The summit clash is here! Tottenham Hotspurs will clash with Liverpool on June 01 (June 02, 12.30 am IST) at the Estadio Metropolitano, Madrid, for the title of Europe’s best football club. It will only be the second time in the UEFA Champions League (UCL) history that the finals will be an all-English affair.
Both the English Premier League (EPL) teams recorded incredible victories in their semi-finals. Liverpool beat much-fancied Barcelona 4-0 at home in the second leg. This, after having been drubbed 0-3 at Camp Nou in the first! Tottenham, on the other hand, came back from a 0-3 deficit on aggregate, to oust Ajax Amsterdam.
Liverpool will be itching to wrap their arms around the trophy after having lost to Real Madrid in the finals last year. Tottenham, meanwhile, will be featuring in their first ever UCL final.
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Harry Kane and Harry Winks’ return to full fitness is a big boost for the Spurs. Kane was out with a ligament injury since the quarter-finals. Against all odds, he’s making a speedy recovery and seems confident of playing the title clash.
Winks, meanwhile, has already returned to training and will in all probability, start the game. With South Korean Heung-Min Son, Winks and Dele Alli, the Spurs seem to have all bases covered in the midfield. If Jan Vertonghen, Davinson Sanchez and Danny Rose also recover from their niggles, Spurs will be at full strength.
With Kane fit and the star of the semifinals — Lucas Moura — in red-hot form, expect a goal blitz from the Spurs.
The Reds will look towards talismanic striker Mohamed Salah for breaking open the Spurs’ defence. Salah was instrumental in the Reds coming a close second in the EPL standings. His partner-in-arms Roberto Firmino is closing in on a return to full fitness. Add Senegal striker Sadio Mané, and the Reds have a pacy forward line that can pierce the Tottenham defence. Shepherding Liverpool’s defence would be EPL’s ‘Player of the season’ Virgil Van Dyk.
Under Jürgen Klopp, the Reds have become a well-oiled machine this UCL season. Having spectacularly ousted the mighty Barcelona in the semifinals, they are riding a wave of confidence.
With their superb EPL form, Liverpool seems a clear favourite. However, after their semifinal exploits, the Spurs cannot be written off easily. Expect a close contest which may go down to the wire. If it comes down to penalties, it could be anybody’s game. We can only predict an exciting match to close the football season!