Rivaldo Exclusive: Real Madrid my favourites in the Champions League, despite Haaland's 'show'

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Rivaldo and Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti
Madrid are the team with the most tradition in the competition, says Rivaldo

Betfair ambassador Rivaldo is back in the seat for Betfair to talk the outrights in the Champions League, predicting Real Madrid once more despite the amazing performance from Erling Haaland...

  • Ancelotti and Real my favourites to win the Champions League

  • Haaland a future Golden Ball winner

  • Richarlison can finish in form ahead of next season

  • Madrid over City, Bayern

    We already have the teams that will play the quarter-finals of the Champions League with Real Madrid beating Liverpool again, showing that they are still the team to beat in the competition.

    Yes, theoretically Manchester City have the best squad and the best players, however Real Madrid are the team with the most tradition in the competition, and the one who knows best how to play the decisive matches.

    That's why I still believe that Real Madrid are the favourites to win the Champions League at the moment, closely followed by Manchester City (who have the best squad) and Bayern (who also have a lot of experience in decisive phases).

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    Erling Haaland just a matter of time before he wins the Golden Ball

    Top scorer Erling Haaland gave us a 'show' against RB Leipzig, scoring five goals and reaching more than 30 goals in the Champions League in only 25 matches played.

    His finishing ability is impressive, and I have little doubt that one day he will be Golden Ball winner, especially because he made the right choice by signing with Manchester City; a very strong club that always wins titles.

    They have yet to win Champions League in their history, however they are a lot closer with Haaland on the pitch and that has been shown by his performances this season.

    Richarlison will have a chance to finish the season on a high

    This has been a very difficult season for Richarlison who moved to a bigger team in England but could not impose himself immediately because of injuries, and some less positive performances than expected.

    However, he had a World Cup year where he did very well, scoring several goals, but then he came back injured has been taking his time to regain his best form.

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    His venting after the Champions League exit is perfectly acceptable as a player of great quality who knows he can give more on the pitch and the truth is, that it seems to have done him good.

    Against Forest, he had a good performance providing an assist for a goal and I am confident that he can finish the season in good form, thus coming out well placed to have a much more consistent campaign next season.

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