Tottenham face Liverpool at the Wanda Metropolitano in the Champions League final on Saturday, June 1. Here’s all the info you need to watch.
The biggest prize in Europe will be decided on Saturday as Tottenham face Liverpool in the Champions League final. The two Premier League clubs used dynamic second leg comebacks in the semifinal to advance to Madrid. After losing the opening leg 3-0 to Barcelona, Liverpool returned to Anfield and won 4-0 to advance to their second straight Champions League final. Tottenham lost the first leg 1-0 in London and were down 2-0 at halftime against Ajax. Behind an incredible Lucas Moura, performance Spurs came from behind to win 3-2 advanced on away goals.
A season ago, Liverpool were also in the Champions League final but saw their chances of winning diminished after Mohamed Salah was forced off after 30 minutes with an injury. This season, Liverpool have been even better than they were last season. The Reds spent the summer upgrading their depth by Naby Keita, Fabinho and Xherdan Shaqiri. Perhaps the biggest move they made was signing keeper Alisson after Loris Karius’ mistakes last season against Real Madrid lead to two goals.
The signings paid off as Liverpool improved their point total in the Premier League but the club still finished one point behind Manchester City in the title race. Salah and Sadio Mane both scored 26 goals in all competitions, while Roberto Firmino scored 16 times. The trio will lead the attack for Jurgen Klopp’s team against Spurs. At the back, Virgil van Dijk has been one of the best defenders in the world. Liverpool will rely on their key players on Saturday if they are going to capture their first Champions League title since 2005.
After falling out of the Premier League title race, Mauricio Pochettino turned his team’s focus to the Champions League. The decision paid off as Tottenham reached the Champions League final for the first time in club history. Spurs finished 26 points behind Liverpool this season but in a one-game final, anything can happen.
While Liverpool will almost certainly set up in their familiar 4-3-3 formation, Pochettino can use several difference formations effectively as he looks to give Liverpool problems. Pochettino could use a back three with Davinson Sanchez, Toby Alderweireld, and Jan Vertonghen but he could also use a back four or back five as he has used at times this season. For Spurs to win on Saturday, they need to limit Liverpool’s scoring chances.
Perhaps the most difficult decision for Pochettino will be how he chooses to use Harry Kane. The English striker scored 24 goals in all competitions this season but has not played since April 9 with an ankle injury. Kane could be the difference in the game but it is unclear if he can start and play the full 90 minutes. If Kane starts and re-aggravates his injury, it could force Pochettino to burn one of his subs early in the first half.
If Kane is healthy, he will give a huge boost to Spurs’ attack. Christian Eriksen, Dele Alli and Heung-min Son will be the focus of the attack for Tottenham as they look to get the ball into dangerous positions. If Kane does not start, Pochettino will likely start Moura again after he scored three second-half against Ajax in the semifinal.
The Champions League match between Tottenham and Liverpool will be broadcast live on TNT. Live streaming is available on B/R Live, which you can access with your cable or satellite subscription, either online or through their app.
Date: Saturday, June 1
Start Time: 3 p.m. ET
Location: Madrid, Spain
Stadium: Wanda Metropolitano Stadium
TV info: TNT
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Liverpool defeated Tottenham 2-1 in both Premier League games this season. Firmino scored in both games for the Reds. Spurs have not beaten Liverpool since Oct. 22, 2017, when they won 4-1 behind two Kane goals.