Real Madrid dressing room secrets revealed ahead of Liverpool Champions League final

Get Liverpool FC updates directly to your inbox+ SubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribing!When canada goose clearance sale Liverpool last won the Champions League in 2005, Jerzy Dudek was the hero of Istanbul. The big Pole in Liverpool's goal made a miraculous save from Andriy Shevchenko in extra time and then denied the Ukrainian international in the penalty shoot out to earn the Reds a fifth European Cup.Shevchenko was the reigning European Footballer of the Year at the time and 13 years later Jurgen Klopp's side will face the current Ballon d'Or holder Cristiano Ronaldo when Liverpool take on Real Madrid in Kiev.After leaving Anfield in 2007, Dudek spent four years at the Bernabeu and shared a dressing room with Ronaldo from 2009 to 2011, getting to know him well.Writing in his 2016 autobiography, Jerzy Dudek: A Big Pole in Our Goal, the former Liverpool goalkeeper lifted the lid on Ronaldo's professionalism, his ego and one of his run wins with Jose Mourinho.You've probably read a lot about him, but Cristiano is one of the most professional players you could ever meet. If training was due to Canada Goose Jackets start at 11am he'd be there for 9.15am. He did extra work in the gym before and after our 90 minute training sessions. I watched him for almost two years and I can say that everything he achieved on the pitch is through his own hard work. He also symbolises the modern football superstar not many others have their own brand like his CR7 and very quickly became the Canada Goose online number one name at Real.Cristiano is ambitious. He wants to be the star. If he doesn't receive a pass when he thinks canada goose deals he should, he sulks. This sometimes ped the lads off, but we got used to it. His personality and character is similar to Raul's. Raul wasn't always happy when we won 3 0 and he didn't score. He preferred a modest 2 1 win with him on the scoresheet. He adored scoring the buy canada goose jacket winning goal, being the hero, and Cristiano is the same. He wants to be the goalscorer at all costs and has an egotistical mentality about it. I think he sees team mates as assistants who are working towards his greatness and this irritated our manager, Jose Mourinho.(Image: Angel Martinez/Getty Images)Mourinho worked with him a lot. He knew his compatriot cared more about his Canada Goose Outlet own success than that of the team, but wouldn't accept canadian goose jacket it. He explicitly warned him against provoking supporters and team mates Canada Goose sale with his gestures and reactions on the pitch and told him he must become more of a team player. Mourinho was keen to avoid Ronaldo thinking that if Real Madrid won it was because of himself and if we didn't it was because of canada goose outlet the rest of us, but that took a long time to happen.Ahead of one game against Barcelona his instruction to the front three was not to press the Barca players in their own half but to draw them forward to try to hit them on the counter attack. Ronaldo ignored him. Right from the kick off he chased the ball from right back, to centre back to left back in their half, was unable to win it and then turned around to the other lads and gestured 'why aren't you backing me up?' The crowd booed, thinking the others weren't putting any effort in!Afterwards, Mourinho asked him in the dressing room why he had ignored him. Cristiano is the type of guy who is not afraid of exchanging words and he and Mourinho then had a frank, aggression free discussion in front of the rest of us about their differing tactical views.Several of the other lads had their say and I sat there thinking if they'd had the discussion six months earlier then maybe the team would have gelled quicker and we would have won La Liga, and perhaps the Champions League, rather than Barcelona.Read MoreChampions League finalDudek, who made 186 appearances for LFC and was capped 59 times by Poland, also explained how Ronaldo spent hours practicing his trademark free kicks against him and hours in front of the mirror but also revealed how the former Manchester United forward's mood changes if Real Madrid lose a canada goose big Champions League game, something every Liverpool supporter hopes will happen on 26 May.I regularly stayed late after training so Cristiano could practice his famous free kicks. Obviously he had to get good at them to score past me! He can make a ball move at a different trajectory than any other player and this is always put down to the way he connects with it, but there is another reason. Ronaldo has small feet. I have faced a couple of other players who can hit a ball like him, but with less power, and they had small feet too. Cristiano takes a UK size seven boot and I think having smaller feet allows him to control the power in his legs better than others. He effectively crushes a ball when he strikes it so it flies off like a balloon that is losing its air. Trying to stop a ball that moves in different directions at such pace is incredibly difficult. canada goose store I came to realise that in training!Jurgen Klopp on changing Canada Goose Parka his final luck, crazy Liverpool and why he's unimportantI also have to say that Cristiano is a perfect role model off the pitch for young players, but he is very image conscious. He got his hair cut every couple of days and would spend a long time in front of the mirror in the dressing room to ensure he looked his best before TV interviews and matches. He would join in the banter with the other lads in the dressing room, but he didn't take losing very canada goose coats well.We lost to Lyon in the Champions League and I had invited the boxing champion, Dariusz Michalczewski, to the canada goose clearance game as my guest. He came to watch us train the cheap Canada Goose next day and was shocked when he saw Cristiano arrive and refuse to sign autographs for some kids: "I'm going to fing smash him," said Darek. "F getting a picture with him and his autograph. How can he be like that with kids?" I calmed him down and spoke to Cristiano.How Real Madrid and the Spanish media view Liverpool including confidence over Reds' 'fragile mentality'"I'm not here for fing autographs," he said angrily. "I'm here to win. We went out of the Champions League to fing Lyon last night. I'm ped off, leave me alone."The kids were especially disappointed with him and it came across like he was being a prima donna, but Ronaldo is a perfectionist who takes defeats personally. Thankfully Darek didn't get to him. Ronaldo might never have won a Golden Boot after a knock out blow from him!Jerzy Dudek is a Liverpool hero for his work in IstanbulJerzy Dudek also played with three other members of the Real Madrid team Marcelo, Sergio Ramos and Karim Benzema that are set to face Liverpool in the Champions League final and encountered manager Zinedine Zidane, who was working as an advisor at the Bernabeu at the time.Zinedine Zidane A legend. I tried to get Zidane's shirt after Feyenoord played Juventus in 1997, but he had promised canada goose black friday sale it to somebody else. Zizou is a gentleman who never raises his voice but gets his points across when he needs to. He was Florentino Perez's 'advisor' when I was at Real but in reality he would pass his experience on to us, sometimes in the dressing room as if he was the coach. He progressed to be coach at Real and I think some of the passionate fighting spirit he showed as a player, canada goose coats on sale most famously in the 2006 World Cup final when he head butted Marco Materazzi, is evident in his team.Marcelo told to 'pray' over Mohamed Salah by man who likened Liverpool to 's on a stick'Marcelo When I was playing in Istanbul for Liverpool, Marcelo was still playing futsal in Brazil so it tells you of his progress that he signed for Real Madrid in 2007. I marvelled at how well he took to being at a gigantic club and I noticed that he continued to adopt some of his futsal techniques such as using the sole of his boot to control a ball. He was one of the jokers in the dressing room he'd juggle a ball like a circus artist before games and because I was older he called me 'grandpa'. He also went on some remarkable trips. We were given a weekend off so he jumped on a plane to Sao Paulo, had dinner with his family, stayed the night and then after a spot of lunch jumped on another plane back to buy canada goose jacket cheap Madrid so he didn't miss training. He was in the air for 22 hours and in Brazil for less than a day, but Marcelo is very close to his family so to him it was worth it.

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