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Self-confidence will give us edge in UCL final, Real Madrid’s Alaba says

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Real Madrid defender David Alaba believes the record 13-time winners can prevail over Liverpool in Saturday’s UEFA Champions League final match because of their self-confidence and unique character.

“We are Real Madrid. With this self-confidence we go to Paris to win,” the Austria international said on Monday.

The Spanish champions pulled victory from the jaws of defeat late on in the semi-final against Manchester City.

Alaba said that game and other recent European displays sum up the team under Carlo Ancelotti.

“We have a very special spirit and competitive character, and we showed that in the knockout stages. We are a team that always hits back and never gives up.”

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But the former Bayern Munich star knows Liverpool, who just missed out on the English Premier League title to Manchester City, have huge quality too.

“They are a team who play very creative football and above all have immense power,” added the 29-year-old.

“With Jürgen Klopp, they have a coach who uses this power to set them on their way.”

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