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Jurgen Klopp's response to doubts about Zinedine Zidane is spot on

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Finally, the day that Liverpool fans have been waiting what seems like an eternity for is here.

Reds fans have been arriving in Kiev in huge numbers ahead of the Champions League final against Real Madrid, with a combined 17 European Cup successes between the two sides.

The Spanish outfit have 12 of those, and are looking to win a fourth title in the competition in five years.

Los Blancos boss Zinedine Zidane has never been knocked out of the Champions League, having taken over from former Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez in 2016.

He's steered them to two successive wins over Atletico Madrid and Juventus, but Klopp knows the heartbreak of a final defeat when he lost to Bayern Munich while he was in charge of Borussia Dortmund in 2013.

This looks set to be a completely different affair though, with both Real and Liverpool showing all season how electric they can be on the front foot.

The fact that they're equally suspect in defence could mean we get one of the most free-scoring finals in recent memory, and one that the neutrals are more likely to enjoy than the suffering fans.

A lot of people genuinely believe that Zidane's men are there for the taking though, as they haven't exactly been their usual selves domestically this term.

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They finished third in La Liga, a massive 17 points behind runaway winners Barcelona, and they were knocked out of the Copa Del Rey by Leganes.

However, in Europe they've been pretty spectacular, beating PSG, Juventus and Bayern Munich en route to Kiev.

But Zidane has been massively criticised, and even labelled "clueless" at times - and that drew an emphatic response from Klopp.

Juventus v Real Madrid - UEFA Champions League Final

His comments were absolutely bang on the money too, as there is no way that anyone can doubt the Frenchman's ability as a coach given his track record.

"If a lot of people think Zinedine Zidane has not a lot of tactical knowledge, and then people think the same about me, that would be really funny," he commented.

"The two managers in the Champions League final have no clue about tactics? What would that say about the game?

Real Madrid Training Session - UEFA Champions League Final Previews

"Unfortunately, I have to accept that he is as brilliant as he was as a player. This group of players [at Real Madrid] work like a clock from Switzerland.

"I saw his team playing a lot of times and it is just fantastic football. It is organised when it needs to be organised, and chaos when it needs to be chaos."

Klopp has absolutely hit the nail on the head, as the level of success he has experienced as both player and manager is enough to rival anyone.

Zidane won the Champions League twice with Madrid as a player, even scoring one of the most famous goals in the history of the competition against Bayer Leverkusen in 2002.

It is all set to be a brilliant match, and one that could even decide the Ballon d'Or winner between Mo Salah and Cristiano Ronaldo.

They've equally been in stupendous form, and whoever takes this game by the scruff of the next could see themselves win the most prestigious individual award in the game at the end of the year.

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Topics:
UEFA Champions League
Football
Mohamed Salah
Jurgen Klopp
Zinedine Zidane
La Liga
Real Madrid
Premier League
Cristiano Ronaldo
Liverpool

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