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Zinedine Zidane insists Real Madrid have more hunger than Liverpool

Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has dismissed claims that Liverpool are more motivated than the Los Blancos.

Zidane insists the chance of making Champions League history by winning the trophy three times in a row will make his players unstoppable in Kiev.

There have been some suggestions that Real, having won the past two finals, might not be as motivated as Liverpool, with the English club not having tasted European glory since 2005.

“I can’t talk for the opponents, but we always have the same desire as we always do and nobody can say we don’t,” Zidane told a news conference.

“We’re in a third final and we have the chance to do something historic and win it three times in a row. You can’t say Liverpool have more hunger than us; it simply isn’t true.

“Nobody can take our hunger away from us. We’re Real Madrid … We always want more and will always give our all to get more.”

The former France international said that his side’s experience of playing in and winning three finals in the past four years will have no bearing on the outcome. By comparison, no player in the Liverpool squad has reached this stage of the competition before.

“It’s a one-off game, in a neutral venue. We’re ready for it, but our experience doesn’t count,” Zidane said.

“Granted, we have more, but we need to show that we want to win it. Our experience doesn’t count for anything. It’s a final, they (Liverpool) haven’t played in a lot of them, but they’ll kill themselves for this and we know it.”

Zidane laughed off a question as to whether he would swap 33-year-old Ronaldo for Salah.

Zidane said: “No. I would not swap Cristiano or any of my players. Cristiano is the utmost. He’s the best, so he will be of utmost important.

“I’m always calm because that’s the way I am, that’s my nature. My nature is calm and at the end it’s better to have Cristiano, better to have Cristiano with you because he proves that every year.

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