Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has confirmed Cristiano Ronaldo will play against Atletico Madrid in the final of the Champions League today, despite having an injury scare.
Ronaldo had been a doubt following an injury he sustained in training but speaking ahead of the big match-up tonight, Zidane assured that Ronaldo will be there when they file out against the Rojiblancos.
“Ronaldo has been feeling a bit of pain but he’s OK. He’ll be there 100%. He has a little niggle, but that disappears when you’re going to play in a Champions League final,” said Zidane.
The former world footballer of the year also spoke about his expectations for the game, admitting it will be a difficult one.
“It’s going to be a difficult game for sure, extremely difficult, but we already know this and we’re prepared for it. We’ve had two weeks to prepare and now the players want the ball to start rolling,” he posited.
Both teams met in the final of the competition just two years ago in Lisbon, with Real triumphing 4-1 in extra-time after the game had ended 1-1 in normal time.
If Los Blancos go on to win, it will be their 11th Champions League title, and also handing Zidane his first ever title as a manager.
The former France international also won the competition in 2002 for Real, albeit as a player, scoring the winner in a 2-1 victory over Bayer Leverkusen.