Here we go the 2018 UEFA Champions League Final Real Madrid vs Liverpool, they have 17 European cups between them. A 10000-kilometer round trip for both teams to Kiev which works out as a quarter of the way around the world, or in football terms 5.9 million Ronaldo’s 5.9 million Salah’s or 47 million official UEFA Champions League match balls.
So let’s look at the 5 Things You May Not Know About Real Madrid v Liverpool
1- First of all, Real Madrid current squad boasts 47 final appearances to Liverpool none so will experience give Madrid an edge? Cristiano Ronaldo alone, for example, is preparing for a sick final to equalize Paolo Maldini’s records in the UEFA Champions League era, Zidane takes charge of the third final in 3 seasons and by comparison Jurgen Klopp was Dortmund boss when they lost to Bayern Munich 5 years ago while Daniel Sturridge out on loan at the moment ass a Chelsea sub in 2012 final that did not come on.
2- Zidane must think this UEFA Champions League lark is easy, he has won more than 70 % of his matches in the competition as head coach is yet to be eliminated and has won the last two titles. But Real Madrid has lost European games this season lets not forget, and to one of Liverpool’s domestic rivals to a 3-1 humbling at Tottenham in the group stage. Let us offer Liverpool supporters further home.
3- Mo Salah is a top scoring African player in a single campaign. While Roberto Firmmino’s 10 goals make him the top scoring competition debutant ever, although Sadio Mane on nine can catch both of them for those accolades as a group Liverpool enjoyed the highest scoring UEFA Champions League season in history and their ability to blow teams away in thrilling spells cannot be ignored, just ask Manchester City and Roma.
4- Surprisingly these sides meet for just the sixth time in 1981 Liverpool beat madrid in the final. A Steven Gerrard inspired performance saw the reds dismantle madrid in 2008-2009 round of 16. While the record title winners got their revenge with a double success of their own six seasons late, bizarrely too Madrid have faced English oppositions 37 times that’s the same number of occasions that Liverpool has played the Spanish sides with nearly identical records.
5- All these things aside it’s the 90 minute play in Kiev that counts, so how well do these players know the imposing surroundings of the arena. While Luca Modric has recently played here for Croatia, Karim Benzema has twice represented France in the Arena, while Mohamed Salah put in a man of the match showing in Kiev. England’s Jorden Henderson and James Milner were beaten their at UEFA Euro 2012 on panelties by Italy aside they went to lose to Sergio Ramos’s spain in the final. The defender got his hands on silverware that day, can he repeat the feat in the white of Madrid on May the 26th or Jurgen Klopp and co will write their names into Anfield folklore.