Valverde: Mo Salah ‘disrespected the Real Madrid badge’ saying he wanted Champions League revenge

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Mohamed Salah ‘disrespected the Real Madrid badge and the players’ by saying he wanted revenge on them for the 2018 Champions League final defeat, insists Federico Valverde, as he steps up tensions ahead of Saturday’s centerpiece in Paris

  • Federico Valverde claimed Mohamed Salah ‘disrespected’ Real Madrid
  • Liverpool’s Salah said he would rather face Real in the Champions League final
  • The Reds star picked up the injury as his side lost the 2018 final against the Spanish side
  • And the Egyptian striker has openly said revenge for this match is on his mind
  • But Uruguayan Valverde insisted his comments will serve as further motivation

Federico Valverde has ratcheted up the tension ahead of Real Madrid’s Champions League final this weekend, claiming Mohamed Salah is ‘disrespecting’ the Spanish side.

Salah’s Liverpool will take on Los Blancos in the European showpiece at the Stade de France in Paris on Saturday.

After beating Villarreal in the semi-finals, the Egyptian said he would rather face Real than his last four opponents Manchester City in the final as he wanted to avenge their final loss to the same opponents in 2018.

Salah told BT Sport in May: “I want to play in Madrid, I have to be honest. City are a very tough team, we’ve played against them many times this season, but I think if you ask me personally, I would prefer Madrid.

“Because we lost in the final against them, I want to play against them and hopefully win against them.”

But Valverde told Marca the striker’s comments were disrespectful to the club’s badge and its players, and insisted they would serve as further motivation for the final.

Federico Valverde raised the tension ahead of Real Madrid’s Champions League final

Valverde claimed Liverpool star Mohamed Salah's comments

Valverde claimed Liverpool star Mohamed Salah’s comments were ‘disrespectful’ to the Spanish side

He said: “Obviously these are words that anyone can take however they wish. I’m his opponent and it’s like disrespecting the Real Madrid badge, the players…

“The only thing we have to do is give our best, try to show why we are in the final and hopefully we can give the fans and Real Madrid another trophy.”

The Uruguayan also hailed his team’s fans for helping to inspire Champions League comebacks against Paris Saint-Germain, Chelsea and Manchester City.

Salah had said he would rather face Real in the final than Manchester City so his side could avenge their Champions League final defeat in 2018 against the same opponents (pictured)

Salah had said he would rather face Real in the final than Manchester City so his side could avenge their Champions League final defeat in 2018 against the same opponents (pictured)

He added: “The first thing is to thank the fans, because when the game seems lost, when you can’t find spaces, the team doesn’t feel good, the fans are always there to support us. It gives us a plus, an energy that you can’t explain. The game isn’t over until the referee says so.

“The biggest one was against City. It’s very difficult to come back when you lose in the 89th minute, you blink and you win. These are things that don’t happen often in life.

“I don’t know if it’s the fear (that the opponents feel) or the pressure that the stadium and the fans generate. They know they are playing against Real Madrid and they are capable of anything, and it shows. When the coaching staff, the team and the fans feel that, it’s like the Bermuda Triangle.

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