Former Liverpool player Iago Aspas has claimed that he would prefer Real Madrid to win this year’s Champions League final.
Aspas was asked during an interview in Cadena Ser who he would be supporting in the final. Although he gave a nod to his former team, he is certain that he won’t be supporting them in Paris.
“I have a lot of appreciation for Liverpool,” said the Celta Vigo striker. “But I prefer Real Madrid to win because it gives a lot more hype to La Liga.”
In fairness to Aspas, he had a pretty torrid time at Liverpool in 2013/14. You can’t blame him for looking for any kind of small revenge he can get.
Real gathering support
Aspas is the latest in the football world to nail his colours firmly to the mast of Carlo Ancelotti’s men.
Jose Mourinho also gave his best to his old mate Ancelotti after guiding Roma to the inaugural Europa Conference League final last night.
That’s fine. Should any Liverpool players see the comments, it will only spur them on further to make sure they’re the ones celebrating at the final whistle on May 28th.
La Liga falling behind
Since losing Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus in 2018, the quality of La Liga has steadily decreased.
No Spanish club have been to the final of the Champions League since Madrid beat Liverpool in 2018. For comparison, not including this year, English clubs make up four of the six teams to compete in the showpiece since then.
Having now lost Lionel Messi to PSG, the crown of its domestic league has slipped, with the Premier League taking over.
Although its top two have deteriorated recently, the ‘smaller’ sides in Spain have still maintained a good record in Europe.
Indeed the last two Europa League winners were from La Liga, and Villarreal pushed Liverpool pretty hard in for their place in Paris.
Spanish clubs have also won the last 16 European finals they’ve played against foreign teams. That’s a quite brilliant record.
Jurgen Klopp has no interest in historical games, though. He won’t be interested that Madrid have won their last seven Champions League finals either. All he’ll care about is making sure that The Reds beat the Madrid side put in-front of them in three weeks time.