Former Real Madrid player Kaká who made 85 appearance for the Spanish club from the year 2009-2013 has backed the Los Blancos to overcome the Manchester City challenge and go onto to play the final of the UEFA champions league. Although Kaká feels that there are no favorites in this match and the City will not be easy pushovers for Real Madrid.
“In semifinals there is no rival who is easier to beat than the other,” the Orlando City midfielder told Marca. “There are no favorites in this edition, but I hope that Madrid make it to another final.”
Kaká believes that the pressure will be on Zidane’s men to perform because their fans expect them to win titles every year and if they fail to do so they are criticized from all corners.
“They have the responsibility to do everything well each season,” he said. “If they don’t win, everyone always talks about failure but in Madrid, they live for that jealousy and all that pressure from the media. I think if they went a whole year without winning but they grew as a team and formed a solid group for the following season, etc., then they would value other things and not just titles.”
He appreciated the coaching staff, President and the team for making it to the finals every year and he pointed out their 10th European title the side won two years ago.
“Madrid have a great coaching staff, president and a very good team,” he said. “They are always in finals and they won Champions League two years ago. [Real Madrid coach Zinedine] Zidane got them to the semifinal and they are playing at top level.”
Real Madrid and Manchester City play the first leg of the semi final clash on the 26th of April at the Etihad stadium before travelling to the Bernabeu for their match on the 4th of May.