Real Madrid boss and Argentine native Santiago Solari admitted he held ‘conflicted feelings’ about the Copa Libertadores final in Madrid.
River Plate and Boca Juniors go head-to-head in Sunday’s final in the Spanish capital after a postponement to the match in Argentina last month following crowd problems.
“It is an event which gives me conflicted feelings,” Solari told reporters.
“On the one hand, it is an honour for Real Madrid and for our stadium to host a Copa Libertadores final – an El Clasico of Argentinean football, the clash between the two strongest teams in the country.
“I hope that a stadium such as ours, with such history, can help to give a great end to this final, which has been a complicated final, and it is a great honour for the city.
“On the other hand, I cannot ignore the fact that resulted in this game being played here, an ocean away from Buenos Aires.
“That broke a lot of hearts and it is a shame, mostly for the children, mostly because of that.
“It is a shame that a small part of our society wants to break everything, it is a shame.”