We are less than 30 days away from the final of the 2017-18 UEFA Champions League tournament. The final is featuring Real Madrid, the two-time defending champions, and Liverpool, who is in the final for the first time since 2007. Madrid is looking to become the first team in the Champions League era to win it all for the third straight time. The final is taking place on the 26th of this month and it’ll be in Kiev, Ukraine.
Madrid was on quite a journey to reach the final. They had to get past Paris Saint-Germain, Juventus, and Bayern Munich, all of whom were potential favorites to win it all. Madrid did have some controversial moments in their favor, regardless, they did have to fight tooth and nail to reach the final.
Liverpool also had their hands full as they faced insurmountable odds against Manchester City only to pull off a major upset to advance to the semifinals against AS Roma who scored an upset of the century by eliminating Barcelona. Liverpool managed to defeat Roma 7-6 on aggregates to book their ticket to the final.
The decision of picking who’s the favorite to win the title is very difficult. Both teams are dominant and are well-stocked with talent. The one thing both teams want to do is avoid underestimating each other as they’re both capable of anything. Throughout this entire tournament, we’ve seen that underestimating has led to shocking defeats and eliminations.
Realistically, the favorite has to be Madrid as they are the two-time defending champions and they’ve got a dangerous attack offense and a solid defense. The fact that they’ve won it all for two years straight means they’ve got the focus to do it again. However, Liverpool’s attack is a legitimate threat and it’s surely capable of wearing out Madrid’s defense and Liverpool’s defense is a bit solid, but does have weaknesses. Madrid needs to be able to spot thir weaknesses. Of course, Madrid’s defense has weaknesses, too, and Liverpool needs to find them and take advantage.
Both squads will have to work as a team. In other words, Mohamed Salah and Cristiano Ronaldo should not have to carry their teams to victory.