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Mourinho names two key players for Champions League final

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Jose Mourinho has named Liverpool and Tottenham’s key players ahead of Saturday’s Champions League final in Madrid.

Mourinho knows first-hand just how tough both Liverpool and Spurs are upon facing them in the Premier League at Manchester United and Chelsea down the years.

Both clubs have impressed on route to the Champions League final in Madrid having overcome unfavourable odds against the likes of Barcelona and Ajax.

And now two-time winner Mourinho has named Liverpool centre-back Virgil van Dijk and Spurs playmaker Christian Eriksen as the two men to watch out for this weekend.

On who he would pick to make a decisive impact, Mourinho told Eleven Sports: “If I had to choose one, fundamentally in this last phase of growth, it would be Van Dijk.

“For Tottenham, because they made the final without Harry Kane, I would say Eriksen.”

History is in Liverpool’s favour, with four wins in their last six encounters against Spurs. Two of them came in the Premier League this season.

The Reds will also be able to count on the experience of having reached last season’s Champions League final, which ended in a 3-1 defeat to Real Madrid.

But Mourinho reckons it would be unwise to name a favourite between Liverpool and Spurs.

“I always say that the team that had something extraordinary on their way to the final is the team that is a little further ahead,’ said Mourinho.

“The curious thing about this final is that the two arrive in an absolutely incredible way.

“They arrive there almost like titans, completely convinced that they are going to destroy their rival, it has everything to be a final with two teams completely convinced that ‘the trophy is mine’.”

The final between Spurs and Liverpool will be played at Atletico Madrid’s Wanda Metropolitano. Kick-off will begin at 21:00 (CET) on Saturday.

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MADRID, SPAIN – FEBRUARY 09: General view inside the stadium prior to the La Liga match between Club Atletico de Madrid and Real Madrid CF at Wanda Metropolitano on February 09, 2019 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)