The stage in Kiev for the UEFA Champions League final is all set. Will Ronaldo win a record 5th UCL title and match Liverpool’s all-time club record?
The much-anticipated game between Real Madrid and Liverpool will take off at the NSC Olimpiyskiy, Kiev on Saturday, May 26, 2018. Both teams will battle it out for the honors at stake.
For the reigning champions, the prestige attached to do the unthinkable (three consecutive Champions League title triumphs) dominates their spirit’s desire. Meanwhile, Liverpool come across as the underdogs. The Reds will be looking at upsetting the giants and making a statement that they are still a big club.
Real Madrid Team News
There are no notable absentees from this Real Madrid team. All players are fit and have their guns blazing for this final game.
Goalkeepers: Navas, Luca, Casilla
Defenders: Achraf, Carvajal, Marcelo, Nacho, Ramos Theo, Vallejo, Varane
Midfielders: Asensio, Casemiro, Ceballos, Isco, Kovacic, Kroos, Llorente, Modric
Forwards: Cristiano Ronaldo, Bale, Benzema, Mayoral, Vazquez
Zinedine Zidane might opt to start the BBC while Asensio could be offered a super-sub role.
Probable line-up (4-3-3 formation): Navas; Carvajal, Varane, Ramos, Marcelo; Casemiro, Kroos, Modric; Bale, Benzema and Ronaldo.
Liverpool Team News
Unlike Real Madrid, Emre Can and Oxlade Chamberlain will miss this UEFA Champions League final due to their injuries. The good news for Liverpool — and perhaps the bad news for Los Blancos defenders — is that Mohamed Salah, Firmino and Mane are all fit.
Goalkeepers: Mignolet, Karius, Ward
Defenders: Phillips, Clyne, Lovren, Van Dijk, Moreno, Klavan, Alexander-Arnold, Robertson
Midfielders: Milner, Wijnaldum, Lallana, Henderson, Jones, Can, Camacho
Forwards: Mane, Salah, Firmino, Solanke, Ings, Woodburn
Probable line-up (4-3-3 formation): Karius; Robertson, Van Dijk, Lovren, Trent Alexander; Wijnaldum, Henderson, Milner; Salah, Firmino and Mane.
The Ronaldo factor
“Finals are always special occasions; I would have preferred it to be Manchester United. But Liverpool deserve respect. We are not going to have it easy. They deserve to be in the finals. They remind me of Real Madrid three or four years ago. Their front players, they are quick…they are powerful in the attack and I respect them. But Madrid are better. We have to play to our level, but we also have to respect the opposition.”
This is what Cristiano Ronaldo told the press in the build-up to the 2018 UEFA Champions League final. The competition’s topscorer has contributed to 18 goals in the campaign with three assists and 15 strikes. He is on course to becoming the only player with the most amount of UCL trophies (5).
— CRonaldoDaily.com (@BreatheRonaldo) May 25, 2018