It has been one of the most memorable Champions League tournaments in history as this season has produced numerous moments to savor for a football fan. While the performance of the young Ajax squad will be etched in our memories for some time to come, the comebacks of the Premier League giants in some of their games make the 2018-19 Champions League season very special. This season will be coming to a close this Saturday as Spurs will take on Liverpool in a high-intensity final at Madrid.
Liverpool missed the Premier League title by a whisker and they would want to decorate this wonderful season of theirs with a trophy. It is the second consecutive Champions League final for Jurgen Klopp's men and unlike the previous season, Liverpool look to be in a better situation to go all the way on Saturday. The Reds are adept in their high-pressing game and if they can break the resolve of the Spurs players in the midfield, goals are sure to follow for the Merseyside club.
Virgil van Dijk is in the form of his life and along with the two young full-backs and a highly reliable goalkeeper, they will prove to be a tough nut to crack for Harry Kane and company.
Mauricio Pochettino has managed to get a few of his players fit for the all-important final with the comeback of Harry Kane a big boost for the team. In Lucas Moura, Son and Dele Alli, Spurs have the players to score the goals but that depends mainly on their midfield. It is also important that the defense does well and avoids conceding in the early part of the game as this could put immense pressure on the attackers.
Liverpool defeated Spurs in both of the games the teams met in the Premier League season. The Redsl finished 26 points above Tottenham and that shows the superiority of Jurgen Klopp's men.
Last year's defeat to Real Madrid and failure to win the Premier League this season will definitely be playing on the mind of Liverpool players. However, this squad possesses quality players and if Salah and Mane can get a few chances, the Merseysiders could well lift a major trophy after a very long time.
However, Spurs cannot be ruled out of the match as Liverpool will be the team under pressure. No one would have expected Spurs to be in the final of the Champions League at the start of this season and that gives them a chance to go all out in Madrid this Saturday.
Although there could be a few surprise goalscorers in this match, with the kind of season they have had, Salah and Sadio Mane are likely to score a goal each in the final. It could be Mane's pace and Salah's deft skills with the ball which could put Liverpool in the lead. On the other half of the pitch, Harry Kane is likey to pull one goal back for the Spurs. The English captain will be the target man and he has all the ability to go past VVD and net one past Allison.
Predicted Score: Tottenham 1 - 2 LiverpoolPublished 31 May 2019, 20:30 IST