Spaniards polar to fight for the European Champions Title

Published May 23rd, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

European football reaches its climax on Wednesday with a celebration of Spaniards talent as the European Champions League title for this season goes nowhere, but for one of the Spanish finalists. 

Marking out a history as for the first time ever two compatriots meet on the final of the European Champions, where both rivals Real Madrid and Valencia will compete in Paris at the Stade de France. 

The lower-profile team, Valencia is expected to keep their last two matches’ performance, which qualified them to the final, beating Italy’s giant Lazio and conquering their rivals Barcelona. 

Valencia need their coach’s experiences Hector Cuper more than before, to line up his team who indeed will have a hard time fighting the traditional of seven-time winners, Real Madrid who will try to overfull their cupboard with the eighth cup. 

Tomorrow’s mission will be quite hard, especially on Valencia’s side who will hold all hopes on their captain Mendita, Claudio Lopez and Kelly Goazales to celebrate the first title of its type. 

Vincente Del Bosque’s Madrid side have already beaten last year’s finalists Manchester United and Bayren Munich in their last two ties and on paper are favorites against Cuper’s men. 

But Cuper may introduce 21-year-old defender Gerardo Garcia, due to the suspension of Italy’s Amedeo Carboni, or he might field Joaquim Bjorklund. 

The record for both teams in the Spanish Cup is exactly the same, with 10 wins for each side and four draws. 

“I believe we have an equal chance of winning the final,” Cuper was quoted by France football magazine. 

Valencia, this season have grabbed four points from their challengers. They won an extraordinary match at the Bernabeu 3-2, roaring 3-0 ahead inside the 38 minutes and then withstood a furious comeback from home side. The return was drawn 1-1. 

Yet for all Valencia’s superior form, Madrid will still have the credit and the confidence– 


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