Champions League Final: Michael Owen’s View4 min read
It didn’t look like it after the 1st leg of the semi-finals, but Saturday’s Champions League Final will be only the second all-English European Cup/Champions League Final when Liverpool and Spurs go head-to-head in Madrid.
Once again Brand Ambassador Michael Owen shared his thoughts on the big game exclusively with BetVictor.
Spurs v Liverpool
Liverpool were, arguably, fortunate to do the double over Spurs in the Premier League last season given it took a 90th minute Toby Alderweireld own goal to keep the points on Merseyside when the sides met at Anfield at the end of March.
Both league games between the sides in the 2018/19 campaign finished 2-1 to the Reds and it would not surprise me if the final score in the Spanish capital at the weekend mirrored those results.
Spurs have done magnificently to reach the Final. Any side good enough to beat Manchester City over two legs are worthy finalists but the spirit, desire and class they showed in that memorable second half in Amsterdam was truly remarkable.
Liverpool – roared on by their 12th man – might have been missing Roberto Firmino and Mohammed Salah in the second leg of their own semi-final but they bullied and ultimately broke the heart and spirit of Barcelona with their pace and controlled aggression at Anfield. Even the most fervent Barca supporter will tell you the Catalan giants were flattered by the result in the 1st leg and, make no mistake, Liverpool were worthy winners over the two legs.
Harry Kane reported earlier in the week that he is fit for the Final although I would expect Mauricio Pochettino to start his star striker on the bench in lieu of his lack of match fitness. That said, you could say the same thing about both teams who start in Madrid given it will be just shy of 20 days since the clubs played their last PL game of the season. Too long? I wonder although at least it is a level playing field on Saturday.
Tottenham striker Harry Kane says he is "ready to go" in Saturday's #ChampionsLeague final against Liverpool.
— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) May 28, 2019
Liverpool have lost their last four Cup Finals, but I don’t think that will count a jot in the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium. This Liverpool team have come of age. They probably weren’t quite ready in Kiev 12 months ago – but they are now. Let’s hope Spurs going forward have their own day in the sun. They, too, deserve it.
It is forecast to be 29 degrees at kick-off on Saturday and some will argue it will be difficult for the Reds to maintain their high and intense pressing game in that heat. I don’t agree but I don’t think it will be as easy for Liverpool as some are predicting.
Jurgen Klopp has lost two Champions League Finals; his Borussia Dortmund side lost 2-1 to Bayern Munich at Wembley in 2013 and his Liverpool side lost 3-1 to a Gareth Bale inspired Real Madrid in the Ukraine 12 months ago.
Forget third time lucky – this is the Reds’ time.
Liverpool to win in 90 minutes
Liverpool to win and both teams to score
Liverpool to win and over 2.5 goals