2018 Champions League Final Preview

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Liverpool return to Europe’s biggest club match for the first time in 11 years and face the two-time defending champions Real Madrid, who are going for their 13th Champions League trophy.

This will be the sixth meeting between these sides with the most recent fixture coming in the group stage of the 2014-2015 Champions League competition.

Madrid won 3-0 at Anfield in October and 1-0 at the Bernabeu however Liverpool won the knockout stages meeting in 2009 5-0 on aggregate.

Road to the Final

Liverpool began their road to Kyiv in mid-August with a 6-3 aggregate win over Hoffenheim in the Play-Off Round.

They finished on top of Group H with three wins and three draws, scoring 23 goals including a 7-0 win over Maribor.

Throughout the knockout stages they built their success with big first leg wins and holding on in the return contest.

In the Round of 16 they won 5-0 over Porto before a scoreless draw in the second leg.

Their quarter final triumph was built on a 3-0 win over Manchester City at Anfield in the first leg.

It was nervy in the semi-final after going into the second leg with a 5-2 advantage. Roma almost pulled off a miraculous comeback winning the second leg 4-2 but it was Liverpool who held on to advance 7-6 on aggregate.

Real Madrid finished second in Group H just behind Tottenham with four wins, a draw and a loss from their games.

Their one loss coming at Wembley against Spurs and perhaps providing a blueprint for an English side to upset Los Blancos.

Their knockout path has been imposing starting off with Paris Saint-Germain, who were dismissed by a 5-2 aggregate score before facing off against Juventus.

Cristiano Ronaldo produced a goal to remember in the first leg as Real won 3-0 but Juve roared back in the second leg to level it up at 3-3 before a controversial penalty sent Real through.

In the semi-final they had to get past German heavyweights Bayern Munich which they did winning the first leg 2-1 and holding on for a 2-2 draw in the second contest.

Expect Some Goals

One thing that has stood out from both sides in the tournament so far is their propensity to both score and concede goals in bunches.

Real have scored 13 goals in their six games so far and have given up eight while Liverpool scored 17 and have given up seven, including conceding in each of their last three games.

Liverpool have done a fantastic job setting up to score early then hitting teams on the counter and will want to get that first goal.

Real will feel as though they can match however many goals Liverpool scores and they will need at least two in this game.

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It has been a remarkable effort from Liverpool to get this far, proving that on any given day they are capable of matching it with some of the biggest sides in the world.

Even so Real Madrid are a step up from that level.

Real has too many attacking options and will be able to keep Liverpool at an arms length throughout the game and be able to put it away in the final 10 minutes.

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