The last time Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho and Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane went head-to-head as sides competing in a Champions League final was in 2002, when United won 3-2 on aggregate.
But a glance at the statistics suggests that the 50th edition of Europe’s elite club competition could not be more different.
The Portuguese manager has won just one of his eight games against Zidane, and suffered two red cards as a result.
He lost his only other match against Real, and was sent off in his next two games.
Now Zidane has come out on top three times in the past four matches, including twice in the past week, with Cristiano Ronaldo scoring four goals in each.
“I have the experience of a final against them. In 2010, I finished third and the season before, we finished third,” Mourinho said after United’s recent 1-0 win over Valencia.
“But the story of the final is different, we’re playing against a team that is out to win the final.
“That’s how it is, and that’s why you have to be ready. No doubt we’re in a final of the Champions League, but we know the consequences. I have the respect and admiration of Zidane, but not the respect and admiration of him as a manager.”
The final takes place at the Stade de France on Saturday (19:45 BST).
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Champions League predictions
Sporting Lisbon v Atletico Madrid (Play-off round), Uefa Cup. Ronaldo will be on fire.
Caballero’s nerves of steel
It’s curtains for Manchester City’s Claudio Bravo after Pep Guardiola admitted he won’t play him again in Europe.
The Chilean goalkeeper made a mistake on De Jong’s equaliser for Feyenoord in the second leg of the last-16 tie and conceded his side’s third goal, which sparked Guardiola’s fury on the touchline.
(West Ham play Barcelona on Tuesday).
NONORWALD TAN, BBC Sport, Manchester
Manchester City v Sevilla (Last 16, first leg), Champions League, Etihad Stadium. Bravo will need all his nerves of steel to play. This is his final game for City and his team-mates have shown they do not trust him.
Bale ‘a disaster’
Bale is a disaster for Wales, not only with his squandering of opportunities but his arrogance and channelling of negativity and cynicism. He has ruined the best back five in the world for Wales. What is his total worth? I would say 50 million euros plus.
JOHN HENRY, BBC Radio 5 live
Manchester City v Sevilla (Champions League Last 16, first leg), Etihad Stadium. Nerves of steel will be required from Bravo and the fact that City have lost in their last two home European ties against this opposition – the latest in 2011 – will have served as a boost to City.
SPENCER BAYLISS, BBC Radio 5 live
Bayer Leverkusen v Barcelona (Quarter-final, first leg), Wembley Stadium. Barca’s apparent flowy back four, with Gerard Pique simply wrapped up, has led to plenty of talk about it being a tactical mistake, but I expect it to be a solid game.
Worse, Barca have played midweek and many of their players have since been recuperating, and will probably arrive late and not be full fit.
Newcastle sign Benteke…
Shame Newcastle wasted the chance to sign Antoine Griezmann, wouldn’t have thought that was happening.
And Senegal’s striker Sadio Mane was no angel.
But why else would Liverpool use Virgil van Dijk and Philippe Coutinho for the first time in their Champions League campaign? What a line-up.