Real Madrid v Liverpool – Champions League Final
After another hectic football season around Europe, the two that have come out above anyone else to play in arguably the best club competition in the world will go head to head in just over a weeks time. Real Madrid will face off with Liverpool on Saturday the 26th of May in Kiev for the Champions League trophy, one that has been won by Real Madrid in two of the last three seasons. There’s a lot to talk about going into this game including star players, form, how each ended up in there own domestic competitions and more.
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Real Madrid v Liverpool Champions League form
Real Madrid have played 12 games to get to this stage, winning 8, drawing 2 and losing 2. Real Madrid had arguably the toughest group being paired with Borussia Dortmund, Tottenham Hotspur and APOEL. However, they managed to get through, dropping just four points in six games. This sore them put up against Paris Saint-Germain who were the favourites to win the competition from the start. Real soon gave themselves the advantage, winning the first leg 3-1 and when an injury occurred to Neymar, the tie win looked good. They managed to go to Paris and win again, winning the tie 5-2 on aggregate.
The games didn’t come much easier from here as it was Juventus the next up. The draw meant Real Madrid has to play away first and at the time they would have thought to just stay in the tie. But no, Real Madrid won the game 3-0 which all but gave them a spot in the semifinals. Juventus had different ideas, leading Real 3-0 at the Bernabeu Stadium until the last minute when Real Madrid were awarded a controversial penalty. Ronaldo stepped up and scored sending them through to the semi-finals.
Bayern Much were the next team drawn and once again Madrid had to play away first. They went on to win the game 2-1 which again made them look good for the final. The home tie was yet again made tough and at one point they were heading out. But two goals from the side gave them the advantage and Bayern were only able to get a draw which sore them knocked out.
This has left them in the final alongside Liverpool who have also had an amazing run to get to the Champions League final 2018.
If you are including the qualifying games Liverpool had to play, they have played two more times than there fellow finalists, having seen off German side Hoffenheim over two legs. Liverpool’s stats coming into this one are won 9, drawn 4 and lost just the one. The only defeat for Liverpool this season came in there last game away to Roma, where they only needed to keep a 5-2 advantage to get to the final.
Liverpool went on to win their group finishing three points above Sevilla. The last 16 tie was up against a strong and very organised Porto side but the tie was all but over in the first leg as Liverpool won 5-0 in Portugal. It was a shock result for teams all around Europe and was the time everyone started to really take Liverpool seriously in the competition. A bore draw in the reverse leg was more than enough for Liverpool to make it through which sore a horrible looking tie against Manchester City.
Manchester City have ripped the Premier League apart this season, winning the title by 19 points and scoring goals for run. However, Liverpool had already beaten them earlier in the season and it was clear they had the confidence that they could do again. Over two legs it looked a tough ask but when they went 3-0 up before half-time, even the fans started to believe it. Liverpool actually went on to win both legs 3-0 and 2-1 making it look an easy tie for them.
Roma were next up and Liverpool didn’t waste time, shooting into a 5-0 lead in the first home tie. They conceded two late on which gave Roma a bit of hope, but everyone sore it as done. Roma did scare Liverpool in Rome, winning 4-2. One more goal and they would have taken the game to extra time. However, it wasn’t enough as Liverpool made it into the Champions League final.
Real Madrid & Liverpool Champions League full history
Real Madrid have won 12 Champions League titles in their history with three coming in the last four years. Another win this year and it’ll be three in a row.
Liverpool have won the competition five times in there history with there last coming in 2005. It was arguably the most famous Champions League win coming back from 3 goals behind at half-time.
Former Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard lifting the Champions League trophy after coming from 3-0 down to win against AC Milan in 2005.
Real Madrid & Liverpool form in Domestic competitions
La Liga – 3rd
Copa Del Rey – Quarter-finals
Supercopa de Espana – Winners
UEFA Super Cup – Winners
FIFA Club World Cup – Winners
Champions League – Finalists
Coming third in La Liga and only getting to the quarter-finals in the Copa Del Rey will be seen as very disappointing for Real Madrid. However, I’m sure a Champions League win would make up for that.
Premier League – 4th
FA Cup – Fourth Round
EFL Cup – Third Round
Champions League – Finalists
Securing 4th is a positive for Liverpool but in all other competitions this season they have been very poor. Just like Real, that will all be forgotten if they can win on the 26th.
Real Madrid & Liverpool star players
Cristiano Ronaldo – Arguably the world best ever player will be at centre stage again. Ronaldo is Reals top goalscorer this season and always seems to step up in the big games.
Gareth Bale – Bale has been given limited chances this season but when he has, he has looked a huge threat. No doubt he will play a big part if given the nod.
Toni Kroos – Kroos is the player that makes everything happens. Alongside Modric who is another big part of this tea. Those two could prove pivotal in stopping the Liverpool attacks.
Isco – Isco is a playmaker in this Real Madrid team and links up well with the likes of Ronaldo, Bale and Benzema. An important role for him if he starts.
Sergio Ramos – The Real Madrid captain has been important for this side for many years now and is going to be a huge part of this game if Real are to stop Liverpool from stopping.
Real Madrid’s Sergio Ramos lifting his third Champions League trophy in four years at Real Madrid.
Mohamed Salah – Mohamed Salah has been one of the best players in Europe this season and has won numerous individual awards. If Liverpool are to win, he has to play well.
Sadio Mane – Mane brings a huge amount of pace to this Liverpool side alongside Salah and will make it extremely hard for the Real defense to stop them.
Roberto Firmino – Firmino goes as a bit of an unsung hero in this side. He is not as quick as the two above, but he certainly makes himself a nuisance and will make it a daunting task for Real Madrid.
Jordan Henderson – Henderson gets a lot of criticism from fans around England, but there is no doubt his leadership goes a long way within this Liverpool side.
Virgil Van Dijk – Van Dijk has strengthened up the Liverpool defence since his move from Southampton. If Liverpool are to keep the likes of Ronaldo, Bale and Benzema out, he has to be at the top of his game.
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