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What a journalist tweeted after watching Real Madrid train ahead of Champions League final

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There is little that Jurgen Klopp and Zinedine Zidane can do now as their teams prepare for the Champions League final on Saturday.

Liverpool and Real Madrid will go head-to-head in a battle to determine the kings of Europe, and it promises to be an enthralling contest.

On one side you have Real, who are going for a hat-trick of European titles.

Zidane’s side have looked vulnerable at times this season - they finished third in La Liga and faced problems in their encounters against Juventus and Bayern Munich en route to the final.

But Real’s experience in the competition, as well as the presence of Cristiano Ronaldo, sees them enter the match as favourites.

Liverpool won’t mind that, though. The Reds have been breathtaking at times this season and the manner in which they knocked Manchester City out at the quarter-final stage was mightily impressive.

With Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane leading the way, Liverpool know that they can really trouble their opponents.

Journalist tweets

Both teams trained at the Olympic Stadium in Kiev on Friday and a British journalist tweeted his thoughts after watching Real in action.

Responding to a tweet from a colleague who remarked that Real’s shooting was “ordinary”, Dominic King noted that the overall session was “odd”.

“Gareth Bale for the last hour has played like someone who knows he isn't playing,” King wrote on Twitter.

“Saying that, Luka Modric has smashed his shot in from 20 yards like an arrow.

“Not saying this is wrong and not saying it means anything, either. But that Madrid session was odd.

“It finished with a lot of the players’ kids on the pitch, having a kick around while Zidane was finishing shooting practice.

“It’s either inspired or complacency.”

Interesting.

If any team knows how to prepare for a Champions League final it’s Real, so perhaps we shouldn’t read too much into their relaxed approach.

King later added that “you wouldn’t see a Premier League team do it.”

Carl Markham, a sports reporter for the Press Association, shared some videos of Real’s players after their session.

Marcelo certainly seemed in good spirits…

You get the impression that there are little nerves in the Real Madrid camp right now.

After all, playing in a Champions League final is something that many of the players are now used to.

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Topics:
UEFA Champions League
Football
Roberto Firmino
Mohamed Salah
Jurgen Klopp
Zinedine Zidane
Real Madrid
Cristiano Ronaldo
Manchester City
Liverpool

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