Two of the continent’s most attacking outfits are set to square off in what will be their season defining game. Both Liverpool and Real Madrid have not enjoyed the best of league campaigns and will be looking to end their season on a high by getting their hands on the UEFA Champions League trophy. The Reds will be hoping to end Los Blancos’ domination and prevent them from winning three titles on the spin by winning their first Champions League since 2005.
For Real Madrid, it has become somewhat of a ritual in recent seasons to win the continent’s elite trophy, but this time it may prove to be a different challenge altogether. This Liverpool side may not be as solid defensively as a majority of Real Madrid’s finals oppositions have been, but in the final third they have even put Los Blancos’ prolific attack to shame.
Thus, it is regardless to say that the onus is firmly on the shoulders of Cristiano Ronaldo to deliver the goods the Spanish outfit, while the Reds will be hoping that Mohamed Salah shows up and continues his good run of form en route to the title.
Real Madrid (4-4-2 diamond): Keylor Navas; Dani Carvajal, Sergio Ramos, Raphael Varane, Marcelo; Casemiro, Toni Kroos, Luka Modric, Isco; Ronaldo, Benzema.
Liverpool (4-3-3): Loris Karius; Trent Alexander Arnold, Dejan Lovren, Virgil van Dijk, Andy Robertson; Jordan Henderson, Georginio Wijnaldum, James Milner; Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane.
Real Madrid 3-1 Liverpool
It is hard looking past a Real win here regardless of the form Liverpool have shown all season, particularly because of their knack of winning the big games. Zinedine Zidane has instilled a winning mentality in his players and with the big names he has it his disposal, he will be looking to them to come up with the answers.