• 20-MAY-2014

Real Madrid players talk UEFA Champions League Final at launch of adidas 'Battle Pack' boots

Real Madrid star Angel Di María says its great to have a new manager in Ancelotti and the atmosphere in the Real Madrid dressing room is now spectacular. Speaking at the launch of the 2014 adidas Battle Pack' boots at the club's Valdebebas training ground Di Maria also admitted he only recently grasped the true importance of the European Cup to the Spanish giants and the club's fans.

Whatever medicine Carlo Ancelotti brought to Real Madrid this season it appears to have cued the illness Jose Mourinho left behind when he moved back to Chelsea. A place in the final of the UEFA Champions League in his first season in charge even with all his experience the Italian coach has surely surprised himself. According to Argentina's Angel Di María coach Ancelotti has helped produce a spectacular atmosphere in the Real Madrid dressing room, something that seem impossible to achieve just six months ago. Its Real Madrid verses Atletico Madrid in Lisbon on May 24th the first ever same-city final in the 59-year history of the European Cup. Team-mates Alvaro Morata and Asier Illarramendi joined Di Maria at the adidas 'Battle Pack' boot unveiling, Morata said a win for the club would, "remove all the pressure. It was 2002 the last time Real Madrid won the UEFA Champions League a win in Lisbon would bring the club it's tenth title. Ateltico Madrid have reached the final once but never won Europe's premier football competition.

All video content is Spanish Language. Translations below for Main Event video in order of appearance;

Angel Di María, Real Madrid CF
Question: A Champions League final in the first season with a new manager must be more than you could have hoped for?
ANSWER: "Yes its really nice to have new manager he has got us to the champions league final in his first year that´s great for everyone here, the atmospere in the dressing room is spectacular we are in the champions league final everyone here is very happy.¨

Angel Di María, Real Madrid CF
Question: Is there a special feeling in the city of Madrid at the moment?
ANSWER: "Yes this is very true the day I came here to Real Madrid I realized how important is the Champions League was to the club. It is what the fans are desperate for and now that they see we are in the final supporters are coming up to us all the time and telling us we must win it for them and Real Madrid.

Alvaro Morata, Real Madrid CF
QUESTION: What does it mean to Real Madrid to win the Champions League?
ANSWER: "It's the greatest joy we can give to the Madrid supporters. It's taken many years to try and reach the final and win it. Winning this final would be the biggest achievement of the last few years. This could be the end. It might be the beginning of a new chapter and without too much pressure in winning the Champions League. The supporters might enjoy this more and the team as well."

Asier Illarramendi, Real Madrid CF
QUESTION: What do you expect from the Champions League Final?
ANSWER: "Its going to be complicated match but if the whole club pulls together we have s some very good players and there is a great atmosphere in the dressing room at the moment we have a very good manager who has won a lot of titles and that will help us."

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