Real Madrid have been on a fantastic run under Juande Ramos, and it appears that a string of wins has started going to their heads. The president has made a very bold claim ahead of his team’s two matches against Liverpool, forecasting wins for the Spanish champions at the Bernabeu and Anfield.
The Daily Mail reports that Vicente Boluda has joined a long list of football club presidents who make wildly inaccurate predictions to try and please supporters and win more votes. He’s going for a modest 3-0 win at the Bernabeu on Wednesday, followed by a 2-1 victory for Madrid in the second leg (nice that he’s given the Reds a goal there).
‘We will win 3-0 in the Bernabeu which will be a great party,’ he said. ‘Then we will win 2-1 in Liverpool.’
On the eve of the first leg he said: ‘We will go on to win the Champions League.’
Amazingly (!), the bookmakers don’t agree with Boluda the expert, making Real the slight outsiders to knock Liverpool out, while they are double figure odds to win the competition. Do Reds supporters just find this prediction hilarious? Surely it will give Rafael Benitez something to post on the dressing room wall before the match, thus acting as motivation for the 2005 winners.