Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Real Madrid will rule Europe but must be wary of Atletico Madrid, says Mutiu Adepoju

The former Los Blancos midfielder is eager to see his old club emerge as European kings again but admits they face a severe task against Rojiblancos

Former Nigeria international, Mutiu Adepoju foresees a hard-hitting Uefa Champions League final between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid.
The Spanish teams meet at the San Siro to determine who succeeds Barcelona as Europe’s best. Los Blancos defeated their rivals 4-1 in the 2014 edition of the championship staged at Estádio da Luz, Lisbon.
And the ‘Headmaster’ who featured for Real Madrid Castilla between 1989–1992 has backed Zidane Zidan’s men to taste another European but suggests they must be cautious of Diego Simeone’s side.
“I see a very competitive final in Milan but I want Real Madrid to emerge as champions again because I played for them,”
“Both teams have done well this season and going into this game, they are certainly going to give it their all to avoid defeat because they would hoping to end the season with a trophy.
“Real Madrid will be hoping to win an eleventh trophy but they must be prepared for a well-organised Atletico Madrid who have surprised many with their brand of football.”
Saturday’s encounter will be Zidan’s first Uefa Champions League final  and Adepoju has dismissed insinuations that his side would pay for his inexperience.
“Football at times could be funny atimes, but that does not make Real Madrid an underdogs,” he continued.
“Zidan boasts of quality players in every department of the game and the manager’s inexperience may not count because it is a game of eleven men each.
“Simeone’s men would be gunning for a revenge but Cristiano Ronaldo would motivate his teammates against their rivals.
“I expect an interesting final and I expect Real Madrid to carry the day,” he concluded.
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