‘Lisbon will be a fantastic host’

Former Portugal midfielder Paulo Sousa believes that Lisbon is the perfect host for the Champions League final.

The Portuguese capital will be the venue for Real Madrid’s clash with Atletico Madrid on Saturday evening.

And the ex-Benfica man is confident that the Estadio da Luz will be the ideal stadium for what is sure to be a classic encounter.

"I was involved as a broadcaster in Euro 2004 in some games at Benfica’s stadium and also Portugal won the Under-20 World Cup there," he told goal.com.

"A full stadium is always amazing but the atmosphere is something really special.

“Being Portuguese, it’s more recognition of everything that we can do, the way we can receive people, the stadiums we have. 

“Since Euro 2004 all the stadiums that were built are really good. Benfica is a club with lots of tradition in the Champions League, with also the imagery of Eusebio and the environment around Portugal, the love we have for football, the passion. 

“The city and the stadium will produce a fantastic final.”