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Champions league final: "Madrid are title favorites" - Morientes

The Reds have impressed in the Champions League, but the former Spain striker expects Los Blancos to win Saturday's final in Kiev.

Fernando Morientes says Liverpool will be well aware Real Madrid are favourites to win a third straight Champions League.

Los Blancos will attempt to win European football's biggest prize for the fourth time in five seasons when they face the Reds in Saturday's showpiece in Kiev.

Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool have impressed with their devastating attacking play in this season's competition, their forward trio of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane rated among the best in world football.

Liverpool's success has been driven by a phenomenal debut campaign on Merseyside from Salah, who many are tipping to be in the conversation for the Ballon d'Or, particularly if he can help steer his side to Champions League glory.
However, Morientes insists it is premature to start comparing the Egypt winger with Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo and Barcelona talisman Lionel Messi.

"He is a player with a great future," he added. "Some journalists try to compare him with Cristiano, but let's go slowly.

"Ronaldo has shown many things for many years. It is difficult to reach his level.

"Salah's season has been spectacular, but to compare yourself with Ronaldo you must do 10-12 campaigns like this, continuously."



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