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Ramos warns Higuain 'sparks will fly' in Champions League final

16 Mai 2017

Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos has warned Juventus striker Gonzalo Higuain not to let their friendship lull him into a false sense of security for next month's Champions League final, and insisted "sparks are going to fly" in Cardiff. "We have all won, we have taken another step in belief".

With Karim Benzema blowing hot and cold in La Liga this season and seemingly saving his best games for Europe (as he did in the Champions League semi-final second leg against Atletico with a vital contribution to Isco's strike on Wednesday), Alvaro Morata's goals have been vital for Real Madrid in the Primera Division.

Real Madrid may be on the verge of a first La Liga and Champions League double for 59 years, but coach Zinedine Zidane insisted his job is only safe if he delivers trophies.

This will be the 19th European Cup meeting for the two sides and with eight wins each, the competition looks tough.

Real progressed to the June 3 final with Juventus as a result of their first leg 3-0 win to claim a 4-2 aggregate result, but it didn't stop Simeone from expressing his pride.

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"After the game I asked Benzema how he was able to do that, but he didn't know either", Zidane said.

Real was getting desperate in a situation where one more goal by the hosts would have left them in a risky spot.

'I hope he's ready before and I hope he can be with us more than anything. They are hard. Sevilla have been towards the top of the LaLiga table all year and I think they're great, but we know these games will be tricky.

The Frenchman has been criticised for his lack of goals in a season which has seen him register just nine league goals in 27 appearances, but Zidane made it clear that he focuses on his compatriot's other qualities.

Zidane guided Real to another Champions League final having won last year's addition against Atletico Madrid, the same team Los Blancos defeated over two legs in the last fortnight. "I hope they keep supporting us because they help our game".

"We knew they would start very strongly", said Ronaldo. "They will demand a lot from us, we will need to have a great game".

Gareth Bale, Dani Carvajal and Pepe will definitely miss out against Sevilla due to injury.

"We believed we could do it and we were close to winning the tie. If we can improve on this then the future is encouraging".

"We'll go there with everything we've got and we'll fight to produce a good performance to finish the season strongly".

Ramos warns Higuain 'sparks will fly' in Champions League final