Cristiano Ronaldo is sure Real Madrid will not have it easy this weekend against a Liverpool outfit who remind him of the Los Blancos of a few years ago – but has no doubt the Spanish outfit are “better” than Jurgen Klopp’s men.
Saturday sees Real and Liverpool clash in the Champions League final in Kiev as the clubs look to add to European Cup hauls of 12 and five respectively.
While it will be Liverpool’s first appearance in the final since 2007, it will be Real’s fourth in five years, with them having secured the trophy in 2014, 2016 and 2017 – something Gareth Bale, who joined in 2013, admits “has blown any expectations I had out of the water”.
It has been almost nine years since fellow forward Ronaldo, Real’s record goalscorer, was signed from Manchester United.
The 33-year-old Portugal star says he would rather it was his old club playing in Saturday’s game than Liverpool – and has given an interesting assessment in terms of the sides who will be involved in the showpiece.
Ronaldo said in quotes reported by en.as.com on Tuesday: “Finals are always special occasions.
“I would have preferred it to be Manchester United. But Liverpool deserves respect. We’re not going to have it easy. They deserve to be in the final.
“They remind me of Madrid three or four years ago. Their three front players (Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane), they’re very quick… They are powerful in attack and I respect them. But Madrid are better.
“We have to play to our level, but we also have to respect the opposition.”