Sergio Ramos: Sparks will fly when Real Madrid play Juventus in UCL final
Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos has predicted that "sparks will fly" when his team face Juventus in the Champions League final in Cardiff next month.
Madrid survived a scare at neighbours Atletico in Wednesday's semifinal second leg to go through 4-2 on aggregate, 24 hours after Juve had beaten Monaco.
Asked whether he was looking forward to facing Juve's former Barcelona right-back Dani Alves, Ramos told reporters: "Juve have a great team, with players with a lot of experience.
"They don't just have Alves, they have Pipa [Gonzalo Higuain], [Mario] Mandzukic, [Giorgio] Chiellini.
"It will be a very nice final for those who love football. The sparks will fly with every challenge."
Higuain spent six seasons at Real, winning three La Liga titles, and Ramos said he was still in touch with the Argentina international.
"He is a great friend, and we had a great relationship when he was here," he said. "But I will not be passing him the peanuts when we're out on the pitch."
Ramos was also asked about his comments before the second leg when he hit back at an Atletico Madrid social media campaign about their team's values, saying: "It seems people think we were all born in Beverly Hills."
In the build-up, Atleti's social media team sent tweets with the hashtag #NoLoPuedenEntender (they cannot understand) and messages such as: "I love you for your values, not for what you win."
Ramos said: "You are either humble or you are not. You don't talk about it, you just show it. I don't know about people who say they are proud of being humble.
"There will be humble rich families and arrogant poor people. In Beverly Hills, there will also be humble families -- I don't want them to get angry with me as we are doing preseason there."
Madrid take part in the International Champions Cup in the summer, with their schedule including games against Manchester United in Santa Clara on July 23, Manchester City in Los Angeles on July 26 and a Clasico against Barcelona in Miami on July 29.
Dermot Corrigan is a Madrid-based football writer who covers La Liga and the Spain national team for ESPN FC. Follow him on Twitter @dermotmcorrigan