Figo: Decima important for prestige

Luis Figo does not believe there is much pressure on Real Madrid’s players to win the club’s tenth Champions League title.

Instead, the Portuguese describes the feeling at his old club as one of hope as they prepare to take on rivals Atletico Madrid in Saturday’s final in Lisbon.

However, speaking at a charity event earlier today, the former midfielder said victory in Europe’s premier club competition would do wonders for Los Blancos’ prestige throughout the world of football.

He also dismissed the notion that either side were favourites for the match, arguing that all finals are there to be won by both teams.

“In a final there are no favourites,” Figo told journalists. “Both teams are evenly matched but in addition being favourites means nothing in terms of winning a final.

“Finals are there to be won. They are decided by a set of circumstances. You need to have individual quality, intensity, play as a team and have a bit of luck. Everything matters.

“Diego Costa being out could be a big influence. He has been a vital player for Atleti this season and he would be a big loss.

“I don’t think that there is so much pressure to win La Decima. What is present is the hope of winning this title. In terms of the prestige of the club it is very important.”

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