Roberto Carlos is proud of Liverpool’s flying full-backs and ‘four’ Brazilian stars

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The Real Madrid Galactico knows all about the threat Liverpool’s full-backs pose, while also keeping a close eye on his compatriots who play for the Reds

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Unsurprisingly, Roberto Carlos nailed his Real Madrid colors to the pole ahead of the Champions League final, but there are several Liverpool players he will be keeping an eye on.

Brazilian legend Carlos won three Champions Leagues during his time in the Spanish capital and was part of the 1997-98 squad that ended Real’s 32-year wait for a competition they had hoped for since six wins in the 1950s and 60s – five – considered synonymous of them in consecutive seasons.

Since that win over Juventus in Amsterdam 24 years ago, the club’s seventh, Real have enjoyed a remarkable 13 Champions League successes – with a 14th on the horizon in Paris on Saturday.

“I believe that [1998] that’s where it all started,” says Carlos mirror football“and Real Madrid have remained the kings of Europe ever since.”

The Brazilian’s next two wins came in 2000 and 2002, before an amazing era of dominance began as Real won four Champions Leagues in five years, a streak that ended in 2018’s win over Liverpool in Kyiv.

Carlos has kept a close eye on the Reds ever since and has been impressed with the development of Jurgen Klopp’s side.

“They were a good team then and they are a very good team now,” he continues.







Roberto Carlos is a big fan of Liverpool’s two full-backs
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“They are all very good players and Jurgen Klopp is such a great coach. Their motivation will be the same and Liverpool are one of the best teams at the moment.”

Key to that success was the development of Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson, two players who defined the position of the modern full-back, something that has often been said of Carlos in his heyday.

Indeed, with Alexander-Arnold, known for his free-kick skills, and Robertson such a threat down the left, does Carlos see a bit of himself in both?

“Alexander-Arnold is one of the best full-backs in the world right now,” he continued, “and the same goes for Robertson, who is so well qualified at his position and has such good ability on the ball.

“He’s such a great reference point for the team.”

Aside from the full-backs, there are plenty of other Carlos Brazilians to keep an eye on at Liverpool.

When the club’s three Brazil internationals – Alisson, Fabinho and Roberto Firmino – are added to him, he quickly adds a fourth, Thiago, the Italian-born Spanish midfielder of Brazilian parents who was a teammate at the former left-back.

“I watch all the games and I’m really proud of it [the four of] her,” he continues.






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“I am very happy that the Liverpool fans love the Brazilian players very much, it’s very nice to see.

“They have this opportunity to play at one of the biggest clubs in the world and it’s an honor for them and for Brazil.”

Still, he hopes they’ll be on the losing side in Paris.

“It’s going to be a very difficult game but I think Real Madrid will win because they have more experience of so many finals,” he said.

“The fact that they’ve gone through the biggest teams to get there, like Paris Saint-Germain, Chelsea and Manchester City, and because of that they’ll have that extra belief that they can do it.”

Fans in the French capital need only look out for a giant Just Eat doorbell in the city center and ring to win. Eight lucky ones will be surprised by Real Madrid legend Roberto Carlos and win tickets to Saturday night’s UEFA Champions League final.

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