NEWS | 20/05/2014 | Alberto Navarro“We have a great opportunity of becoming a big part of the club's history and that is a massive motivation for everyone”, the Real Madrid manager declared during his press conference.
A match with no secrets
“There are no secrets ahead of this match. Both teams know each other well, and finals are always very tight. We know we are up against a very solid side whose players work really well together. It will be difficult and in order to win we have to work really hard, stay united and the fans will need to help us like they did in the Copa del Rey final against Barcelona and in the Champions League semi-final against Bayern”.
“There are many factors. I think the first is having the required amount of cool-headedness to prepare for these kinds of matches. Fear is not a good thing. We will try to get the tactics right; when you're focused on what you have to do on the pitch, you forget about the fear”.
“It will be tight and with the season they've had, Atlético have shown that they are a team with a lot of quality. There are no favourites in a final. It might be the case that after winning the League, Atlético are still in a state of euphoria, but we are really up for winning this competition because we have been playing so well in it up until now”.
The support of the fans
“I remember our journey from the hotel to Mestalla with our fans by our side, who were really excited and up for the game. That helped us massively towards beating Barcelona in that final. I wish for the same thing to happen in Lisbon and I'm sure it will”.
“I will impart as much knowledge as I can; I have a good understanding of these types of games, this will be my seventh such final. I have the experience to prepare for this match in the best way possible”.
Pepe and Benzema
“They're the two players we have doubts about. I'm a realist and as of today they can't play. There are four days left and we'll make our final decision. If Pepe can't play, Varane can take his place. As for Benzema, we can understand that the player isn't at 100%, but if he has injury problems, it's better if he doesn't play. If we don't think he's risking an injury he'll play".
“He had a special session in the gym today and didn't need to out on the field. Both he and Cristiano Ronaldo will play. Bale had a minor problem in the pre-season, but he has shown his quality and he's in good shape. He's very important for the team and he's excited to be playing in his first European Cup final. He'll have a great match”.
Illarra and Khedira's involvement
“We all prepare for the match together. Illarra looks good, relaxed and confident. I can confirm that he's available for Saturday. As is Khedira. He has done a fantastic job, with great professionalism. He hasn't played in many matches and that's the only problem he has”.
Difference in budgets
“It won't be key in this match. I don't think it will decide the game. It will be the technical, mental and tactical side that decides it. Not the financial. I don't think about losing. Just winning. I'm optimistic and positive. I only think about how to win and I'm not thinking about my future at the club right now. It's very clear whatever happens in the final. I'm happy to be here and to continue with or without the Tenth”.
Zidane as a positive influence
“We have to focus on the positives and it's good to think that he scored in Glasgow and that he can bring his positive energy to the team. His charisma and knowledge of how to prepare for matches like this can help the players”.