Champions League Final: Real Madrid have certain experience but no favourite, says Luka Modric

Real Madrid are confident going into the Champions League final against Liverpool but there is “no favourite” at the Stade de France in Paris, says midfielder Luka Modric.

The La Liga champions Real Madrid will be playing their fifth Champions League final since 2014. With the Spanish club having won their last seven since 1998, Real Madrid will be chasing a record-extending 14th trophy in a rematch of the 2018 final, when they defeated Liverpool by 3-1 in Kyiv.

“We have certain experience in this competition. Some of the players have played four times in the final of the Champions League. Now we are lucky to be in the fifth one. We need to try to be normal like all season,” Modric told BT Sport.

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

Real Madrid have clinched three consecutive titles between 2016-18 under Zinedine Zidane.

Talking about coach Carlo Ancelotti, who helped the Spanish club win their 10th Champions League title in 2014, Modric said Ancelotti has not changed a lot to get them back to winning ways.

“He is the same, what we like about him is his personality, his humility, how he speaks with the players, how he approaches us,” Modric said.

“When you have a person like him around you, you give more on the pitch. You give more for him. That’s why Carlo is a special coach, one of the best in the world of football still.

“The human side of him is the best, it’s what we like the most and is the best for this team.”

Although Real Madrid went down in one leg each of their knockout matches against Paris Saint-Germain, Chelsea and Manchester City, they managed to make it to the final winning by a single goal on aggregate in each stage.

“We are strong, the mentality aspect is really good,” Ancelotti said. “The personality and experience this team has, you cannot say it was luck.

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

Real Madrid and Liverpool will clash in the Champions League final on May 29 (IST).

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