Everything you need to know about the Champions League final
The Champions League final is the last major event of the football season, and will give Liverpool one last shot at glory before the summer break. Here, we have the answer to every question you might have about the venue, the hosts, the stadium and most important of all, where to get tickets for the showpiece event of the season.
What is the Champions League final?
Let’s start with the essentials, the UEFA Champions League final is simply the biggest prize in European football. The top teams across the continent have been battling it out through the group stages, and all those candidates have now been whittled down to two combatants.
When and where will it take place?
Put the date in your diary. The Champions League final takes place on Saturday 26 May at Kiev’s NSC Olimpiyskiy Stadium at a kickoff time of 7:45PM BST. The venue has a capacity of 63,000 and has hosted some amazing matches over the years. This was the scene of Spain’s 4-0 victory in the Euro 2012 final. It is also home to Ukraine’s most famous football team, Dynamo Kiev.
How to buy tickets?
If you want to attend the match in person and are wondering where to get tickets, they are still available. To get the best price, it is best to take a look online, where you can find Liverpool tickets champions league available. Once you’ve managed to buy champions league tickets, you’ll need to consider your route to the stadium. If you’ve never visited Kiev before, this is the perfect opportunity to do so. There are direct flights from London, or one-stop options from London, Birmingham and even Liverpool itself that come in at less than £500 return.
The route to the final
Unless you’ve been living on the moon, you will know that Liverpool’s route to the final has been nothing if not dramatic. Defeating the mighty Manchester City in the quarter final stages was the stuff that dreams are made of, and the 5-1 aggregate win made it all the sweeter. There was always the possibility of going into the semis with less than perfect focus, and that’s exactly what happened. The second leg 4-2 defeat to Roma meant The Reds scraped through by the tightest of margins, winning 7-6 on aggregate.
Meanwhile, Real have had to fight at every stage. Their quarter final clash against Juventus could have gone either way, and Bayern will still be kicking themselves over some schoolboy errors that saw them edged out in the semi final.
Who’s going to win?
Of course, Liverpool will sweep Real aside and emerge victorious! Seriously, though, if we knew that we could all become overnight millionaires. Most of the bookmakers have Real as the warm favourites, quoting odds around the 8/11 mark, while Liverpool are at 11/10 or thereabouts. But with any final, form and odds only take you so far, and it all comes down to match day bottle and which team can handle the big event best.
What is the form?
The final might be in Ukraine, but psychologically, it is being held in Real’s back yard. This is their fourth final in five years, and they have held the trophy consistently since beating Atletico Madrid in the 2015/16 final.
Liverpool are no strangers to Champions League glory themselves. In fact, only Real and AC Milan have won more titles. However, we have to look back 11 years to their last final, when they lost to AC Milan. The last taste of glory was in 2004/05, and again, Milan were the opposition.
What do the managers say?
Jurgen Klopp reliably informs us that Liverpool will be “on fire” for the final. He knows that Real are the team that have been there and done it so many times, so they will have all the expectation on their shoulders. However, as Klopp told journalists, nobody pats you on the back and remembers you in the pages of history for coming close and then getting beaten.
Zinedine Zidane dismissed suggestions that Real are “expected” to win and that anything less might signal an uncertain future in view of Real’s disappointing form in domestic competition. Nevertheless, it cannot be denied that Real will be going into this fixture with the greater amount of pressure on them.
Who to watch on the field
You don’t reach the final of the Champions League without a solid team behind you, but if it comes down to identifying one to watch from each side, then Mohamed Salah and Cristiano Ronaldo are the individuals who could make a difference for their respective teams.
Statistically, they are neck and neck. Salah has scored 43 goals in all competitions this year to Ronaldo’s 42, while Ronaldo has the edge in Champions League goals, with 15 to Salah’s 11.