Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspurs will face off in an epic showdown at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium in the UEFA Champions League finals on June, 1. The Reds finished second in the 2018/19 season with 97 points, while the Spurs completed fourth having gathered 71 points in the English Premier League. Liverpool will be making their second successive attempt for the UEFA title and their rivals, who have reached the competition’s finals for the first time, will be looking to make history in Madrid.
With only eight days to the D-day, the managers of each side are in the final phase of preparations to ensure that their squad is ready for the must-win match on June, 1.
Preparation is key
With a lot at stake, adequate preparation is key for the two competing teams. A wrong move on either side could cost the team their undying dream for the title. In an attempt to ensure that no ‘mistakes’ are made in a do-or-die match, each manager has devised a preparation plan for their team for the few remaining days to finals.
Jurgen Klopp’s side recently travelled to Marbella, where they will spend the next few days training for the clash. Liverpool’s training will include a friendly match with an undisclosed team but Mauricio Pochettino’s side, who are slated to travel to Madrid next Wednesday, will focus their training on tactics and fitness but with no friendly match.
The battle of English teams
This year’s Champions League final involves two English teams with almost equal ability. This scenario makes the June, 1 match one of the highly anticipated encounters for fans across the globe. Regardless of whether Liverpool or Tottenham wins, one thing is for sure, the trophy will make it to England this time around.
Who do you think will lift this season’s Champions League trophy?
The answer to this question relies on a number of factors. The teams’ current rankings and performance history will be crucial in determining who wins. We take a look at the two teams and find out how the above factors could influence the title winner.
Liverpool have won 30 times in the last 38 matches they have played, losing only once in the process. The Jurgen Klopp’s side finished second, a point clear of the 2018/19 EPL winners, Manchester City. This history makes the Reds one of the lethal teams across all the top leagues. Liverpool have won four of their last five matches played.
A brace from Sadio Mane gave Liverpool a win on the final day of the Premier League season against Wolverhampton Wanderers on May, 12. The Reds booked a place in the finals after thrashing the La Liga giants Barcelona 4-0, in a dramatic comeback match on May, 7. The victory saw Klopp’s side overturn a 3-0 deficit against the Catalans.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side won 23 times in the 2018/19 EPL season. The Spurs lost 13 times and drew twice in the season’s 38 games. Pochettino’s side have only won once in the last five matches they played. This makes them the weaker opponent against the Reds.
The Spurs drew 2-2 against Everton on May, 12 securing a spot within EPL’s highly contested top four. A stunning 3-2 victory against Ajax in the Champions League steered the Spurs to their first ever Champions League finals, a feat that they aim to make count during the June, 1 clash.
Liverpool vs Tottenham h2h
Liverpool have won four times in their last eight encounters against Tottenham. The Spurs have beaten the Reds only once in all those matches, while the two teams have drawn thrice. Mauricio Pochettino’s side suffered a 2-1 defeat against the Reds in their last game on March, 31. These records indicate that the Reds have better odds of taking the title home.
Liverpool are the favorites to win
Judging from the above statistics, the Reds are in great form as opposed to their rivals. Klopp’s side have managed more wins compared to the Spurs, making them a strong contender for the title. Liverpool have also posted an impressive performance against big teams such as Barcelona, unlike their opponents who have had trouble in stopping such opponents.
The possibility of Liverpool taking the trophy home is high. Based on this, I would bet on the Reds to emerge winners in Wanda Metropolitano on June, 1. However, the Spurs also have a shot in the fight for the trophy. The fact that they finished in front of some of the English football giants such as Manchester United and Arsenal, makes them an even more unpredictable opponent.
Will the Reds do their best to carry the trophy home or will the Spurs make history in Madrid? The puzzle will be solved at the blow of the final whistle. For now, we will cross our fingers and wait for the end of the 90 minutes clash.
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