Saturday's Champions League final is a 'special game' for Xabi Alonso, who even calls the match-up a 'dream final'.
Defending champions Real Madrid are gunning for a third consecutive (!!) Champions League title, while Liverpool will be seeking to capture a sixth major European trophy.
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And considering Alonso's allegiances to both clubs following successful stints at Anfield then Bernabeu - which includes Champions League glory, he's labelled the footballing showpiece in Kiev, Ukraine, a dream.
"Is it my dream final? It sure is, it's a special game for me," he told Gazzetta dello Sport.
He added: "I have a strong relationship with both clubs, I've spent 5 years with the two teams and I've won a Champions League two times. They are now facing each other for one more.
"I can see anything happen. Madrid and Liverpool have done great things this season and suffered to get there. Real Madrid? In these occasions Zidane's team gives its best, they get better and that's why I'm sure we'll see a great Real.
"They'll have to deal with the emotional aspect though. To win, Liverpool has to play an almost perfect game, Klopp knows how hard it can be to stop Madrid and he's an excellent strategy maker."
Zinedine Zidane has masterminded back-to-back Champions League triumphs, and is under pressure following a poor La Liga campaign.
But Alonso believes the French boss deserves a lot more credit.
"The favorite still is, logically, Real. Zidane? I don't have words, if someone told me a coach could have won the Champions League three times in a row in two seasons and a half, I would have said it's impossible. He's done a huge work, people don't give him enough credits."
Real Madrid vs. Liverpool is nearly upon us.
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