Real Madrid vs. Liverpool / Champions League (finals) – This season’s finals of football Champions League, brings us a duel of two teams that have together won 17 champion titles of Europe, with the proviso that Real has won trophy 12 times, three in the previous four years, while Liverpool has five titles, the last in 2005. Real really dominates this competition and now wants the third consecutive titles, while this is a return in the fight for trophy for Liverpool, after they played the last finals in 2007 and lost it. One of these rivals has already met in the finals and in 1981 Liverpool has celebrated with 1-0. Begins: 26.05.2017. – 20:45 CET
It is commonly said that some trophy is more difficult to defend than to win, but Real has proved that it is not a problem for them and they have indeed become the true rulers of the Champions League because this will be their fourth finals in the last five seasons. This season the difference compared to the past is in that they have completely failed in the championship and ended only as the third, with a huge backlog for the leading Barcelona.
When it became clear that they will not be able to defend the title in Spain, they devoted themselves entirely to the Champions League and it paid off, and it should be said that they also had a very difficult path to the finals this season, because they played in the group stage against Tottenham and Borussia Dortmund , and in knockout stage it was probably the most difficult because they played against PSG, Juventus and Bayern. There was a lot of trouble on that path, but the trophy is again so close and they are entering the finals in their strongest composition.
Probable lineups Real Madrid: Navas – Carvajal, Ramos, Varane, Marcelo – Casemiro, T.Kroos, Modric – Isco, Benzema, Ronaldo
Liverpool was not objectively expected in the Champions League finals, because this team was prone to oscillations in previous years, especially in their domestic championship, where they were close to winning the title a few years ago. This season they played changeable in the championship and in the end they only took fourth place, but in the Champions League they came to the trophy. The Reds won this trophy five times, however, last time in 2005 in the famous Istanbul finals when they reached 3-0 against Milan and celebrated after the penalty.
Two years later, Milan responded, and since then it is worth mentioning only the finals of Europa League from two years ago. They are now back in the finals, and the sympathies of football fans have been drawn to their offensive style of the game, with a very efficient attack and trio from which everyone fears. Salah, Firmino and Mane have scored 29 goals in the Champions League this season, while Real has scored 30 goals. They have played in this season's qualifiers, while we should mention two wins over Manchester City in the knockout stage. They are not complete in the finals, because they are missing Oxlade-Chamberlain and Can, and Matip from before.
Probable lineups Liverpool: Karius – Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, van Dijk, Robertson – Wijnaldum, Henderson, Milner – S.Mane, M.Salah, R.Firmino
Real Madrid vs. Liverpool PICK
The weakest part of the team both in Real and Liverpool is their defence, so we expect them to force their offensive game, which brought them big finals in Kiev. Real is very experienced when it comes to trophy matches and that is their advantage, while Liverpool has the biggest hope in their offensive trio.
Pick: over 3 goals
Odds: 1.78 at 10bet (down to 1.68 can be played)