The last 12 months have been phenomenal for English soccer and that has reached a crescendo. For the first time ever, both the Champions League Final and the Europa League Final will pit English teams against one another. When Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur meet on June 1, it will be only the second time the Champions League Final has been an all-England affair. The previous meeting pitted Manchester United and Chelsea against one another, with United emerging victorious in penalties.
Don’t miss the Champions League Final from the Wanda Metropolitano in Madrid, Spain at 3 p.m. ET on Saturday, June 1, 2019. Catch every moment of the match live on TNT and Univision Deportes.
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Tottenham Hotspur +286
How They Got Here
Both teams pulled off minor miracles to reach the Champions League Final. Liverpool were behind the eight ball from the very beginning. They were drawn into the Group of Death and only barely edged Napoli for the second spot in the group despite failing to win a road game. The Reds were done no favors in the next round, being drawn against Bayern Munich, but they won in Germany to advance. Liverpool finally made the most of an easier match-up against Porto in the Quarterfinals, but they were up against it after losing the first leg of their semifinal bout with Barcelona 3-0. Jurgen Klopp’s club gave us a match for the ages, winning 4-0 despite both Mo Salah and Roberto Firmino missing the match due to injury.
Tottenham Hotspur looked like they would be knocked out of the Champions League in the Group Stage. Spurs had just one point through their first three matches, but they drew Barcelona on the last day to put themselves in position to advance after Inter Milan drew at home with lowly PSV. They put together a dominant performance against Borussia Dortmund in the Round of 16, and then they followed that up with a stunning upset of Manchester City in a two-leg thriller. That paled in comparison to what we saw in Amsterdam on Wednesday though, as Spurs advanced on away goals following a Lucas Moura goal six minutes into injury time.
Champions League History
These are both English teams, but they have very different pedigrees in European football. Liverpool have been the most dominant English club in international play. The Reds have won five Champions League titles and they have finished runner-up three additional times. Four of their titles came in an eight-year stretch in the late 1970s and early 1980s, but they won their most recent title in 2005. That was a thriller as Liverpool erased a three-goal deficit in a span of seven minutes before winning in injury time.
Spurs have no real Champions League history. They have won the Europa League twice, and they beat Atletico Madrid for the UEFA Cup Winners Cup back in 1963, but it’s been 35 years since their last international trophy. This is only their fifth appearance in the European Cup/Champions League.
The superstars for both teams are desperate to be fit before the final in three weeks. Mo Salah is very likely to play after sitting out the second leg with a concussion. Salah has been Liverpool’s talisman for the last two seasons, and he needs to be in the lineup for Liverpool to be at their best.
Liverpool will also be without Naby Keita after he ruptured a tendon, and Roberto Firmino is a potential doubt with a groin injury.
Harry Kane is rushing to return from an ankle injury. Kane has had an injury-plagued season, but there’s no doubt he is Spurs best player and makes their attack deadly. Jan Vertonghen, Davinson Sanchez, Harry Winks, and Serge Aurier are potential injury doubts.
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