The Champions League final Spurs v Liverpool
The Champions League final is only 10 days away now and we cannot wait. Liverpool and Tottenham have not played a match since two weekends ago when the Premier League finished. It is quite a strange situation for the two teams to have three weeks off to prepare. In one way it is good as the players will be fresh and not tired, however, on the other hand, it could be a negative as players are not as sharp or match fit. Liverpool have gone on a warm-weather training in Marbella in order to try to solve this problem.
Liverpool are the more experienced team of the two when it comes to European football. This is their 9th Champions League final, with 5 of their previous 8 finals ending in victory. In the last 15 years alone, they have been in three finals although they lost two of them. However, almost all of the Liverpool squad was in the final last season and will have some experience from this. Tottenham on the other hand, have never been in a Champions League final until this season. This is uncharted territory for them and for many of their players, this will be the biggest match of their career.
Liverpool will be boosted by the fact that Firminho is back in training and looks like he will be ready for the final. Apart from that, there are no major injuries in the squad and Klopp will be looking to take all his senior players, especially since Uefa changed the laws for the final, that there can be 12 players on the bench. This gives both managers extra space to have some players that might not have made it otherwise. This will be beneficial for Pochettino as he is not sure whether Kane will be fully fit or not. Kane is nearing a return, but the final could be a little too soon for him to start as he will also not be match fit. That is why having him on the bench will be useful to see how the game goes and if he isn’t fully fit, he can still put him on for the last 10 minutes if needed.