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You can win Champions . O Copas del Rey . O Leagues . Or whatever. That goes into the normal. Each course, at this time, titles are held. In one place or another, trophies and more trophies. However, you are not always in a position to make history. That is no longer available to anyone. Not even in this edition, where the objectives of the contenders appear as antagonistic – beyond raising the 'Orejona'-. On the one hand, the Liverpool wants to resurface: it does not win a continental final since 2005 – since Benítez carved in the so-called 'Miracle' of Istanbul against Milan (3-3 and victory on penalties) -. And on the other, Real Madrid seeks to become the only club to win three consecutive finals with the current format of European Cup. Yes they did, before 1992 (the year the change was made), Cruyff's Ajax (71, 72 and 73), Bayern Beckenbauer (74.75 and 76) – with three, both – and Madrid by Di Stéfano, who won five.
The Madrid of Zidane therefore, faces a magnanimous challenge: winning that third one ] Champions consecutive and its fourth in five years. The data speaks for itself. The success is total and the continental winning streak difficult to match. The first came in Lisbon with Ancelotti on the bench and French second. Then, a year of transition -with the dismissal of the Italian included-, a brief period of tests with Benítez and the ascension of Zizou who arrived and kissed the saint: he beat the Atlético his first European Cup as a penalty technician and Juventus his second. Now, he will try to do the same in front of Liverpool (Saturday, 8:45 pm) .
For the optimism, an almost impeccable tour of Madrid. After hesitating in the group stage – and slipping in Wembley against Tottenham -, he took a run and left PSG, Juventus and Bayern in Munich . ] That is, to the champions of France, Italy and Germany respectively. And, in addition, masterfully. With a very different image from that given in Liga where he practically threw in the towel in Christmas and in Cup where he fell in front of Leganés . There, in those two competitions, a Madrid. In the Champions when the music of Händel sounded, another. Radical change to advance to the final.
In Kiev you will find a Liverpool who already knows what it is to beat the Champions against Real Madrid. He did it in 1981, at a very different time and in a totally different football. So, the favorites were the English. They arrived with a team of glitter and glitter. Namely, Dalglish, McDermott, Johnson … and the goalscorer, Kennedy. He scored the only goal of the game in the 81st minute. He buried the hopes of lifting the continental twist of Camacho, Stielike, Del Bosque, Santillana or Juanito. Boskov on the bench, fell in front of Robert Paisley, winner on that Parisian night in the Parc des Princes.
Now, the movie has changed. The favorite is Real Madrid. They are the current European champions. “They are a Swiss watch, they make fantastic football. They organize when they have to and they are chaotic when the party asks for it, “acknowledged Jürgen Klopp at the previous press conference. Even, as some say, without a coach: “Many people think that Zizou has no tactical knowledge. They feel the same about me and it is curious that two coaches who have no idea of tactics have reached the final. What he has done is brilliant. Unfortunately, I have a brilliant uncle before me as coach, “said the German.
But not only Zidane lives on Madrid . In the bedroom, a monetary and sporting template of more value. With Cristiano also, plugged in: he has scored a total of 44 goals (26 in the League, 15 in the Champions League, two in the Mundialito and one in the Spanish Super Cup) in 43 games. “The brown of choosing is from the coach”, he commented, in the half day organized by the club, Isco . And his technician ratified: “That's how it will be.” Among your doubts? How to play and who to play. With several possible names to form in the starting lineup: Gareth Bale, Isco himself, Asensio and Lucas Vázquez. These four, possibly, will play a position. They will accompany them Benzema and Ronaldo.
That's the danger of Madrid . On the other side, the Liverpool which has the best trident in Europe. Salah, Firmino and Mané are the best goalscorer trio in the history of the Champions League with 29 goals, surpassing the 28 scored by Cristiano Ronaldo, Bale and Benzema in the 2013/14 campaign. In total, with these three, the Liverpool has the record of goals scored (40 goals after the preliminary phase, with an average of 3'33 goals per game). An atrocity. That is the virtue of the 'reds'. The weakness? The defense. Although they have improved with the signing of Van Dijk, who reached Anfield for 85 million euros, they are vulnerable back, as I can see against Roma (lost 4-2 in the Olympic and almost knocked out.)
Those are the weapons of the two teams. Of course, only one can make history: the Real Madrid. On the shoulders of the whites, the responsibility of saving a mediocre season in League and Cup, but exceptional in Europe. And not only that: also pass to posterity. That is what pursues Zidane what his Madrid wants and what he wants Ronaldo who could lift his fifth Champions -more than many clubs-. That is the goal of the King of Europe. On the other side, the maximum candidate to lower him from the throne. The answer, in less than 24 hours