Can Liverpool make it six European titles on Saturday?

By Soccer Blog | May 31, 2019

Liverpool will be looking to lift their sixth European Cup title when they take on Tottenham Hotspur in Madrid on Saturday evening- the first all-English CL final since Manchester United and Chelsea squared off in the 2008 edition of the continent’s premier club competition in Moscow.

The Reds produced one of the greatest comebacks in modern European history when they trounced Barcelona 4-0 in the second leg of their semi-final at Anfield to reverse a 3-0 deficit from the first leg. It wasn’t even a second string Barca outfit, but a first choice one with Lionel Messi and co, and yet they had no answers to what Liverpool came up with on that magical evening at Anfield.

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There’s some historical evidence this century to suggest that the Reds will get the reward they deserve for a superb campaign this weekend- The last four teams that eliminated Barca in the semis of the competition have all gone on to win the title.

Teams that beat Barcelona in the last four of the Champions League and went on to win the trophy

Bayern Munich (2013)
Chelsea (2012)
Manchester United (2008)
Real Madrid (2002)

Spurs have enjoyed some real luck in the Champions League this season, especially given the way they qualified from the group stages and the nature of their knockout victories over both Man City and Ajax. Such has been their luck- we reckon the Lilywhites could play various games using CasinoBonusCA and would easily come up trumps.

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Mauricio Pochettino’s men would not have even qualified for the knockouts had Inter not messed up at home on Match Day 6 against PSV. The Eindhoven outfit had lost both their away games in the group, and the Nerazzurri, who had beaten PSV at the Philips Stadium, would’ve considered themselves favourites to win at the San Siro. Instead they drew, and that allowed Spurs to progress by the narrowest of margins- on the head to head away goals rule!

City scored an injury time goal in the second leg that would’ve knocked Spurs out but for the presence of VAR (this is the first season that VAR has been used in the CL). The Lilywhites looked down and out at half time (trailing 3-0 on aggregate) in their Amsterdam semi, but produced a stunning second half come-back, including a stoppage time winner, to advance to the final.

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Route to final (knockout stages) for LFC

Liverpool 0-0 Bayern Munich
Bayern 1-3 Liverpool

Liverpool 2-0 Porto
Porto 1-4 Liverpool

Barcelona 3-0 Liverpool
Liverpool 4-0 Barcelona

Route to final (knockout stages) for Tottenham

Tottenham 3-0 Dortmund
Dortmund 0-1 Tottenham

Tottenham 1-0 Man City
Man City 4-3 Tottenham

Tottenham 0-1 Ajax
Ajax 2-3 Tottenham

All five of Liverpool’s European Cup triumphs have come against teams wearing white, and Spurs, as the home team on Saturday, are also set to don their traditional white coloured strip. Some Spurs fans might have preferred the green kit that brought them decisive second leg victories against City and Ajax, but it will be a battle between two home uniforms- Tottenham’s made by Nike and Liverpool’s by New Balance. Chelsea have already won the Europa League wearing Nike, and the American giant will have a rare European double if Spurs win their maiden CL crown at the Wanda Metropolitano stadium on Saturday.

CL Final

Tottenham Hotspur v Liverpool kicks off at 20.00 UK on 1 June, 2019 in Madrid, Spain (Referee- Skomina)

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