Real Madrid record-setter makes bold Champions League final prediction

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Real Madrid great Paco Gento has expressed little doubt that Los Merengues will win the Champions League final when they meet Atletico Madrid later this month.

Gento—who won a record six European Cups during his time with Real, more than any other player—has backed Los Blancos to seal a repeat of their showing against their city rivals in 2014.

Two years ago, Real won their tenth title when they beat Atletico in extra time in Lisbon, when a 93rd-minute goal from Sergio Ramos cancelled out Diego Godin’s first-half opener.

Real ultimately ran away with the match in extra time, adding three further goals through Gareth Bale, Marcelo and Cristiano Ronaldo, as Diego Simeone’s side fell at the final hurdle.

This year, the Madrid pair will repeat their 2014 showing, having beaten Manchester City and Bayern Munich respectively in the semi-finals.

Speaking at the Villamagna Hotel on Monday—as reported by Marca—Gento is expecting a repeat in the result as well as the match-up.

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“We will win,” the 82-year-old predicted boldly, “as we did in Portugal.”

Gento’s record six European Cups came between 1955 and 1966, while he also won a magnificent 12 Spanish titles before leaving the club in 1971.

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