What’s going to be so special about this year’s 2019 Champions League final in Madrid?
New venue: Estadio Metropolitano
This year’s final will be staged at the Estadio Metropolitano in Madrid. As the new home of Atletico Madrid since 2017, this will be the first time the 67,000-capacity stadium has hosted a European final.
The last Champions League final to be held in the Spanish capital was in 2010 at Real Madrid’s Santiago Bernabeu.
The match will be held on Saturday 1 June, kicking off at 21:00 CET.
Tottenham Hotspur v Liverpool: All-English final
Two English teams go head to head in the Champions League final for only the second time in the competition’s history. The first time was back in 2008 when Manchester United and Chelsea faced each other at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.
Tottenham Hotspur will be competing in their first European Cup final in the club’s history after defeating Ajax in the semi-final. Last season they were eliminated by Juventus in the round of 16. Their best finish in the Champions League prior to this campaign was in the 2010-11 season when they were beaten in the quarter-final by Real Madrid.
Mauricio Pochettino has been in the Spurs manager seat since 2014 and has helped his club qualify for the last three consecutive Champions Leagues.
He will be hoping that his injured top goalscorer Harry Kane will be available for selection for the final. In the absence of his star striker, he may turn to semi-final hero Lucas Moura who helped Tottenham recover from 3-0 down on aggregate to Ajax with a stunning second-half hat-trick.
Five-time winners Liverpool will be competing in their ninth European Cup final on 1st June 2019. They last won the competition in 2005 and have since been defeated in two finals in 2007 and most recently last year’s final in Kiev. They will look to go one better this time around at the end of a record-breaking league season for the club which saw them amass 97 league points.
For Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, this will be his third taste of Champions League final action and he will be hoping it turns out to be third time lucky after losing last year’s final with the Reds and the 2013 final as manager of Borussia Dortmund.
The German boss has an almost fully-fit squad of players to choose from for the final, with only Naby Keita ruled out through injury.
Strikers Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah finished the Premier League season as joint-top goalscorers with 22 league goals each and will pose the main threat to Tottenham’s defence. They each have four goals to their name in season’s Champions League.
Are there any new rules for this year’s final?
The only difference to last year’s competition is the inclusion of the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) system, which has been in use since the round of 16 in this season’s tournament.
A team of three people located in a video operating room will use video replays to review the match referee’s live decisions on the pitch.
A refereeing decision can then be reviewed in one of two ways. The VAR team can either make a recommendation to the match referee, or the referee can request a review from the VAR team. This will then give the referee the opportunity to change a decision based on VAR’s advice, or after reviewing video footage via a pitchside monitor.
Four types of decisions can be reviewed using VAR: goals (and violations in the build-up to them), penalties, red cards, and mistaken identity in awarding a card.
Where can I watch the UEFA Champions League final: online or on TV?
UK viewers will be able to watch the Champions League final on BT Sport. The broadcaster allows subscribers the option to watch their Champions League coverage via BT TV, Sky, Virgin Media, and TalkTalk. You can also stream the match live on their website, via their app, and on YouTube.
For alternative worldwide TV broadcasters, keep an eye on UEFA’s dedicated page for updates here.
How much is a ticket for the UFEA Champions League final?
You can apply for tickets on the UEFA official website. Ticket applications are accepted between 14 March 2019, 14:00 CET – 21 March 2019, 14:00 CET. The prices below are for general admission tickets. Alternative packages are also available on the site.
|Category 1||€ 600|
|Category 2||€ 450|
|Category 3||€ 180|
|Category 4||€ 70|
|Youth Package *||€ 140|