Roy Keane predicts how the Real Madrid vs Liverpool Champions League final will play out


Roy Keane believes Real Madrid are the “slight favourites” for the Champions League final against Liverpool.

The Reds made sure of their place in Kiev on May 26 after edging out Roma 7-6 on aggregate over two thrilling semi final games.

Real Madrid scraped past Bayern Munich on Tuesday winning 4-3 on aggregate.

Despite Los Blancos’ form being less than convincing, Keane still fancies their chances in the final.

“When you win a football match there’s a great satisfaction when you play well. But to me it’s just as good when you play badly and get a result,” Keane said on ITV’s Champions League highlights Show.

Roy Keane is backing Real Madrid to win

“The one word I use for Real Madrid and always fall back on is quality. They still have pure quality in their squad and that’s why I fancy them as slight favourites in the final.”

When presenter Mark Pougatch asked if both teams will try and outscore each other, Keane replied: “I think that’s exactly what’s going to happen. Obviously it’s slightly different as it’s not over the two legs and there’s different mentalities.

“We could look at Real Madrid tonight and pick holes in them, which we have done, but they’ll be doing exactly the same with Liverpool.

“Look at Liverpool, the young right-back had a nightmare, the goalkeeper was poor. So Real Madrid will be rubbing their hands as much as Liverpool will be that’s why it’s such an intriguing game.”

Liverpool have reached the Champions League final

Real Madrid’s players celebrate reaching the final

Keane did add that Liverpool’s defensive frailties will pose Jurgen Klopp with a problem.

“I never felt they were in any danger tonight, remember over two legs there were a couple of penalties that were never penalties,” said Keane while analysing Roma’s goals. “But they’ve got into some bad habits, a bit sloppy again. They’ve given some daft goals away, they’ve got into some bad habits.

“Tonight and over the last couple of league games they’ve switched off a little bit and you want to go into the final with some sort of momentum behind them and they’ve just got to be careful.

“Even tonight, a bit of pride has still got to kick in. I know they’re celebrating but to lose four goals in a game should hurt you a little bit.”

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