Vicente Del Bosque has said no Liverpool player, not even Mohamed Salah, would get into the Real Madrid team and predicted a 4-1 Madrid win in the Champions League final on Saturday.
Del Bosque, a player and coach at Madrid, lost a European Cup final to Liverpool in 1981 but guided Los Blancos to Champions League triumph in both 2000 and 2002.
The former Spain coach told “El Partidazo” radio show that even Egypt international Salah’s 44 goals this season would not get him into the Madrid team.
“Real Madrid have a great squad — they are the best club in Europe at the moment and must show that on Saturday,” he said.
“I don’t see even one Liverpool player who would improve Real Madrid, not even Salah.”
Del Bosque predicted a comfortable win for his old club in Kiev, Ukraine, while former Madrid teammate Jose Antonio Camacho forecast a 3-0 Madrid victory.
Meanwhile, left-back Marcelo told Madrid’s website that Liverpool had more dangermen than just Salah, with Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane posing big threats.
“Every game is different and Liverpool aren’t just all about Salah,” he said. “They’ve also got Firmino and Mane.
“They’ve got several players who are capable of changing the complexion of a game, particularly in finals, and we’re aware that we can’t afford to focus on one single player.”
Dermot Corrigan is a Madrid-based football writer who covers La Liga and the Spain national team for ESPN FC. Follow him on Twitter @dermotmcorrigan