The 2022 Champions League Final will feature two of the most historic soccer clubs in the world, Real Madrid from Spain and Liverpool from England. Real Madrid has the most Champions League wins in the tournament’s history with 13, while Liverpool is tied for third with six.
Most recently, the sides met in the 2018 Finals, where Real Madrid won 3-1, on their way to winning their third straight final and fourth in five years. It was an astonishing run of form for a club, the first three-peat since Bayern Munich in the early 1970s. The following season, Liverpool won the Champions League trophy for the first time since 2006.
The two mett in last year’s quarter-finals, with Real Madrid poetically winning 3-1 on aggregate. This match is a bigger stage for Liverpools chance at revenge
It has only been three seasons since the sides met, and both have many of the same key pieces. There are, however,some differences.
Let’s check the latest news, stats, injury reports, and Champions League odds for Real Madrid and Liverpool’s . We’ve plenty of predictions for you to consider.
Liverpool’s squad since the 2018 defeat hasn’t changed much, only in subtle improvements. Manager Jurgen Klopp has stayed on, evolving Liverpool to one of the best teams in England, if not Europe.
The critical components of Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane in attack with Virgil van Dijk manning the backline are the same. Left and right backs Andrew Roberston and Trent Alexander-Arnold are still the go-to choices for Klopp and have only gotten better. All these players started in the Champions League picks Final in 2018, and have been regular starters all season.
Two players were bought in due to the loss against Real Madrid, and started in the first leg of this year’s semifinal against Villiarreal. After a poor performance by goalkeeper Loris Karius in the 2018 Finals, Liverpool acquired Alisson Becker, Klopp’s first-team goalie since. Liverpool also acquired Fabinho, who has been the team’s utility central defensive midfielder.
Center back Ibrahima Konate and forward Luis Diaz signed within the last year and could get the start in the Final.
The final difference could come in the midfield as captain Jordan Henderson, who also started in the 2018 Finals, is likely to start. Thiago Alcantara started against Villarreal, but Naby Keita is an option after joining the team after the 2018 Finals.
Real Madrid’s Changes
Real Madrid’s team is almost entirely different from the team that won the 2018 Finals. However, the elite midfield three of Toni Kroos, Luka Modrić, and Casemiro who started in 2018, will likely start in 2022.
Manager Zinedine Zidane stepped down after the 2018 victory, making way for Julen Lopetegui and Santiago Solari, who managed only 46 games. Zidane returned to manage for two more seasons till Real Madrid settled on current manager Carlo Ancelotti, who also coached the team from 2013-15.
Real Madrid’s 2018 Finals first-team squad featured legends in Cristiano Ronaldo and Sergio Ramos, who have left. Ronaldo exited after the win in 2018, while Ramos and Raphael Varane, who started alongside Ramos in 2018, left last summer.
Both fullback Marcelo and midfielder Isco started in 2018, and are still on the current roster. However, they have had little impact due to injury and age, playing in a combined 24 La Liga games this season.
Gareth Bale, who scored the two winning goals in 2018, has declined since that spectacular performance, also due to age and injury, only appearing in five La Liga matches this year.
Striker Karim Benzema, who scored the opening goal in 2018, and fullback Dani Carvajal are two pieces in this year’s side, who started in 2018. Both have had more expanded roles this time around, with Benzema named captain and is the front runner for the Ballon d’Or.
Real Madrid’s recent first-team lineups include goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, center backs David Alaba and Eder Mlitao, fullback Ferland Mendy, and wingers Federico Valverde and Vinicius Junior. All joined after the 2018 victory, and all have been mainstays in Ancelotti’s first team. Valverde is the only one who was technically on the team, rising from the youth squads but didn’t break into the first team consistently till 2019.
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