After another dramatic and iconic UEFA Champions League season, the final is upon us once again. Ten of thousands of Liverpool FC and Tottenham Hotspur fans will make the trip to Madrid this weekend in search for glory with their team, with DAZN streaming the event to passionate fans across Germany, Austria, Canada and Japan. DAZN will also be showing the game on it’s social media channels in Thailand, the Philippines, Cambodia and Laos – with highlights in Singapore, Malaysia, Taiwan and Brunei.
For the first time since 2008, the Champions League final will be battled out between two English teams. The dramatic semi-final legs saw Liverpool produce arguably one of the most impressive comebacks since that fateful night in Istanbul. Klopp’s men kept their composure as unlikely heroes Divock Origi and former Newcastle midfielder Gini Wijnaldum both scored braces to send Liverpool through to their second final in as many years. Meanwhile, Tottenham Hotspur saw their Champions League final spot secured in similar fashion after Brazilian forward Lucas Moura finished an inspired hat-trick at the death in Amsterdam to send the Lilywhites through on away goals.
We took a look at both teams, their path to the final and chances of coming home victorious from the Wanda Metropolitana.
Tottenham Hotspur – the miracle team
After a last gasp effort to secure fourth place in the Premier League in front of North London rivals Arsenal, Mauricio Pochettino’s men turn their attention to capturing their first ever Champions League trophy. It was a turbulent start for the men in white, having only secured 1 point after their first three group games. A tough group with pre-tournament favourites Barcelona and mercurial Italian side Inter Milan, no team had previously qualified for the knockout stages having only amassed a single point in three games.
In plucky Tottenham Hotspur fashion, frontman Harry Kane led the team to a further 7 points in the remaining games to pip second place ahead of Inter Milan and PSV Eindhoven. Victory over Borussia Dortmund saw them face Premier League champions Manchester City in the semi-finals, securing their place in the final following a seven goal thriller in the second round and sending Pep Guardiola’s men tumbling out. Heartbreakers Ajax, fresh off a memorable win against Juventus, represented the last obstacle in securing an historic first Champions League final place for Tottenham and hat-trick hero Lucas Moura toppled Ajax’s hopes of a treble to send Spurs through.
A successful season for the team so far, albeit plagued with injuries, will culminate this weekend. If Harry Kane, Lucas Moura and Son are fit and firing on all cylinders, the attacking trio may well have enough left in the tank to place Tottenham Hotspur amongst Europe’s elite.
Liverpool FC – second time lucky?
Liverpool’s road to the final has been full of highs and lows. After a turbulent Group stage against PSG, Red Star Belgrade and Napoli, a last gasp save by Premier League golden glove winner Alisson secured the red men a second-place group finish behind the French champions.
A difficult tie against German powerhouse Bayern Munich in the knockout phase resulted in a competent performance, while Porto just couldn’t keep up with Klopp’s men to see Liverpool through to face Barcelona in the semi-final. The resulting game was one for the ages, with another memorable second-leg performance that echoed the miracle in Istanbul over 14 years ago. Two goals a-piece from Divock Origi and Gini Wijnaldum etched the players’ names in history to send Liverpool to the final and send the Kop into pandemonium.
After securing 97 points and an unbeaten record at home but missing out on the Premier League trophy, Liverpool will be eager to become European champions. With golden glove winner Alisson Becker, PFA Player of the Year Virgil van Dijk, and top goal scorers Mane and Salah in their ranks, Liverpool will have their sights on lifting their sixth Champions League title.