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CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FINAL: REAL MADRID - LIVERPOOL
It’s the game we have all been waiting for. The last game of the season is also the greatest and one of the highlights of the year for any true football fan. The Champions League final has arrived and the matchup this year is as perfect as it gets. Real Madrid are looking to become champions for the 3rd consecutive time, while Liverpool will have a shot at claiming the most prestigious trophy in club football for the first time since the famous miracle in Istanbul all the way back in 2005.
The stage for the great final this year is the NSC Olimpiyskiy Stadium in Kiev, the same venue that saw Spain defeat Italy 4-0 in the European Championship final in 2012. Usually the stadium capable of housing 70 000 football fans serves as the home ground of the Ukrainian national team as well as for Dynamo Kyiv in European competitions.
It has been a tough journey to get here for both the finalists and the pair have had to show their very best sides in order to reach the ultimate round. Real Madrid had to dig deep to overcome opponents such as PSG, Juventus and Bayern Munich, while Liverpool had to come through the playoffs to even qualify for the competition, before being faced with the likes of Sevilla, Manchester City and Roma.
We at ScandiBet are very much looking forward to the final and below we have listed a few points that we think make this game extra interesting.
Lots of goals:
This Champions League edition has been all about attacking and not so much defending. Perhaps it then isn't very surprising that our two finalists are also the two highest scorers of the tournament this season, with Liverpool racking up 40 goals against Real Madrid's 30. This gives plenty of reason to expect many goals in the final, just the way we like it. For this reason ScandiBet would like to offer you a free bet depending on how many goals this final produces. All you have to do is opt in for the campaign and place a bet of €20 or more on the final with odds of 1.85 or higher and you will have the possibility of receiving a free bet worthy of a champion! Read more about this unique offer and opt in here!
3 Champions League titles in a row?
Last season Real Madrid shocked the football world when they became the first club ever to win the Champions League two times in a row, a feat believed to be virtually impossible judging by previous attempts. This year they are in the final once again and are looking to keep pushing the limits by claiming their third trophy in a row. If they are successful it would also be their 13th European cup in total, a record that no other club is close to matching. Liverpool on the other hand currently have 5 European cups in their possession, which also is quite an achievement and puts them in a shared 3rd place. Who will get to add to their collection this year round?
The battle between the top scorers:
Speaking of goals; this year's final also happens to feature the 4 top scorers of the season. Cristiano Ronaldo, the undisputed king of the Champions League has managed an impressive 15 goals in the tournament this season, becoming the first player in history to score in 11 consecutive CL-games in the process. However, the next 3 spots on the top scorer list are occupied by Liverpool's lethal trident; Salah, Mane and Firmino. Ronaldo will be determined to defend his throne and lead his Madrid to glory once again but the challengers who have taken Europe by storm this season are hungry for silverware and would love to sabotage his plans. For Ronaldo and Salah this game could also see one of them take a huge step towards the Ballon d’Or trophy, as they are both among the favourites to win the award this year. For the past 4 years the winner of the famous golden ball has also won the Champions League trophy earlier in the year. Although this time we will also of course have to take into consideration the World Cup that will take place this summer. If Ronaldo is to lift his third consecutive Ballon d’Or this year he will become the player who has won it the most times in history with 6, overtaking his eternal rival, Lionel Messi. Salah on the other hand would break the 10 year long monopoly on the award that Ronaldo and Messi have been having if he was to get his hands on it this year.
Two goalkeepers, one fate
Guarding the two goals during the final will be Keylor Navas and Loris Karius, two goalkeepers with a similar story since joining their respective clubs:
When Navas joined Real Madrid back in 2014 it was mainly to be a backup to club legend Iker Casillas. The following season he became the club’s new number 1 as his predecessor left Madrid but since then his performances have gone up and down, harvesting a lot of criticism. Real Madrid being constantly linked with other world class goalkeepers hasn’t made his job any easier either but Navas has kept his head down and been a guardian for his club in this year’s Champions League.
On the opposite side of the pitch, Karius shares a similar past. Since joining Liverpool 2 years ago he has had to put up with quite a bit of time on the bench due to differentiating performances and his rivalry with Mignolet, the club’s former first choice between the sticks. Many believe that in order to climb to the heights that Liverpool aspire to under Klopp, they will need to make an upgrade from Karius but nobody can take away from him the role he has had in taking his team to this huge final.
Both goalies will be up against world class attacking play in Kiev and they will need to put their best performances of the season on display, as one slip-up could cost them the trophy they’ve worked for the entire season. However, for these two there’s more at stake as their futures in their clubs could very well be on the line too. Who will handle the pressure better?
The duel on the touchline:
One of the most interesting duels of the night will definitely be the one between the two managers, because comparing the two iconic characters that are Zinedine Zidane and Jürgen Klopp is like comparing ice and fire. Zidane is quiet and calm in most settings, has few years in the managerial business but already has 2 European cups to his name since taking over his club. His opponent on the other hand is known for having a bit more energy on the sidelines, has over 17 years of managing on his back but has lost his only European final so far with Dortmund in 2013. Despite their differentiating personalities and CVs, they are both adored by their clubs’ supporters, both are amongst the biggest names in world football and both love attacking play. Though they are relatively young in terms of managers and will have lots of time to get to more finals, both will be doing anything in their power to remain the victor at the end of the night.
The aforementioned points are only a selection of arguments for taking the Saturday night off in order to witness this great event but there are also of course plenty of others. Whether your heart is white or red, or even if you are neutral, this game is going to be worth watching for sure and it will also serve as a very fitting warm up to the World Cup that lies ahead. However, if you for some reason still feel like the game is missing something, why not place a bet on it to make it even more interesting? Who will lead at half time? Who will score the goals? Will there be extra time, or even a penalty shootout? Maybe you can even guess the correct scoreline? No matter how you wish to place your bets; don't forget to check out our unique goal bonus to get a little extra to play with after the final too! Just remember that the most important thing is to have fun and enjoy this great event in your way!
Frequently asked questions:
Who is playing?
Real Madrid and Liverpool will meet in this year’s final.
Where is it played?
The final is played at the NSC Olimpiyskiy Stadium in Kiev, Ukraine.
When is it played?
The game is played on the 26th of May at 20:45 (CET).
How is it played?
Unlike the knockout rounds leading up to it, the final of the Champions League consists of only one game. If there is a draw after 90 minutes there will be 30 minutes of extra time added, if the game is still a draw after that it will be decided by penalties.
Where can I watch it?
If you’re not one of the lucky ones to have a ticket to watch the game live in Kiev there is no reason to worry as it of course is broadcasted all across the globe.
Sweden: MTG Sport
Finland: Viasat, YLE
Iceland: Stod 2 Sport
Germany: ZDF, Sky Deutschland