Xabi Alonso claims Liverpool can beat anyone including Real Madrid in the UCL final.
“With this team, from the beginning I had the feeling that they could beat anyone, that in any game anything could happen, especially at Anfield where they were so strong,” the Spaniard revealed.
You could see that Anfield was rocking in the European nights and they had that feeling, that belief that they could make it.
The games were thrilling, so exciting to play, so exciting to watch, and I had big confidence in what they have done. And now the final is the final - anything can happen.
“For sure it’s different: the preparation, the approach, the maturity, how you’re going to face such a big final, it’s different. You know what to expect [when you are experienced], you know how the build-up is for the game, so for sure it’s different.
Jürgen, it’s not his first final. So he’s the leader, he needs to try to get the players ready for such big emotions.
For the Real Madrid guys, it’s the opposite. They have played so many finals in the last few years, so they can manage the situation better. Later it’s just 90 minutes for both sides, whatever happens. But the build-up is different.
For sure it’s good to have that experience. But it’s good as well to have that excitement, that hunger, but you need to control as well the over-relaxation and the over-motivation.
You need to find the right point of activation for the game. That’s not difficult because you know what it means to play in a Champions League final and you don’t have many chances during your whole career, and that’s one of the key psychological sides of this game. And the emotional side is almost as good as the football side.”
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