Gary Neville believes Real Madrid will win the Champions League against Liverpool as their midfield could prove to be the decisive factor. Carlo Ancelotti would likely have Luka Modric, Casemiro, and Toni Kroos in midfield with Federico Valverde supporting them from the wings. Eduardo Camavinga will come off the bench as he did against Manchester City where he changed the complexion of the game. The Spanish giants were three minutes away from exiting the competition but two late goals from Rodrygo took the tie into extra time with Benzema scoring the winner.
“I don’t think Liverpool will win the European Cup. I’ve thought a lot about [the final in] Paris and I’ve thought about Real Madrid and why they’ve won their games, why they keep coming back,” Gary Neville said about Real Madrid. “I thought back to 1999 and how we kept coming back in games and winning late on. It was our midfield of [Roy] Keane, [Nicky] Butt, [Paul] Scholes, [Ryan] Giggs, and [David] Beckham. They were absolutely phenomenal, beyond any level of what I’ve ever seen.”
“I look at Real Madrid’s midfield in Casemiro, Kroos, Modric – plus the two that come in late with Valverde and Camavinga – those five players drive them right from the first minute and right to the end. And Carlo Ancelotti interferes with them until the very end,” he added. “I think Liverpool’s midfield is their weak point and in the last 15 minutes that midfield for Real Madrid – the five of them combined – will see them win the game on Saturday.”