Atletico Madrid midfielder Mario Suarez insists city rivals Real are favourites to win the UEFA Champions League final in Lisbon on Saturday.
Atletico Madrid midfielder Mario Suarez believes that city rivals Real are the “clear favourites” going into Saturday’s Champions League final.
The Rojiblancos were crowned champions of Spain last weekend courtesy of a 1-1 draw at Barcelona, with Los Blancos coming home in third place.
However, Suarez believes that in spite of Atletico’s Liga title triumph, Diego Simeone’s side have to be considered underdogs against a Real side that is bidding to win the European Cup for the 10th time.
“They are clear favourites to win; they are used to playing these type of matches,” the 27-year-old told reporters ahead of what is just Atletico’s second ever appearance in the final.
“They are favourites to win just like they were in La Liga. But we’ve given our all and we are a team that plays with a lot of intensity, so we are going to fight to win as we always do but they are favourites to win.
“I personally don’t care what people say. We are going to do what we always do and that is play football, work hard, be humble and give 100 per cent in the match.
“We’ll see what happens when the match is over and who ends up celebrating.”
Meanwhile, Filipe Luis believes that Atletico’s supporters can inspire them to victory, just as they did in the Copa del Rey final at the Santiago Bernabeu 12 months ago.
“The fans’ chanting is very important for us, like in the cup, although that was different because it was in Real Madrid’s stadium,” he said.
“The final in Bucharest against Athletic Bilbao [in the 2011-12 Europa League] was great because we could feel our fans chanting a lot more and that helped us and motivated us.
“I don’t know how Lisbon will be, but I have no doubt that our fans will support us and will chant the whole match.
“I think that if they do as they’ve done in the past it will influence us positively in our match.”