantage of that and we also know we are a threat from set-pieces.”
By all means, the UEFA Champions League Final promises be a fascinating encounter altogether, and the viewers will be eager to watch Salah and co in action against Sergio Ramos and his boys.
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