Zinedine Zidane smiled that Zinedine Zidane smile, the one that sometimes seems to disarm them all.
"I'm not the best coach, and I will always say that," he said. "I am not the best coach tactically. And, well, I don't need to say that..." There was a pause, and that was when that smile crept across his face and he added: "... because you lot always say that, anyway." They laughed, but they knew he was right. Many a true word said in jest and all that, but beyond the smile, there was a hint of...
Cristiano Ronaldo is adamant he never sets out to celebrate goals by whipping his jersey off and flexing his muscles, despite that becoming one of the most iconic images of the Real Madrid star.
One of the most memorable scenes in Ronaldo's self-made 2015 documentary featured him removing his jersey for the camera after scoring a late penalty in the previous year's Champions League final, with the same topless celebration repeated when he hit the winning spot kick in the 2016 decider.
Mohamed Salah's meteoric career could reach new heights on Saturday when his Liverpool team take on Real Madrid in the Champions League final.
The match coincides with the holy month of Ramadan, and Salah, along with Liverpool teammates Sadio Mane and Emre Can, Real Madrid's Karim Benzema and Achraf Hakimi, had faced the decision whether to refrain completely from eating and drinking on the day of the final.
Previously, the likes of former Arsenal striker Marouane Chamakh opted to take a break...
Saturday's Champions League final offers one of the most fascinating tactical clashes in recent memory: Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool, with their astute, intensive, counter-pressing approach, meet the more laissez-faire style of Zinedine Zidane's Real Madrid, who concentrate upon possession play.
It has all the makings of a superb match. Here are four key questions waiting to be answered.
1. What formation will Zidane use?
The most remarkable thing about Real Madrid's Champions League record under Zidane...
The buildup to the 1981 European Cup final between this year's Champions League finalists, Real Madrid and Liverpool, sounds quite familiar.
One team went into the decider having won two of the previous three European Cups and arrived at the Parc des Princes as big favourites. They were a side full of big-game experience and winners' medals.
Facing them was a club that had lots of European Cup pedigree, but was very far from the elite. Humbling second-round exits to Grasshoppers of Zurich (1978-79)...