Champions League Final Tips, Predictions & Preview – Liverpool vs Tottenham
We have Champions League Final Tips between Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur, which both provided incredible comebacks to reach the final.
After a pulsating series of semi-finals, we finally have the last two teams standing. It will be an all-English affair in the European showpiece event for only the second time in the history of the competition; with the first occasion coming in 2008 when Manchester United beat Chelsea on penalties.
However, who will be lifting the famous trophy after what is sure to be a classic battle between Spurs and Liverpool?
Where to start regarding the semi-finals? Both matches were classics, and it was a truly historic week for English football. Both sides had been outsiders to qualify for the final after being beaten in their respective first legs; however, what followed over the second legs reminded everybody why football is the most popular sport in the world since anything can happen, and on these two nights everything did happen.
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Liverpool’s road to the final
Liverpool welcomed Barcelona to Anfield after a 3-0 defeat in Spain, but the European nights in the city are, and there is always a feeling that despite their backs being against the wall; anything could happen.
Divock Origi scored before the break to get the Reds fans’ daring to dream, and the tide was well and truly flipped on its head in the space of ten second-half minutes when Georgio Wijnaldum scored two marvellous goals. With the scorelines even on aggregate, there was destined only ever to be one winner; but magic was needed for the decisive moment of the tie.
Trent Alexander-Arnold was the man of the moment when he took a quick corner as Barcelona had switched off, and this allowed Origi to pounce for his second of the game and gave Jurgen Klopp’s side the advantage for the first time in the tie.
It was a nervy final ten minutes, but Barcelona looked a shadow of the team that had dominated a week prior, and Liverpool was able to hang on comfortably.
Tottenham’s road to the final
Tottenham’s route to the final has been anything but comfortable. After narrowly escaping the Etihad and Manchester City they were awarded with a tie against the all-conquering young Ajax team.
The Dutch outfit dominated three-quarters of the tie but didn’t take their chances; which ensured Spurs hopes remained alive. The second half at the Amsterdam Arena will go down in Tottenham folklore as one of their finest ever hours.
Lucas Moura was the catalyst behind the success and pounced of defensive errors to score twice. However, it still seemed too little as the clock ticked down. One final push from a long ball from Hugo Lloris caused chaos and Ajax couldn’t clear their lines; once again Moura pounced and narrowly edged the ball past the helpless Dutch goalkeeper.
Pandemonium ensued, and Mauricio Pochettino crashed to his knees in disbelief; like everybody else in the arena and the millions of fans watching the game on television.
It was nothing short of remarkable, and this Spurs outfit that has been plagued by injuries and bad luck all season will get a glorious chance to win their first ever Champions League title in Madrid.
The return of Harry Kane seems inevitable, and it would be very fitting for the lifelong-Spurs fan who has become a cult hero to have a massive say on the biggest night in Tottenham’s history.
However, Klopp will be keen to ensure that his sides’ glorious season doesn’t end trophyless after falling short in their pursuit of Manchester City in the Premier League. One thing is for sure if the semi-finals are anything to go by; it will be a classic.
Champions League Final Tips
There are so many questions that linger ahead of the final. Will Kane be fit? Is it possible that Liverpool team win nothing this season? Will Pochettino still be at Spurs next season?
It will be an enthralling occasion, in what is sure to be a rocking Wanda Metropolitan. The reaction to Liverpool’s second-place finish domestically is crucial.
The pressure will be on Klopp’s men, as they will enter the final as favourites. Liverpool had looked nervy in the league during the run-in and undoubtedly performed better when the pressure was off.
However, there will be an expectation of success in the final, and that could play into Spurs’ hands.
Champions League Final Tips: Tottenham Hotspur to win @ BetOnline