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Liverpool vs Real Madrid. The quadruple goal for Liverpool is now over. After already winning the League Cup, FA Cup trophies and the Premier League crown on Sunday, it seemed like Liverpool would also win that title. Trailing Manchester City by one point going into gameweek 38, Liverpool watched with delight as Aston Villa took a 2-0 lead at the Etihad Stadium.
The Reds held at 1-1 by Wolves, but goals from Mohamed Salah & Andy Robertson gave them a victory of 3-1 at Anfield. Jurgen Klopp’s team lost because City scored three goals in just six minutes, turning their game against Villa upside down. Pep Guardiola’s team won 3-2 to become champions of England, their fourth win in five years.
It was disappointing for Liverpool but they expected it at the beginning of the day. Jurgen Klopp’s side must dust themselves done quickly and prepare for Saturday’s Champions League final, when they will attempt to avenge their defeat by Real Madrid in the 2018 edition of this match. The Reds might have missed out on the Premier League crown, but victory this weekend would secure a brilliant cup treble and give Liverpool the edge over City in terms of overall accomplishments in 2021/22.
The Reds had an impressive run to the final. They edged out Inter in the round of 16, winning 2-1 on aggregate, before overcoming Benfica by six goals to four across 180 minutes of quarter-final action. Although Liverpool had a scare against Villarreal in their second semi-final, they bounced back and won 3-2 overall. The club will be trying to win the competition for the 7th time in its illustrious past.
Real Madrid Believes the Champions League is Their Destiny
It has been a busy week for Real Madrid but that was not due to anything on the pitch. Carlo Ancelotti’s team had a quiet end to the title-winning La Liga campaign, drawing 0-0 against Real Betis in the last day. But the real drama was the day prior to that match when Kylian Maappe called Florentino Perez, the president of Madrid, to tell him that he wouldn’t be joining the club.
It seemed obvious that Mbappe was at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu for the beginning of the next season. But, at the last minute, the France international chose to prolong his contract with Paris Saint-Germain. Madrid couldn’t hide its disappointment. La Liga released its own statement, in which they claimed Mbappe’s new contract “attacks European football’s economic stability”.
Madrid cannot allow this off-field dismay to affect the Champions League final preparations. It is highly unlikely, given the amount of experience in the team. Madrid has shown great character and quality to beat Chelsea, PSG and Manchester in the knockout stages. They will feel it is their destiny to win this tournament, just as they have done on 13 occasions in the past.
Madrid Never Knows When Beaten, but Liverpool Have Edge
Most people who watched at least some of the matches between Liverpool and Real Madrid this season will be more impressed with their Premier League team. They are unstoppable when they play. They are coordinated and fierce in their pressing. Their possession play is much better than it was when they last won the Champions League in 2019. They don’t always receive enough credit for their defensive strength.
Madrid, by contrast, rarely put together dominant 90-minute performances against top opposition. The Blancos were clearly second against Chelsea, Manchester City and PSG in the Champions League. Each tie was won by the Blancos, who kept their cool and produced magic moments at crucial phases.
It is possible they might do it again in the final. Madrid has two of the most talented forwards in soccer, Vinicius Jr and Karim Benzema. Luka Modric, a great midfielder of any generation, is Luka Modric. Madrid’s Modric is among the few players that understand what it takes for this tournament to be won.
On balance though, I think it’s worth supporting Liverpool. Madrid relied on the Bernabeu crowd for several victories, but at a neutral location they might struggle to cope with Liverpool’s intensity and energy. Klopp’s team will beat Ancelotti’s on Saturday.
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How to Watch Liverpool vs Real Madrid
Liverpool vs Real Madrid Information Teams Liverpool vs Real Madrid Location Stade de France, Saint-Denis, France Time Saturday, 28 May 2022, 3. 00 PM EDT How to watch CBS