Real Madrid vs Liverpool: Who will win the Champions League?
Real Madrid and Liverpool will be battling it out in the Champions League finale in Kiev on May 26. The epic encounter will see two of the best football teams on display. Will Liverpool break Real's dominance? Will Real win their fourth title in five years? Here is an analysis on where will the UCL final be won and lost.
Our take: Real likely to win their 13th UCL honor
When it comes to the Champions League, no side has dominated it as much as Real Madrid. The 12-time winners are set to add another trophy. Their composure and art of winning finals put them at a different level altogether. We predict a 2-1 win.
Experience will help Real
Three titles in the last four years tell a story about how Los Blancos have approached UCL finals. Jurgen Klopp recently stated that Real know how to get past the line despite being under pressure. The manner in which they have won finals define the same. Be it extra-time, penalty shootout or in 90 minutes, Real always get the job done.
Where will the game be won?
The game will be dictated by Real in the midfield duel between the two sides. The three midfielders in Toni Kroos, Casemiro and Luka Modric are the best trio in the world and their vision and steel could see them dictate Liverpool. Kroos has been the leader in the centre of the pitch. Casemiro, as the defending midfielder, will be key to win balls.
Where will the game be lost?
The manner in which Liverpool conceded four goals against AS Roma gave us an indication about their vulnerability. They have tough players in Virgil van Dijk and Dejan Lovren, but at times they go off the radar. The young Arnold will be tested severely by Marcelo, as well. With Cristiano Ronaldo and Isco in brilliant form, Real could punish Liverpool.
Potent attacks await both sides
Liverpool's trio of Mo Salah, Roberto Firmino and Mane are the best in Europe at this moment. They can tear down any side with a quick play and are dangerous on the counter. Real's defense will be on their toes for the most part of the game. Having said that, the experience of Ronaldo, Benzema and Isco will be daunting for the Reds.