5 Reasons why Real Madrid are the Best Opponent for Liverpool in the Champions League Final
After the exciting semi-finals of this year's Champions League, we finally know, that it will be Liverpool and Real Madrid facing off against each other in Kiev. After the Spanish giants knocked out Jupp Heynckes' ambitious Bayern Munich side 4-3 on aggregate, Liverpool joined them in the final defeating Rome 7-6 on aggregate.
However, despite both scorelines being close, Liverpool's victory over the Italian side never seemed to be in danger, while Real Madrid won despite their opponents arguably being the better team.
For the Reds, this fortunate victory could turn out to be a blessing in disguise, as we look at five reasons why Liverpool will be delighted to see the Blancos instead of the German champions in the final.
#5 Real Madrid's start-stop mentality
The Galacticos' issues have been discussed thoroughly this season. Zidane is getting his tactics wrong, Ronaldo is getting too old, Navas is not a top-tier goalkeeper - whatever part of the team you choose to criticise, evidence supporting your case could be found this season.
What hasn't been mentioned a lot though, due to the poor league campaign, is how remarkable Real's Champions League run has actually been. They have knocked three European champions - PSG, Juventus and Bayern - in the last three rounds, as well as Borussia Dortmund in the group phase.
However, with the only consistency in Madrid being their inconsistency, an off-day in the Champions League final could very well pave Liverpool's way to victory. Real Madrid got a little bit lucky in the semi-finals, but they shouldn't bank on that happening again.
The back-to-back Champions League winners know what it takes to win the competition, but the main question that will be raised in Kiev is whether they will be on top of their game from start to finish.
Manchester City and Rome have proven what happens to teams that lack intensity during certain match-phases and, in a final, there is even less time to recover.