Real Madrid skipper Sergio Ramos feels no trepidation over the danger Liverpool’s scoring sensation Mohamed Salah will pose in the Champions League final, telling The Mirror the Egypt international “just one of 11 players” his side will face on May 26.
The Spanish giants eliminated Bayern Munich this week and Ramos now expects his team to beat Liverpool in the title game in Kiev and lift the Champions League trophy for a record third consecutive time.
Salah has had a superb first season with Liverpool with 43 goals in 49 games in all competitions.
“We have seen what Salah can do this season but he will just be one of 11 players we face against Liverpool,” Ramos said.
The veteran Spanish defender says he will embrace the challenge.
“Throughout my career, I have faced the best forward players in the world – many of them who are considered among the greatest ever,” Ramos said.
“For me, there is never a fear. A respect, yes, but never a fear.”
Ramos does believe that Liverpool are worthy finalists. Jurgen Klopp’s side lost at Roma 4-2 in Wednesday’s Champions League semifinal return leg, but progressed with a 7-6 triumph on aggregate.
“With all respect, maybe at the start of the campaign Liverpool were not the team people thought would be in the final,” Ramos said. “But they are here because they deserve to be here.”
Ramos took to Twitter after Tuesday’s 2-2 draw against Bayern Munich, a result that gave them a 4-3 aggregate victory and left them a win away from Madrid’s 13th European Cup success.
He tweeted: “We’ve made history. Now we want to become legends.”
The Spain skipper says his team, which has reached its fourth Champions League final in five years, is on a mission.
“We can’t be arrogant but we can be confident.” the 32-year-old said.
“We know it is in the DNA of Real Madrid to win the Champions League. We are ready to defend our title for a second time – we won’t let it go easily. “We know as a team how to play finals – and we will be ready.”
On the flip side, Sadio Mane insists Liverpool will not fear their final opponents either.
“We do have a lot of respect for Madrid, they are one of the best teams in the world, but we are Liverpool – we are strong, we can beat any team in the world,” Mane said to The Telegraph.
“We believe we can go there and beat them. We are going to go there and fight, for the fans, for the clubs, and fight without fear and win the final. We have the players. We can score goals. We have shown that. There is nothing to be afraid of.”