Forget about those t-shirts with the big No 13 on the front of them – there will be no complacency from Real Madrid going into the Champions League final.
It might have come across as arrogant when they put them on over their shirts no sooner had the final whistle blown against Bayern Munich. But the message was only ‘let’s go for the 13th’ and now they know for sure that it’s Liverpool, they know they have a game on their hands.
History, Jurgen Klopp and Mohamed Salah tell them as much.
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The record books show that the last time Madrid lost a European Cup final it was against Liverpool. They also show that the last time they underestimated Liverpool they ended up looking very foolish.
In 2009 before the teams met in the last-16 of the Champions League, Real Madrid’s acting president Vicente Boluda used the Spanish phrase ‘les vamos a chorrear’ which can only really be translated as: ‘we are going to p*** on them’.
It was an unprecedented lack of diplomacy from shipping magnate Boluda who elaborated: ‘At home we will win 3-0. It will be a great game and at their place they will open up and we will win 2-1.’
Rafa Benitez was in charge of Liverpool and he masterminded a 5-0 aggregate win with a 1-0 victory at the Bernabeu and a stunning 4-0 win at Anfield. Boluda did not stay president for much longer.
Liverpool beat Madrid 5-0 over two legs when they met in the competition's last-16 in 2009
Then-president Vicente Boluda was left red-faced after saying his side would 'p*** on them'
Memories of those two games are still fresh. And in Thursday’s sports press there were also several pages dedicated to Madrid’s last European Cup final defeat.
The 12-times winners have beaten Juventus (twice), Valencia, Bayer