Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Final Will Be an Interesting One - Benitez

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Final Will Be an Interesting One - Benitez

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RAFA Benitez predicts a "very interesting" Champions League final between "top sides" Liverpool and Real Madrid later this month.

The Newcastle United manager famously led the then-unfancied Reds to the Champions League title in 2005 - completing an historic three-goal comeback in the final against AC Milan which has become affectionately known as 'The Miracle of Istanbul' - and Liverpool have not claimed another European Cup since.

However, Benitez - who has managed both Liverpool and boyhood club Real - expects an exciting spectacle in Kiev on May 26 when the Reds chase their sixth European title.

Twice-defending champions Madrid will target a 13th continental triumph.

"We have plenty of time to talk about that," Benitez replied when asked his thoughts on Liverpool's progression to their first Champions League final since 2007, when the Spaniard was at the Anfield helm.

"It will be very interesting to see these top sides playing in the final. …

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