UEFA Champions League Final Preview
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No one had ever expected at the start of the campaign that a Coutinho – less Liverpool would make it to the final. That’s what has happened, when they survived yet another Roma comeback in Rome, winning the semifinal 7-6 on an aggregate (though losing to Roma 2-4 in the second leg).
On the other hand, an almost devastated and out-of-form Real Madrid shifted their gear at the right moment to book their place into third consecutive final of the European Cup. They also survived some thrillers at home, when Juventus won the second leg 3-1 (RM won 4-3 on agg.) in quarter final and Bayern Munich held them 2-2 ( RM won 4-3 on agg.) in the semi final. Here we have brought a brief preview of the so called biggest event of European football, the Champions League final.
Buy Phentermine Las Vegas For Liverpool, undoubtedly, the front trio of Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mohammad Salah are the greatest strengths. They have been in a terrific form this season and have already scored 31 goals together in this campaign so far. The presence of James Milner in the midfield and the recent form of the Dutch holding midfielder Wijnaldum may prove to be blessings to get the trophy back after 13 years. Virgil Van Djik’s presence at the back is also a plus point for them.
Cristiano Ronaldo is the main man of Real Madrid. He has scored 15 times in this campaign, and Benzema also found his lost form against Bayern lately. But, the most significant advantage of Real Madrid is the presence of Keylor Navas under the bar. He alone denied Bayern four times in Bernabeu, and has the ability to sense the movement of the opposition forward. Sergio Ramos can be vital to break the cooperation of Salah and Firmino, and Casemiro can take the responsibility of stopping the movement of Milner. Marcelo can play a crucial role in setting up vital goals.
Defense will be the major concern for Jürgen Klopp’s side. They have conceded 4 goals against Roma, which shouldn’t have been. Except Salah, the team is not performing well, so marking Salah may result into a poorly organised Liverpool. They have also struggled to defend counter attacks. Unlike Keylor Navas, Liverpool goalie Loris Karius has not been so consistent under the bars. His misjudgement can decide the match in a fraction of second.
For Real Madrid, Ronaldo has not performed up to the mark in the Semi Final. The defense has also looked a bit struggling in the second leg. Unusual dropping of forms of some key players at crucial time can prove to be decider. The team needs more consistency and confidence, which they may get sufficiently in case the win the El Clasico.
Real Madrid 3-2 Liverpool