Real Madrid have released pre-match footage of Sergio Ramos, Luka Modric and Dani Carvajal discussing how they would beat Liverpool in the Champions League final.
The three Real stars talked tactics on how to stop Liverpool’s deadly attacking trio of Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah as they received massages in the locker room before the match.
The footage released on the club’s official Twitter page offers fans a rare insight into what players discuss before games, drawing similar parallels to Manchester City’s ‘All Or Nothing’ documentary series.
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Full transcript of Carvajal, Ramos and Modric’s talk:
Dani Carvajal: ‘We have to put a lot of pressure on them. They get the ball back and combine fast.
‘If we can stop that, and be close to their three forwards, and boom. Quickly. They try to get out of the pressure? We have to be there.
‘If they keep it, fine. Let’s keep them 40 metres away.’
Sergio Ramos: ‘We have to avoid silly fouls on the sides. They are very strong in the air. We’ll get them in the counter attack.
‘Same thing with the second chances. We have to communicate well all the time.
‘In every ball they clear, we have to keep our mark until the end.’
Carvajal: ‘If their full backs go way up, you can’t chase them all the time. Because by minute 60 you’ll be dead.’
Luka Modric: ‘Let’s pick our battles. Just like we did against Juventus , you know? We played the same way, and they did too. Let their full-backs have the ball.’
Carvajal: ‘Yes. Exactly. We just let them have it there.’
Source: Daily Mail