The champions League is the most prestigious cup tournament in all of world football and in just under 10 days we will see who will be crowned kings of Europe. This year we saw 2 of the most sensational semi-finals as Liverpool overturned a 3-0 deficit to beat Barcelona 4-3 and Spurs managed to score 3 second half goals against Ajax to reach the first final in their history. Football expert and good friend of mine Ahmed Nashaat and I have been locked in debate as to who will lift the trophy, and here is where we currently stand.
Liverpool can count on their experience of losing last year’s Champions League final to Red Madrid, an experience which they will not wish to repeat and one which will better help them prepare for the final in Madrid. Liverpool look to be able to count on a fully fit side for this important game, something which will no doubt give them great confidence. Liverpool have only lost to Tottenham once in the last fifteen games which will also give them confidence going in to this must-win final. Having lost the Premier League title despite amassing a ridiculous 97 points and losing just 1 game, Jurgen Klopp and his players will know that this is a game which they have to win. Liverpool go into the game as rightful favorites, the question will be whether or not they can live up to the pressure.
It is a miracle that Spurs have even arrived at this stage having gained only 1 point from 3 group games, beating Man City thanks to last minute VAR drama and then their heroic fightback in the semi-finals, all without their talisman Harry Kane. Spurs are here on merit however and they will definitely fancy their chances against Liverpool. Spurs have been dreadful in the first 15 minutes of Champions League games this year, conceding 7 goals in 12 games during the early stage. Spurs will have to be more resolute in the final if they wish to have a chance. Harry Kane may or may not be fit for this game which will alter their approach, regardless it is clear that this team can still score goals without him. Spurs’ thin squad have had a much needed rest ahead of this game and against a side who press as hard as Liverpool, this will have been a blessing. Spurs can win this for sure, they need to be strong at the back and Christian Eriksen will be the key player here as the man who can cit defenses apart with a single pass. Surprisingly Moussa Sissoko has become a key part of Pochettino’s plans and he will need to be a battle ram in midfield if Spurs hope to get something from this game.
Liverpool should win this comfortably but given the other factors at play such as the pressure of a final and playing on foreign soil, it may not be as easy as they would like. Our prediction is a brilliant final which finishes 2-1 to Liverpool, what would yours be?