Tue, May 8, 9:11pm by Staff Writer
Europe’s greatest prize in club football is within touching distance for both Real Madrid and Liverpool. They have battled their way through devilishly tough group stages and the even more difficult knockout Rounds to book their place in the Champions League final in Kiev.
For Real Madrid they will be looking to secure an incredible third consecutive success after getting the better of rivals Atletico Madrid and Juventus in the last two seasons. Whilst their domestic form has been poor this year, Real have never looked better playing in Europe. They appear to be able to rise to the occasion on those magical Champions League nights.
They sit 3rd in La Liga which for a club of their distinction is borderline failure. Real Madrid are expected to win everything and if not then at least to push their fierce Spanish rivals all the way. To be bested by both Atletico and Barcelona is a huge disappointment. If they can rally to win the Champions League though, they could arguably class the season as at least a minor success. A 13th overall title is priced at $2.20, giving them a slight edge over Liverpool.
Liverpool have booked their place in the clubs 8th European Cup final, although the majority of those were in the 1970’s and 1980’s, they did win the tournament in 2005. The English club have a proud heritage in European football, but continued success has eluded them since their heyday prior to the EPL. Whilst domestic success has not been forthcoming with Manchester United, City, Chelsea and Arsenal dominating, Liverpool have always pointed to their European pedigree. A Champions League trophy would be a massive coup for Jurgen Klopp. They are priced at $3.
During the knockout stages Liverpool have been on fire in front of goal, scoring 17 goals across the six legs. They overcame favourites Manchester City, as well as dominating Porto and edging past Roma in the semi-finals. Mohammed Salah has been in fine form throughout and will be a major threat to Real’s hopes.
Whilst Liverpool will have plenty of dangermen to be wary of when they eye up the Real Madrid team sheet. They boast the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale amongst a star-studded line up. Ronaldo’s form has mirrored that of his side, with the majority of his best performances this season coming on the European stage.
Kiev in Ukraine will play host to these two European powerhouses as they both go in search of glory. Europe’s biggest show piece will again attract the eyes of the football fans across the world to see who can add to their already impressive tally of Champions League victories.
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