It’s the news you’ve all been waiting for! The two finalists for the 2017/2018 UEFA Champions League have officially been announced. In this corner, wearing crimson-red, stands the Liverpool underdogs. And in this corner, basking in the glow of their many past victories stands 12-time Champions League winners, Real Madrid. The match is set to take place on May 26, 2018, in NSC Olimpiyskiy Stadium in Kiev, Ukraine with kick-off at 7:45pm UK time. Here’s what to expect.
One of Cristiano Ronaldo’s hobbies is collecting hat-tricks, and he’s determined to get one of his biggest ones yet. Real previously won the 2016 and 2017 league title, and winning this year’s would be the cherry on top of a semi-melted sundae because let’s face it– Real hasn’t performed all that well compared to previous seasons. In the semi-final 2-2 match against Bayern Munich, Real was outperformed. Bayern appeared physically stronger than Real and had ample opportunities, but at the end of the day, the team blew some crucial shots. That being said, Liverpool has also been a bit shaky this season. Ahem, the match against Roma on May 2nd. The 4-2 loss was not exactly the outcome that Liverpool expected.
Nonetheless, guided by manager Jürgen Klopp, Liverpool is leading the league in goals. The club currently has a total of 40 goals, while Real has 30. The English team is also backed by a very distinguished trio: Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino. Though the team’s style of play has been described as reckless by some, a strong attack coupled with a very passionate and spirited coach may carry Liverpool to victory. To be fair, there’s no arguing that Real is a talented team. Their past speaks for itself, and superstar Ronaldo definitely has the stats to back him. Not to mention Real manager Zinedine Zidane. He’s only the third coach in history to reach three consecutive Champions League finals. Really the outcome of the game could go either way. It wouldn’t be the first time we were surprised by the final score of a match this season.
Some have claimed this is a personal match against Champions League top scorer Ronaldo and Premier League’s top scorer Salah. However, Salah has denied this stating that his team as a whole is responsible for making it to the finals because he could not have done it alone. Regardless, having these two prolific players on the field at the same time will definitely heighten the entertainment aspect of the game. So get ready. It’s a match where you’re going to wanna grab some popcorn.