Former AC Milan striker, Andriy Shevchenko, has described players of Real Madrid and Liverpool as warriors ahead of ahead of tonight’s 2015 UEFA Champions League final in Kiev.
Liverpool are eyeing a sixth Champions League title, while holders Madrid are on the verge of winning their 13th title and their third on the bounce.
Looking ahead to the big clash, Shevchenko who won the Champions League with AC Milan in 2003, said both Liverpool and Madrid have overcome difficult hurdles to get to the final.
“The Champions League is a special final,” Shevchenko told Daily Mail.
“Those teams who reach the final, they all have something.
“Inside, they have the spirit of the warriors. They have overcome the difficult moments and this is when you see the real players, when they know they are not playing well but they keep it together because there will be a moment.
“This is what Chelsea did against Bayern Munich and I’m glad there was this chance for a great generation of players: John Terry, Frank Lampard and Didier Drogba.
“The biggest European clubs fight for this history.
“They believe, and the fans have a huge influence, and now Liverpool have the chance after 10 years without a final and Real Madrid are the team who have been performing great in the Champions League.”
Shevchenko also reflects on Milan’s disappointing defeat to Liverpool in 2005, describing it as a terrible experience.
“In one way it was a very bad experience,” said the 41-year-old.
“We had the chance to win and we didn’t win. I know exactly what I did wrong but that moment is gone.
“I am 100 per cent sure we gave it everything we could at that moment. We didn’t give them the trophy. Liverpool actually took it from us. That is the heart-breaking fact.
“There is nothing to regret, no looking back to think if we played again I would change something. If I look back, I will play the same way and have the same attitude.
“I want to give the credit to Liverpool. Three-nil down and comeback with six great minutes and then to defend and hold the game with some unbelievable saves and show the spirit of the team.”