Liverpool and Real Madrid meet in the Champions League final for the second time in five years, with Jurgen Klopp’s side aiming to end the season with a treble and the Spanish giants hoping for Karim Benzema Inspired them to go on to a record 14th UEFA Champions League. Cup victory.
Saturday’s final kicks off at 9pm in Paris (19:00GMT), when 80,000 people gather at the Stade de France, including 20,000 supporters from both sides, who have officially secured their precious Game tickets.
Around 40,000 Liverpool fans without tickets are also expected to be in Paris, while 7,000 police officers will be on duty as part of a massive security operation.
The final is expected to be the climax of the European season, with Liverpool looking to win a second Champions League in the next four seasons 1-3 loss to Real Madrid In Kyiv in 2018, Mohamed Salah was injured in the first half and Gareth Bale scored twice for the Spaniard.
Victory would end Liverpool’s run to win the English League Cup and FA Cup and move just one point behind champions Manchester City in the Premier League.
“I’m very happy and proud of what we’ve done so far, it’s really special,” Klopp said.
“If we win the game, I’ll feel better, that’s all I care about,” he added, after getting the news that midfield duo Fabinho and Thiago Alcantara were fit to play added.
The Anfield side could win their seventh European Cup, a figure that would put them level with AC Milan, leaving only Real Madrid with more victories.
In fact, Madrid are looking to win their fifth Champions League in nine seasons and, ominously, have won their last seven finals.
“It’s been a huge success for all of us to be here. We know the needs and the history of this club very well, but for us to be here is huge,” said Everest, who was in charge of Liverpool’s local rivals last year. said Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti.
“We believe this season has been very, very good, but now we are very close to having a big season.”
Liverpool looked to have the stronger side on paper, with Alisson scoring goals, Virgil van Dijk organizing their defence and Salah and Sadio Mane leading their attack.
Real Madrid, however, are pinning their hopes on Benzema, the 34-year-old Frenchman who has scored 15 goals this season.
Benzema has scored 44 goals this season to lead Real to the Spanish title and is a favourite to win the Ballon d’Or.
“He’s definitely one of the best players in the world, probably the best striker in the world, and I’m sure he’s probably the most underrated player in history,” UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin said on Friday. told AFP when asked about it. About Benzema.
“He has more personality and leadership now on and off the pitch, but what hasn’t changed is his quality, he’s as humble as ever,” said Ancelotti, in his first season as head coach Just won the 2014 Champions League with Real Madrid.
Ancelotti could become the first coach to win the Champions League four times, having also led AC Milan to the title in 2003 and 2007 – he currently has three with Zidane and Bob Paisley. Victory tied.
Klopp dedicates final to Ukraine
It will be the third final between the two clubs, who also met in Paris in 1981, when England won thanks to Alan Kennedy’s goal at the Parc des Princes.
The final, which will be refereeed by Frenchman Clement Turpin, will only take place in Paris after St Petersburg was disqualified following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Klopp dedicated the final to the Ukrainian people, saying moving the final to Paris was “the right message that Russia deserved”.
“The war is still going on and we have to think about that,” he said, before adding: “We are playing this final for everyone in Ukraine. I am sure some people in Ukraine can still watch it and we will do it for you, 100 %.”