The 2019 UEFA Champions League final will take place at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium tonight, as Premier League sides Tottenham and Liverpool go head-to-head for European glory.
Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool FC square off in the second all-English European final of the week, while Europa League winners Chelsea await their opponent in the UEFA Super Cup at the start of the next season.
Both teams booked their place at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium after sensational comebacks against Ajax and Barcelona in the semi-finals.
The Spurs will play their first-ever Champions League final, reaching it in with the very last kick in the semi-final encounter against Ajax.
They were 3-0 down on aggregate with 45 minutes to play, when Brazilian striker Lucas Moura took matters into his own hands, netting a hat-trick to win the tie on away goals for Tottenham Hotspur.
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) June 1, 2019
Their coach, Mauricio Pochettino will be looking to win his first major honor as a manager. He has reached his second final with the Spurs, after losing 2-0 to Chelsea in the 2015 Football League Cup Final.
“The most important thing is to be free. To play like when you were young, a child, seven, eight, nine years old and you feel freedom,” Pochettino said via UEFA.
“The key is not to think there’s one billion people watching you. Tomorrow is about winning. We want to write history in football.
“We know very well what we need to do. Liverpool are a great team, Jürgen is a very successful manager. I admire him a lot. To arrive in the third personal final of the Champions League is chapeau and congratulations.”
Road to the Final:
- Group stage: Tottenham vs Inter (1-2 and 1-0); vs Barcelona (2-4 and 1-1); vs PSV (2-2 and 2-1)
- Round of 16: Tottenham 4-0 Borussia Dortmund (3-0 and 1-0)
- Quarter-finals: Tottenham 4-4 (a) Manchester City (1-0 and 3-4)
- Semi-finals: Tottenham 3-3 (a) Ajax (0-1 and 3-2)
Harry Kane is Tottenham Hotspur’s major injury concern for the most important game in the entire history of the football club.
The England captain missed the last two months of the season, after suffering ligament damage to his left ankle in the quarter-final first leg against Manchester City. However, he is excepted to be in the starting line-up tonight.
Liverpool, already the most successful English club in the competition, will be looking to win their sixth European crown at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium tonight.
The Reds reached back-to-back Champions League finals turning around a three-goal deficit in the semi-finals against Barcelona. They suffered a 3-1 defeat to Real Madrid last season, in a game which saw Loris Karius make two blunders and practically hand the trophy to the Spanish giants.
🔴🔴 WE ARE LIVERPOOL 🔴🔴
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) June 1, 2019
Jurgen Klopp is still trying to win his first European trophy as a manager, having lost in two Champions League finals in 2013 and 2018, as well as the 2016 Europa League final.
“Finals are always different – you come with a different team, the circumstances are always different,” he said via UEFA.
“If I was the reason for losing six finals in a row, then everyone needs to worry! But that’s not the case.
“In the last seven years at least I’m probably the world record holder in winning semi-finals. If I was to write a book about it, probably nobody would buy it. It’s a real football final. Now we both have to deal with that because it makes it really intense.”
Road to the Final:
- Group stage: Liverpool vs PSG (3-2 and 1-2); vs Napoli (0-1 and 1-0); vs Red Star Belgrade (4-0 and 0-2)
- Round of 16: Liverpool 3-1 Bayern Munich (0-0 and 3-1)
- Quarter-finals: Liverpool 6-1 Porto (2-0 and 4-1)
- Semi-finals: Liverpool 4-3 Barcelona (0-3 and 4-0)
Naby Keita is the only Liverpool player who will miss the Champions League final, due to an adductor injury.
Forward Roberto Firmino is fit following a groin injury, although Klopp did not confirm whether the Brazilian would start tonight’s game.
Tottenham have won three European trophies in their history – the UEFA Cup in 1972 and 1984, as well as the 1963 UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup. However, this is going to be their debut in a Champions League final.
Liverpool are five times European champions, having won their last Champions League trophy back in 2005. They’ve lost their two finals though – in 2007 to AC Milan and in 2018 against Real Madrid.
This is going to be the second all-English final, after the 2008 encounter between Manchester United and Chelsea at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.
Spurs are the 40th club to reach a European final, and the first newcomers since Chelsea in 2008. They could become the 23rd side to win the European Cup.
Sadio Mane, who scored Liverpool’s only goal in the 3-1 defeat to Real Madrid could become the eighth player to score in more than one UEFA Champions League final.
Tottenham and Liverpool met in the Premier League twice this season, with Jurgen Klopp’s boys winning both ties with the same result, 2-1.