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Champions League : Liverpool – Real Madrid, A Dream Final

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The English soccer club, which has won six Champions Leagues, will face Real Madrid, the most successful club in the history of the competition (13 titles), this Saturday, May 22, 2022 at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis at 23 hours. A dream match between two of the greatest clubs in the world, whose history is intimately linked to the “Cup with Big Ears”.

On paper, it is difficult not to put Liverpool as the favorite of this match. It is true that the Reds had to settle for second place in the Premier League. However, they finished only one point behind the leader, Manchester City, with only two defeats in 38 games. Jürgen Klopp’s men were also able to win the FA Cup and the Carabao Cup. They have also made a very strong impression throughout this Champions League. Having come out on top of the group of death – with Atletico Madrid, FC Porto and AC Milan – with six wins in six games, the English club has been able to follow up by eliminating respectively Inter Milan, Benfica Lisbon and Villarreal CF. The teammates of Mohamed Salah still have in mind the final lost in C1, in 2018, precisely against Real Madrid (3-1). They will do everything to take revenge and offer the coveted crown. But then, how could the crown escape the Reds?

Real Madrid has shown an incredible strength of character since the beginning of the competition. The Spanish champions did not do things by halves in the European competition. The Merengue first toppled PSG thanks to a hat-trick from Karim Benzema in the return to the Santiago Bernabéu. With another hat-trick of the tricolored striker, they were then able to take out Chelsea. And what about their double-header against Manchester City? Despite being down by two goals (on aggregate) with a few minutes to go in the second leg, Real Madrid completely reversed the trend before winning in extra time. It seems that nothing can stop the Madrid club in this edition of the Champions League. Especially since they can count on Karim Benzema at the top of his game. Author of 44 goals and 15 assists in 45 games in all competitions, he has scored 15 goals in the C1. His ambition will be to shine once again at the Stade de France and add a fifth Champions League to his record.

Liverpool and Real Madrid Squad

Liverpool will not be able to count on its joker Origi, injured and who will leave the club this summer. Klopp is also likely to be without his midfielders Fabinho, convalescent, and Thiago. Jürgen Klopp revealed on Thursday, that there is “a good chance” that Thiago Alcantara will be involved in the Champions League final on Saturday. The last mentioned was injured during the last day of the championship. Another piece of information is that the substitute defender Gomez is also uncertain. Sadio Mané, the only goal scorer of the Reds in the final against Real four years ago, is the strong man of Liverpool in this end of season. The Senegalese has been scoring on average once every two games for a month. He scored in the semi-final against Villarreal, both in the first and second leg.

Real is almost complete for this great night. Only the defender Alaba, usually a starter, is injured and absent for the last 5 matches of the championship, sows the doubt. In case of withdrawal, the Austrian should be replaced in the hinge by Nacho. The Spanish club being champion of Spain since April 30, Ancelotti was able to give his executives a break in recent weeks. Among them, Courtois will want to take the most space in the goal of the Stade de France. Benzema (44 goals including 15 in the Champions League), the most serious candidate for the Ballon d’Or 2021-2022, is the keystone of this Real team. He has scored 10 goals from the round of 16 and will want to continue his success in his country.

Last confrontations (head to head)

  • 04/14/2021 – Liverpool 0-0 Real Madrid (Champions League)
  • 06/04/2021 – Real Madrid 3-1 Liverpool (Champions League)
  • 26/05/2018 – Real Madrid 3-1 Liverpool (Champions League)
  • 04/11/2014 – Real Madrid 1-0 Liverpool (Champions League)
  • 22/10/2014 – Liverpool 0-3 Real Madrid (Champions League)

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