The 2019 UEFA Champions League final is set. Liverpool will meet Tottenham in Madrid on June 1st. This will be the second time in history where the Champions League final features two English Clubs. First time since 2008 when Manchester United met Chelsea. Furthermore, for the first time since 2013, the Champions League final will not feature a Spanish club.
32 began. Two remain.
Tottenham vs. Liverpool is the Champions League final 🏆 pic.twitter.com/GiWZQMuX9t
— B/R Football (@brfootball) May 8, 2019
Liverpool is the first English club to reach the final in back-to-back years since M. United did so in 2008 and 2009. Jürgen Klopp is determined to avenge his club’s loss last year in the final and led them to their first Champions League title since 2005. Tottenham, on the other hand, is looking to be crowned winners of the Champions League for the first time.
After suffering a 3-0 loss in the first leg to Barcelona, Liverpool seemed to have very little to no chance of pulling it off. Coming into the second leg at home, Liverpool had to play without Mohamed Salah and Firmino. Liverpool needed two things to come from behind and advance; a clean sheet and four-goal regulation score in their favor. Liverpool couldn’t allow Barcelona to score as it would only increase their aggregate lead via the away goals rule. The Reds simply took control of the pitch and decided to challenge Barcelona. Barcelona couldn’t live up to it resulting in their elimination.
Coming up short at home in the first leg against Ajax, Tottenham dug themselves into a hole. Trailing 2-0 at halftime of the second leg, Tottenham seemed to be buried. However, thanks to a hat-trick by Lucas Moura, Tottenham roared back, thus winning via away goals. Tottenham is the first club to come from two goals behind in a Champions League semifinal since M. United did it in 1999.
THAT feeling when you reach your first-ever #UCLfinal!
— UEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) May 8, 2019
Tottenham and Liverpool both have one more Premier League match to play. Liverpool may be crowned the Premier League champions provided Manchester City does not win their final game. However, at this point, the Premier League title ought to be the last thing on the mind of both clubs. They have a bigger and more important title to concentrate on.