As another domestic season draws to a close, we look ahead to what feels like a domestic game. An all English Champions League Final. In a season in which the quality of the top flight of English football has been so high, it is only fitting that the elite competition in Europe is contested by two of the teams who finished in the Top 3 of the Premier League.
Liverpool will look to curb the disappointment of the highest ever points total to end up only second in the Premier League, as well as last years Champions League final defeat, and overcome Tottenham Hotspur who have produced some outstanding performances to reach the final in a year in which they never seriously contended for the Premier League crown.
What will happen on June 1st? Will we see a classic attack of free flowing football or a cagey defensive affair? Will Salah and Ali show up or will someone unexpected steal the show? There is not long to find out…Let us take a look at a few key facts about this tie…
- Spurs have never reached this stage of the competition before and face Liverpool, 5 times winners and last season runners up
- Both teams came back from unprecedented levels in the Semi Finals to reach this stage
- This will be the 7th Champions League Final to be contested by clubs from the same country and the second English affair. Spanish clubs have most regularly appeared in these domestic final
- The last All English affair was 11 years ago when Manchester United defeated Chelsea on penalties in the rain soaked city of Moscow
- Spurs become the 8th English club to appear in a European Cup Final…more than any other country
- This is the 5th final to have taken place in Madrid, the last being in 2010
- In total Spurs have lost 79 times to Liverpool in 170 games with 43 draws
- Only 22 teams have won the European Cup….Spurs would make it 23
- Spurs have a good European pedigree outside of the Champions League and were the first English winners of the now defunct European Cup Winners Cup
- Spurs would indeed become only the 5th club to have won the Champions League, UEFA Cup and Cup Winners Cup if they triumphed in Madrid
- Liverpool have won 5 of 8 European Finals
- Liverpool have reached back to European Finals on 2 previous occasions and have always won at least one of them
- Spurs have never ever won a game in Spain
- Liverpool have lost on 4 of their previous 5 trips to Spain
- The sides previously met in the Semi Final stage of the 1973 UEFA Cup when Liverpool overcame Spurs on away goals
- In the last 14 meetings between the two sides, Spurs have beaten Liverpool only once
- Liverpool won 2-1 on both occasions that the two sides met in this years Premier League
- The sides met in a domestic final in 1982 when Liverpool won 3-1
I hope that has got your appetite wet for what should be a titanic and historic clash in Madrid tomorrow night!