On Saturday night, the biggest game of the European football calendar the Champions League final takes place in Kiev, as European champions Real Madrid face Liverpool.
The pair are two of the most successful clubs in the history of the European Cup, as Real Madrid have won the competition 12 times, while the Merseyside have lifted the trophy on five occasions.
Real Madrid heads into this clash as slight favourites to retain their crown. If Los Blancos do triumph in Kiev, then it will mean that the Los Blancos will have won in the competition in four of the last five seasons, including on three successive campaigns.
The club from the Spanish capital has enjoyed an inconsistent domestic campaign. However, once again Los Blancos have found a way to win in Europe, as Zinedine Zidane’s team have recorded six victories in their last eight outings in Europe’s elite competition.
The Spanish side defeated German giants Bayern Munich 4-3 on aggregate to book their place in Kiev after a narrow aggregate win over Italian giants Juventus in the quarter-finals.
Liverpool are surprise finalists after a tremendous European campaign. The Reds are the top scorers in the competition, with the exciting front three Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane prolific in the competition.
Jurgen Klopp’s side recorded a 7-6 aggregate over Roma in the semi-finals, showing both their strengths and weaknesses, winning the first leg 5-2 and losing the second leg in Rome 4-2.
A key to the Reds stellar campaign this season has been that aforementioned prolific form in front of goal, scoring at least twice in nine of their last ten European outings.
This clash is one of two highly prolific teams going forward, but vulnerable in defence. The Spanish giants have immense experience in the Champions League. Zidane’s team may just edge a victory in a high scoring encounter.