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Picking starting line-up will not be an easy task, admits Zidane

By Carl Markham

Zinedine Zidane has admitted that it will 'hurt' when he names his Real Madrid starting line-up for tonight's Champions League final, such is the depth of quality in his squad.

While Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has few decisions to make about his squad, how Madrid will line up remains unclear.

Gareth Bale is by no means assured of a start in Kiev, with Isco likely preferred.

When asked whether his team selection would hurt him, Zidane said: "Yes. And what's more, I have said it before, it's the worst moment for a coach.

"There are players who won't ever get their kit on and others who won't play, but the players know that. I have to accept that, it's my responsibility."

One player certain of his place is Cristiano Ronaldo, despite a recent ankle injury that initially appeared to threaten his involvement.

Zidane dispelled any notion that the Champions League's all-time leading scorer would miss the sixth European Cup final of his career when asked whether Ronaldo would be '150 per cent'.

"He looks good to me. If it's 140 per cent, no problem. We have the last session now, and then the last game of the season and you want to know he lives for games like this.

"The satisfaction is giving everything. I tell the players that: give it all. I feel valued because I give everything. What people think, I can't control."

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