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‘It’s personal’ – Mo Salah reveals why he wants to face Real Madrid over Man City in Champions League final


MO SALAH admits he wants to face Real Madrid over Manchester City in the Champions League final.

And when asked why, he simply responded: “It’s personal.”

Mo Salah wants to play Real Madrid over Man City in the Champions League final

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Mo Salah wants to play Real Madrid over Man City in the Champions League finalCredit: Getty
Salah went off crying after being injured as Real beat Liverpool in the 2018 final

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Salah went off crying after being injured as Real beat Liverpool in the 2018 finalCredit: Reuters

Liverpool booked their place at this month’s final the Stade de France after playing out a thriller in Spain.

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Villarreal scored twice in the first half to cancel out Liverpool’s 2-0 win in the first leg.

But a flurry of second-half goals from the visitors saw them eventually triumph 5-2 on aggregate.

It now means Liverpool will face one of Real Madrid or Man City in the final, with the pair playing on Wednesday following last week’s 4-3 epic at the Etihad.

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But Anfield icon Salah is targeting a revenge job against Real.

The Spaniards beat Liverpool 3-1 in the 2018 Champions League final, which was held in the Ukrainian capital Kyiv.

Two goals from man-of-the-match Gareth Bale set Real on their way to victory.

But the match was overshadowed by a first-half incident involving Salah and Sergio Ramos.

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The then-Real captain dragged Salah to the ground during a challenge, with the Egyptian suffering a painful shoulder injury.

Salah was forced off the pitch in tears before watching Liverpool fall to defeat.

And speaking after Tuesday’s win at Villarreal, he made no secret of his desire to exact revenge upon Real.

Salah said: “I want to play Madrid. It’s personal. City is a really tough team.

“Personally I would prefer Madrid because we lost in the final so I want to play against them and hopefully win it from them.”

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Salah added: “It’s great to be in the final. Three times in five years is unbelievable. Everybody is happy.

“For sure [we want the Quadruple]. Why not?”

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