Raul backs Real Madrid to win 'La Decima'
Real Madrid legend Raul is completely positive that his former team have enough in them to overcome city rivals Atletico in the Champions League final.
Carlo Ancelotti's side will enter the decider in Lisbon on Saturday with the favourites tag in spite of finishing three points behind the champions Atletico in La Liga this season. This will Real’s first appearance in an UCL final since 2002, when they claimed their ninth title and began their hunt for the sensational ‘La Decima’.
Former Real Madrid and Spain legend Raul said that another great performance like the one they were able to perform against Bayern Munich in the Champions League semi finals second leg will be enough to end the Galacticos’s long wait for the tenth title.
"It's been a generally good season," Raul said. "The motivation and the hunger the side have shown in the Champions League are signs that the team want to win it." "It's especially significant what they did at a really tough ground, in Germany, away to Bayern Munich.
"If the team are close to what they did that day there's a good chance the cup will be coming back to the Bernabeu. "We're playing a great team that have just won the league, are having an outstanding season, and that isn't going to be easy."
Raul stated that Carlo Ancelotti’s side will be heading to the game with the clear idea baout the high stakes and he also believes that they should complete the work at hand quite successfully.
"The players know what they have to do. It’s the last game of the season, they’ve been working since August, thinking about and dreaming about this game," he said. "It’s been 12 years since Madrid were last in a final and they know how important it is to win the Decima for Real Madrid.
"These are two sides that are in the final because they've show they're the best teams in this season's Champions League. "Both teams had a tough road to the final and beat big clubs along the way; plus it's an all-Spanish final. They have a huge rivalry, it's a derby between two Madrid sides and it's going to be a very special game. "It's the game you dream about from the start of the season, especially if you play for Real. It's a chance to play in a final and win Europe's biggest club competition. It's an amazing opportunity."