Mo Salah admitted that the Liverpool squad wanted a rematch against Real Madrid. They will have it. After the clash of the two powerhouses at the 2018 Champions League Final in Kiyv, they will face each other again, this time in Paris.
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Has the time come for the… revenge of the Reds, or will “Los Blancos” celebrate their 14th European Trophy? Karim Benzema, Sadio Mane and Mo Salah are going to give the ultimate battle, as the winner of the trophy, will become the strongest favourite for the Balon d’Or!
Liverpool lived the drama in the Premier League finale. In their last game at Anfield, the Reds came from behind to win against Wolves (3-1) and hoped for a gift from Steven Gerrard and his Villagers. Aston Villa took a two-goal lead against Manchester City, giving hope to the “Kop”. However, the Citizens made a thrilling comeback, letting Liverpool empty handed. Now, they should focus on the Champions League Final, hoping for a better result than the one in 2018 in Kyiv.
Back then, Real Madrid won the trophy (3-1), with Liverpool losing Salah very early in this match, after a Sergio Ramos challenge. Moreover, the history of their games does not favour Jurgen Klopp’s team, as they haven’t won any of the last for between the two teams in the Champions League (1 Draw, 4 Defeats). Los Blancos have lifted the trophy in all of their last seven appearances in the final, but their last defeat has come at the hands of Liverpool, back in 1981!
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This year, Real Madrid should regain their pace, as they haven’t played a truly competitive match since the second semi-final against Manchester City. Carlo Ancelotti would love to have some more tension in the LaLiga battle for the trophy, so that to retain the pace of his players. Especially, as most of them, are in a “Last Dance” mode, having more than 100 appearances in the competition (Benzema, Kroos, Modric, Marcelo, Alaba). However, they proved themselves this year, keeping everyone on the edge of their seat and eliminating Chelsea, PSG and Manchester City, on the way to the finale.
They did it in fashion, with historical comebacks. PSG was the first victim of the “Blancos”, as they have overcome a two goals deficit in the second leg. Chelsea, scored three times in the “Santiago Bernabeu”, turning around their 3-1 defeat in London. However, Rodrygo in the 80th minute and Karim Benzema on extra time, have given an… spare life to Real Madrid’s season. In the semifinals, after a stunning 4-3 at the Etihad, they were down one as the two teams approached the 90th minute. Rodrygo’s brace sent them to extra time and Benzema was there to score from the penalty box, his 15th goal of the season and his 10th in the knockouts, to become the third all-time scorer in the Champions League!
On the contrary, Liverpool had no problem eliminating Inter Milan, Benfica and Villareal. Against the Spanish side in the semifinals, they won the first match (2-0), but they saw their opponent come back in the first half of the second leg (2-0). Jurgen Klopp’s side, scored three times in 12 minutes (62’, 67’, 74’) to secure their return in the final, after three years.
⚽️ Two of the best strikers in the Champions League
⚽️ Their stats this year, just before the final
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Verdict: It’s going to be a close battle against two teams that have two stunning attacking lines. Liverpool have better pace, as they were battling for the championship, while Real Madrid are in idle mode, having won only once in their last four for the LaLiga. We pick Liverpool to win, but both teams to score and Karim Benzema to find the net, in what is a must-watch finale of the 2021-22 Champions League.
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