Zinedine Zidane says guiding Real Madrid to victory over Liverpool on Saturday to record a historic third successive Champions League title would be “beautiful”.
The Frenchman helped Real to become the first side since the competition’s format changed in 1992 to win successive titles when they beat Juventus 4-1 in last season’s final .
A win over Liverpool in Kiev would make Zidane the only manager – in either European Cup or Champions League history – to win three titles in a row, but the 45-year-old sought to play down his success.
“This is my passion. I like to compete and behind all of that is a lot of hard work, not only on my part but on the part of my players.
“If you like to compete and you’re willing to work hard you can achieve what we’re doing. For me this is completely normal.”
Real Madrid have a special relationship with the Champions League – having won the competition a record 12 times – but Zidane says the pressure to win this weekend’s final is not weighing heavily on his shoulders.
“We’re so delighted to be here in another Champions League final. Today and tomorrow will never be repeated so we have to make the most of it”, Zidane added.
“We might be a little bit under pressure but it’s good to feel emotion. If I’m under a little pressure, so what?”
Zidane also had a warning for Liverpool regarding Cristiano Ronaldo, who is fit to play despite the ankle injury he suffered earlier this month.
“I think he’s doing great,” said Zidane. “He’s looking great and you must know he lives to play these matches. That’s what his life is all about.”