Fabio Capello has tipped Real Madrid to win this season’s UEFA Champions League.

Capello says Thibaut Courtois was key for their quarterfinal defeat of Chelsea.

The former Real coach said, “As far as Real Madrid-Chelsea is concerned, you can prepare as much as you want for a game, but against teams of this level the slightest mistake condemns you. Then sometimes the goalkeeper saves you, as Real had last night with Courtois.

“But both had prepared well, then Ancelotti was very good with the substitutions, throwing in freshness and quality. I repeat, you can prepare whatever you want, but when you have players of this quality anything can happen.”

He added: “It’s possible, Real Madrid are humble. They know they have a superior squad but they all sacrifice, Ancelotti gives them personality and they have an incredible centre forward. For me they weren’t the favourites, but now in my opinion they can be.”


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