Form, statistics, key players and why they can win – UEFA.com profiles the two teams in the final.
Why they can win
The resemblance to the triumph in the Champions League 2019 can not be denied. Even then, they chased Manchester City in the league, and it seems that Jurgen Klopp’s team is able to handle any adversity. When all goes well, there are few teams that can pose a threat to Liverpool.
UEFA rankings: 2
Best performance: Winners (1976/77, 1977/78, 1980/81, 1983/84, 2004/05, 2018/19)
last season: Quarterfinals (1-3 overall defeat of Real Madrid)
Last final: 2018/19 (2-0 against Tottenham)
Record: 10S 1D 1N, finish: 30:13
Top Scorer: Mohamed Salah (8)
Semifinals: 5-2 overall against Villarreal
Quarterfinals: 6-4 overall victory over Benfica
Round 16: 2-1 overall victory over Inter
Group B: Winners
Season so far
Liverpool have faced tough opponents – only Atlético and Villarreal have never won the competition before. It makes it even more impressive that they were able to win ten out of twelve matches. Only the second match against Inter was lost.
how they play
Klopp rarely deviates from his proven 4-3-3 formation – a system that has served the Reds well since the German’s arrival in 2015. Their high-intensity pressure has been honed in recent seasons – with a little help from clever newcomers like Diogo Jota and Luis Díaz – but it’s still just as effective. At their best age, they are without a doubt the best team in Europe.
Key players: Mohamed Salah
The Egyptian striker has been Liverpool’s face since joining the Reds from Roma in 2017. Also played for Basel and Chelsea, but he only became a superstar at Liverpool. The striker has so far scored 33 goals for the Reds in the Champions League.
Coach: Jürgen Klopp
Klopp, manager at Liverpool since 2015, led the Reds to continental triumph in 2018/19 and a year later to their first English championship in 30 years. Before coming to Anfield, he won the league title twice with Dortmund.
Liverpool have been European champions six times – more than any other English team. Bayern also won six times, only Milan and Real Madrid came more often on the list of winners.
REAL MADRID (ESP)
Why they can win
If they can still turn the match against Paris against all odds, counteract Chelsea’s incredible comeback and also eliminate favorites Manchester City, anything is possible. Karim Benzema is in the shape of his life and very well supported by Vinicíus Júnior. In addition, veterans Toni Kroos and Luka Modrić skillfully pull the strings in midfield. The record winner could add another title this year. That would be Triumph number 14.
UEFA rankings: 5
Best performance: Winners (1955/56, 1956/57, 1957/58, 1958/59, 1959/60, 1965/66, 1997/98, 1999/2000, 2001/02, 2013/15/2013/15/2013/14 / 62, 7, 2017/18)
last season: Semifinals (1-3 agg Chelsea)
Record: 8S 0U 4N, finish: 28:14
Top scorer: Karim Benzema (15)
Semifinals: 6-5 overall against Man. Town
Quarterfinals: 5-4 overall victory over Chelsea
Round 16: 3-2 overall victory against Paris
Group D: Winners
Season so far
How is it possible to lose to Sheriff at home and then get to the semi-finals with a fantastic performance against Paris and an epic show of strength against Chelsea? The game plan helps with the explanation. Madrid did not win anything last season and say they are eager to win domestic leagues and European tournaments this time. The 5-0 away win over Shakhtar reset Madrid’s GPS in the group stage. The loss in Paris did the same – and prompted another high-pressure approach that paid off at Stamford Bridge. And then there was the first match against City, which is hard to analyze.
how they play
In their 4-3-3 formation, the Madrilenians have a strong axis, starting with Thibaut Courtois, through central defender Éder Militão, to the experienced midfield trio Casemiro, Modrić and Kroos with all his technical quality, eye and experience. And then there’s the informal Benzema, a champion center-forward. Add to that the energy of constantly improving younger players like Vinícius Júnior and Valverde and the incredible ability to pull out of the toughest situations.
Key players: Karim Benzema
After Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure in 2018, many wondered who would score the goals for Real. The Frenchman answered this question in his own way. Fittingly, it was he who scored it 1,000. goals in the Premier League against Shakhtar Real. A hat-trick in the second half of the second half made Paris the quarter-final before scoring the decisive goal in extra time against the Blues in the quarter-finals. It was hard to believe his Panenka penalty against City, and then he scored. in the second half added another ugly penalty kick that sent his team into the final.
Coach: Carlo Ancelotti
The coach who led Madrid to ‘La Décima’ in 2014 returned to Real last summer. He is one of only three coaches to have won the European Champion Clubs’ Cup / Champions League three times.
Madrid have reached their 31st European Champion Clubs’ Cup / UEFA Champions League final – 11 times more than any other club. Los Blancos have now won five out of seven duels in the semi-finals – and the 13 titles are of course second to none.