An exciting and action-packed UEFA Champions League season will reach what promises to be a spectacular close on Saturday when Real Madrid take on Liverpool in the final. In addition to the continental crown, a ticket to the FIFA Club World Cup of the United Arab Emirates 2018 will also be at stake.
Real Madrid-Liverpool, Olimpiyskiy Stadium, Kiev, Saturday May 26
] The final brings together the two teams with the highest score in a tournament that has achieved a record number of goals this season, with the main gunners of this campaign, Cristiano Ronaldo (15) and Mohamed Salah (10), respectively, facing two of the best defenders of the world in the van Virgil Dijk and Sergio Ramos. It should be a battle, with the Reds facing their aggressive style of play and great pressure against the power and speed of a balanced team full of Real Madrid stars.
With Ronaldo and Dani Carvajal having recovered from injury, Zinedine Zidane has a full complement of players to choose from as he prepares his club's bet for a third straight crown in the Champions League. For his part, Jurgen Klopp is waiting to see if Emre can get rid of his injury problems.
The German coach has identified the flank occupied by Marcelo as the weak point of Real Madrid, due to his willingness to move on. However, such is the Brazilian's ability to outperform rival players and provide his teammates with the fact that he is one of the main assets of Los Blancos . Will he win and will the game be lost in the left wing?
Player to follow
The top scorer in the Premier League in 2017/18, the Egyptian striker has been the revelation of the season. He will now face Marcelo, a FIFA / FIFPro World XI member for the past three years. And if he beats the Brazilian, he will still have to face Sergio Ramos (part of that star lineup for seven consecutive years).
The final comes right in the middle of Ramadan, and the player has already said that he will continue fasting on the day of the game. It remains to be seen how that will affect their ability to offer the high level of intensity required by the Klopp system.
What they said
"Zinedine Zidane is one of the five best players of all time, I'm glad we're not playing against each other, I'm very happy to be able to send my players to the field. I admire him as a player and I respect him as a colleague, it's amazing what he's been doing with Real Madrid, it's really extraordinary, but we're not going there to get some shirts. " Coach of Liverpool Klopp