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Comments of Jordi Alba and Sergio Ramos reflect the difference of values between the Spanish clubs.

Barcelona’s Jordi Alba made a comment regarding UEFA Champions League Final and it stands in contrast to the remarks of Real Madrid’s captain Sergio Ramos. The difference between ideologies and values of the two Spanish giant clubs can be seen through the subscription of views of the two players. 

Published By: Dalipinder Singh Sandhu (Bliss)

The Barcelona left-back Jordi Alba today commented on the UEFA Champions League Final in Kiev where Real Madrid will play against Liverpool.

The Spaniard who has won La Liga and Copa Del Rey this season with his side admits that he will be supporting Liverpool in the Champions League Final. He claims the reason for supporting the English club is not due to the admiration of Klopp’s side, but hate for the arch-rivals Real Madrid.

“I get along with them perfectly but I want them to lose all their games. I congratulated them (last year when Real Madrid won the UCL) but I would have liked not to do so.

I want Liverpool to win. All Culés want for Real Madrid to lose, same as all Madridistas want Barça to lose, it’s a law of nature and that’s the way it should be.

I will watch the final and I hope the best wins, because I also don’t want to be dramatic. It’s a game and I will sleep the same whatever happens.”

This is not the only instance when a Barcelona player has expressed his hard feeling for their rivals. In 2014, when Real Madrid played against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League Final at Lisbon, the ex Barcelona man Hristo Stoichkov posted a picture on social media which was a bit off.

In 2016, again when Real Madrid faced their neighbors Atletico Madrid in the Champions League Final at Milan, Leonel Messi made similar remarks regarding Real Madrid and also spoke about the wish of Catalan fan base in his interview with ESPN.

“It is clear that the people at Barcelona do not want Real Madrid to win anything, it would hugely please Barcelona if Atletico beat them in the Champions League final.

What Atletico Madrid have done is great, it is not easy to beat them. They are a very tough opponent and [Diego] Simeone deserves credit for their performances.”

On the contrary, current Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos on 22nd February 2013, was asked in an entertainment show ‘El Hormiguero’ by the host Pablo Motos if he celebrated when Barcelona suffered a defeat. The response of the center-back cozied the heart of many fans.

“We are Barcelona’s rivals, but when a Spanish team plays against a foreign team I always want the Spanish side to win, be it Barcelona or anyone else.”

This season after the El Clasico, Sergio Ramos congratulated Barcelona on the win of La Liga in an admirable manner.

“La Liga was not won because of referees, they did brilliantly and we have to congratulate them. In general, they were more balanced over the year and the course of the competition.”

There have been numerous instances of rivalry between the club and the members but in the larger image when they clubs represent internationally, the difference between the values and ideologies can be seen.

Maybe the comments of Jose Mourinho were true when he claimed in his Portuguese statement that in the youth system of Barcelona i.e. La Masía, the first priority is not of teaching football but to hate Real Madrid.

There have been numerous instances where the players and fans of Blaugrana club have openly endorsed such views. Though notable players like Iniesta and Puyol were never in sync with such acts.

Will Jordi Alba and company get their wish fulfilled or will Real Madrid go on to win their 3rd consecutive UEFA Champions League title? That will be known on Saturday, 26th May 2018 at 7:45 PM CET when Real Madrid play against Liverpool in Kiev, Ukraine for the UEFA Champions League Final. The match will be telecasted live all over the world via the official broadcasting partners of UEFA.

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