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Thibaut Courtois has sent a warning to Liverpool with the Champions League trophy on the line by declaring: “When Real Madrid play a final, they win it.”

Real face Liverpool in today’s showpiece at the Stade de France aiming to lift the trophy for a record-extending 14th time.

Since the European Cup was redesigned as the UEFA Champions League in 1992, Real have triumphed in all seven finals they have played, including a 3-1 win over Liverpool in 2018.

Courtois was on the wrong end of another Real victory, in 2014, when playing for Atletico Madrid while on loan from Chelsea, as Los Blancos triumphed 4-1 in extra time.

Now aged 30, Courtois has the chance to win the Champions League with Real for the first time and when asked what Liverpool would be thinking ahead of the match in France, the Belgium goalkeeper said:

They’ve already played one final against Madrid in 2018. It was different for me. Real Madrid, when they play a final, they win it, and so now I’m on the right side of history.

By Amara

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