2019 UEFA Champions League Final Preview: Liverpool vs Tottenham
The biggest match in European football. This year, the Champions League and Europa League finals stand as a symbol of English league dominance over football world, as all four teams competing in those stages are from the Premier League.
The UCL finals will be a match between Liverpool and Tottenham, after pulling off insane comebacks in the semifinal round. Those were matches bound to live on in football folklore.
As things stand right now, what are each team’s chances of taking home the coveted trophy? Nitrogen Sports Blog discusses what you can expect from the UEFA Champions League final game.
Liverpool vs Tottenham in an all-EPL showdown at 2019 UEFA Champions League final
In many ways, Liverpool resembles Brazil’s national team of old. Their philosophy seems to be “If the opposition scores two, we will look to score three. When they score three, we will score four.”
Against Barcelona, in the semifinals, each outfield player contributed to the attack. Defenders Van Dijk and Matip took on roles similar to those of a playmaker. Fullback Alexander-Arnold came in deep looking to set up his teammates.
Then there is Liverpool’s fabled attacking line of Mane, Salah and Firmino, which will be a force to reckon with in the UEFA Champions League final. The latter two were absent against Barcelona, but should be fit for the final. It leaves manager Jurgen Klopp with an interesting predicament. He will be forced to choose between his regular first-team players and Divock Origi, the man whose goals have brought them here.
All of Liverpool’s most important players are likely to be fit for the final. The only question mark surrounds Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain who has faced injury concerns for most of the season.
Before we head over to a preview of Tottenham’s form, don’t forget to check out our UEFA Europa League Final: Chelsea vs. Arsenal preview.
Spurs are playing their first ever UEFA Champions League final. Even more remarkable is that they won their semifinal clash against Ajax without their talismanic number 10, Harry Kane.
Instead, Brazilian Lucas Moura stepped up, delivering an incredible hat-trick. The decisive goal was scored in the most dramatic of ways, in the final minute of extra time. Similar to Origi’s status, Moura may have to settle for a role on the bench with Kane and Son Heung-Min likely to start.
Spurs’ greatest strength lies in the players’ commitment. The majority of the squad members are either players promoted from youth level or scouted players bought for a pittance. Having transformed into a superclub, this is Tottenham’s chance to bask in the limelight.
Harry Winks and Davinson Sanchez are the only players that are at risk of missing the final for Spurs.
It’s too close to call. Given the nature of the game and the sides’ styles, expect tactics to be thrown out the window as Liverpool and Tottenham look to outscore each other. It is certainly what fans would enjoy seeing.
Liverpool vs. Tottenham is a UEFA Champions League final not many had predicted to happen, but that’s where we are headed with both EPL clubs colliding in the winner-take-all showdown at Wanda Metropolitano in Madrid on June 1. If you’re just starting to appreciate the beauty of European football, you can visit our UEFA Champions League guide for more about the sport and the competition.