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Liverpool vs Real Madrid: Gary Neville names club to lose Champions League final

Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville has tipped Real Madrid to win the Champions League final against Liverpool on Saturday night

Nevile does not think Liverpool has the pedigree to beat the Spanish champions, saying: “I don’t think Liverpool will win the European Cup.”

The Reds and Los Blancos meet in the French capital on Saturday evening to decide who UEFA crowns the champions of the season’s competition.

Liverpool has been exceptional this season, winning the FA Cup and Carabao Cup and even threatened to win the Premier League title but was stopped by Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City.

Under Carlo Ancelotti, Real Madrid has also shown no weakness as they have won the La Liga title and defeated Paris Saint-Germain, Chelsea and Manchester City to get to this stage.

“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,” Nevile told Sky Sports.

“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.

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“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.

“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.”

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