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Champions League final: Liverpool vs Real Madrid | UEFA Champions League

Liverpool vs Real Madrid

Form, stats, key players and why they can win it – UEFA.com assesses this season’s UEFA Champions League finalists.

LIVERPOOL (ENG)

All Liverpool’s goals en route to the Champions League final

All Liverpool’s goals en route to the Champions League final

Why they can win it

The similarity to the 2018/19 Champions League-winning campaign is that domestically Liverpool are chasing a rampant Manchester City, and it seems that having such an objective always brings the best out of Jürgen Klopp’s team. When they hit top form, and everything works in devastating harmony, it’s hard to see anyone coping with them.

This season

Highlights: Villarreal 2-3 Liverpool

Highlights: Villarreal 2-3 Liverpool

Campaign so far

Liverpool have faced stiff competition, which makes it even more impressive that they sport a near-perfect record: 12 games and just one loss in the round of 16 second leg against Inter. In fact, it was only the Nerazzurri who consistently troubled Klopp’s side, at least until a nerve-wracking first-half display in the second leg of their semi-final against Villarreal. The way the Reds bounced back was a statement in itself, however.

How they play

Klopp rarely deviates from his tried and tested 4-3-3 formation – a system that has served the Reds wonderfully well since the German’s arrival in 2015. Their high-intensity pressing has been refined in recent seasons – with a little help from smart acquisitions such as Diogo Jota and Luis Díaz – but it remains just as effective. At their best, they are arguably Europe’s finest side.

Mohamed Salah: Every Champions League goal

Mohamed Salah: Every Champions League goal

Key player: Mohamed Salah

The Egypt forward has been the face of this Liverpool side since arriving from Roma in 2017. A star at Basel, he first landed in England with Chelsea in 2014 but has proved a major talent on Merseyside, his pace, intelligence and finishing helping him bag 33 Champions League goals for the club.

Coach: Jürgen Klopp

Liverpool boss since 2015, Klopp guided the Reds to continental glory in 2018/19 and to their first English title in 30 years the next season. A striker turned defender at Mainz, he masterminded two Bundesliga titles with Dortmund before heading to Anfield.

Did you know?

Liverpool have been European champions six times – more than any other English team. That is as many titles as Bayern, with Milan and Real Madrid the only clubs to have won more.

When and where is the Champions League final?

Portugal vs France

The 2021/22 UEFA Champions League final will take place at Saint-Denis’s Stade de France on Saturday 28 May, kicking off at 21:00 CET.

Built to stage games at the 1998 FIFA World Cup, the Stade de France was also the venue for the 2000 and 2006 UEFA Champions League finals, as well as the UEFA EURO 2016 showpiece.

REAL MADRID (ESP)

All of Real Madrid’s goals en route to the final

All of Real Madrid’s goals en route to the final

Why they can win it

If they can turn that epic tie against Manchester City around, having also stunned Paris and survived an onslaught from holders Chelsea, nothing is beyond them. Karim Benzema is in the form of his life, and with Vinicíus Júnior providing scintillating support, as well as the venerable Toni Kroos and Luka Modrić pulling the strings, who would dare rule out the 13-time winners doing what they do best?

This season

Highlights: Man. City 4-3 Real Madrid

Highlights: Man. City 4-3 Real Madrid

Campaign so far

How is it possible to lose at home to Sheriff and then reach the final with gargantuan performances against Paris, Chelsea and Manchester City? The route map helps explain. Madrid won nothing last season and, by their own admission, were desperate for trophies at home and in Europe this time round. The 5-0 away victory over Shakhtar reset Madrid’s GPS in the group stage. Defeat in Paris did the same – leading to a different high-pressing approach which reaped further reward at Stamford Bridge. Then, freshly crowned as Spanish champions, they surpassed all those efforts in that impossible-to-analyze tie against City.

How they play

Working within a 4-3-3 template, Madrid have a strong spine starting with Thibaut Courtois and running through center-back Éder Militão to the experienced midfield trio of Casemiro, Modrić and Kroos with all that technical quality, vision and experience. And then you get to the in-form Benzema up front – a master of the arts of center-forward play. They also have the energy of increasingly influential younger players like Vinícius Júnior and Federico Valverde, as well as that intangible know-how that gets them out of the tightest of spots.

Key player: Karim Benzema

Many people wondered where Real Madrid’s goals would come from when Cristiano Ronaldo left in 2018, but the France forward has more than stepped up to the plate to become the club’s talisman. He scored Madrid’s 1,000th European Cup goal against Shakhtar earlier this campaign then turned around their last-16 tie with Paris with a second-half hat-trick before striking the decisive blow in extra time against the Blues to make it four goals in the tie . His Panenka against City almost defied belief and he was nerveless from the spot in the return too to send his side to the showpiece.

Coach: Carlo Ancelotti

The manager who steered Madrid to ‘La Décima’ in 2014 returned last summer for a second stint in charge. He is one of just three coaches to have won the European Cup / Champions League on three occasions, and will be the first to manage in five finals.

Did you know?

Madrid have reached the European Cup final for the 17th time this season, six more than any other club. They have won their last seven finals in this competition and, of course, their total of 13 titles is unsurpassed.

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