The apotheosis of European club football, the Champions League final, is just around the corner. Saturday at 8:45 pm Real Madrid and Liverpool are facing each other to decide who can call themselves the best club in Europe for a year. A fascinating fight in advance, with Liverpool as the main contender.
From a European perspective, Liverpool can present a good report. In the Champions League it only lost one of its twelve matches, namely the last semi-final match against AS Roma. In addition, it managed to score in eleven of its twelve games and that resulted in no fewer than forty goals. This while the team itself gave up only sixteen goals. Not only the nice figures give confidence for the final, the vulnerability of Real Madrid also plays a role because the title holder kept the goal clean in only three of his twelve matches.
Spiers in blood form
With a defensive weakness, the Liverpool vanguard knows how to handle it. The attackers of The Reds are already in blood form throughout the Champions League campaign. Roberto Firmino and Mohammed Salah are both good for ten goals in twelve games and in addition, Sadio Mane has hit eight times in ten games. Statistics to lick your fingers at. The number of assists from Firmino, Salah and Mane together (14) shows that the players at Liverpool give each other something. Under coach Jurgen Klöpp, the team has grown into a team. The number four of the Premier League has confidence, smells blood and will hunt down their prey and disrupt with attacking football.
Moderate knockout phase
Real Madrid turned into a difficult knockout phase. In both the meetings with Paris Saint-Germain, Juventus and Bayern Munich, the opponent was often better and the team of coach Zinédine Zidane got through the eye of the needle. The individual class ultimately made the difference in the meetings. The home duel with Bayern Munich was a draw in which keeper Keylor Navas became the best player on the field. For a third Champions League win in a row, Real will have to tap a different bar. The team cannot continue to fall back on Cristiano Ronaldo, who again was the deciding factor for his team with fifteen goals in twelve duels this season. The Liverpool collective has the ability to crack the Real soloists on Saturday.
Real Madrid 2.20
Liverpool wins with 1-2 11.50
Both teams score: 1.38
Liverpool scores in both halves: 3.25
Real Madrid: 2.15
Liverpool wins with 1-2 12.00
Both teams score: 1.40
Liverpool scores in both halves: 3.10
Real Madrid: 2.24
Liverpool wins with 1-2 9.05
Both teams score: 1.39
Liverpool scores in both halves: 3.15