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Pochettino claims £142million duo are the reason Liverpool are favourites to win the UCL

Pochettino claims £142million duo are the reason Liverpool are favourites to win the UCL – originally posted on Sportslens.com

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Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur will clash in an all-English Champions League final at the Wanda Metropolitano on June 1, and there is a lot to play for.

The Reds will hope to go one better this time around and win the game after losing 3-1 to Real Madrid in last season’s final, while Spurs will be keen to win their first ever European final.

Liverpool narrowly missed out on the English Premier League title to Manchester City by a point, and securing the Champions League trophy will help manager Jurgen Klopp’s side make up for the disappointment.

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino believes the Anfield outfit are favourites to win the final due to their recent spending power and huge investments, citing their £142million acquisitions of centre-back Virgil van Dijk and goalkeeper Alisson as an example.

“It is essential to know what our objective is…our plan was not to win the Champions League even if it sounds hard, our plan was to finish the stadium,” Pochettino told Cadena Ser, as quoted by Diario AS.

“The final? Liverpool are the favourites because they have invested a lot of money, they have signed a goalkeeper and a £75million defender. Liverpool’s plan is to win the Champions League and Premier League. Tottenham’s plan is to make the best season in history.

“We are enjoying the journey a lot, it helps that the preparation plan is three weeks from the end of the Premier League, because the players have bought into the plan and the ideas.”

Liverpool snapped up the Brazilian goalkeeper for £67million last summer, and his huge influence and quality, alongside Van Dijk’s have made the Reds a side to reckon with domestically and on the continent.

Spurs suffered a 2-1 loss at the hands of Klopp’s men both home and away in the Premier League campaign, and it will be exciting to see how they fare in their third meeting of the season.

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2019 UEFA Champions League Final: Liverpool vs Tottenham Hotspur

2019 UEFA Champions League Final: Liverpool vs Tottenham Hotspur – originally posted on Sportslens.com

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The 2019 UEFA Champions League Final will be an all-English clash as Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur go head-to-head at the Wanda Metropolitano, Madrid, on Saturday, June 1.

INTRODUCTION TO THE CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FINAL

This is the 64th season of Europe’s top club football tournament and the 27th since it was rebranded the UEFA Champions League.

Liverpool will be appearing in their ninth final overall and second in a row having been defeated 3-1 by Real Madrid last year.

Spurs haven’t reached a major European final since beating Anderlecht 4-2 on penalties in the UEFA Cup back in 1984.

The two sides met twice in the Premier League this season, with Liverpool winning both games by a 2-1 scoreline.

ROUTE TO THE CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FINAL

Liverpool

  • Pool Stage – Finished second in Group C, winning three and drawing three of their six games
  • Round of 16 – Bayern Munich – 3-1 on aggregate
  • Quarter-finals – Porto – 6-1 on aggregate
  • Semi-finals – Barcelona – 4-3 on aggregate

Liverpool were unimpressive during the opening round, but eventually secured qualification to the knockout stage with a 1-0 home victory over Napoli in their final match.

They were held 0-0 by Bayern at Anfield in their first leg of their round of 16 tie, before producing a stylish away performance to triumph 3-1 in the reverse fixture.

The Reds comfortably disposed of Porto in the quarter-finals to book their place in what turned out to be an epic tie in the last four against Barcelona.

The La Liga giants won 3-0 at home, but Liverpool roared back at Anfield to record a memorable 4-3 aggregate success.

Tottenham Hotspur

  • Pool Stage – Finished second in Group B, winning two and drawing two of their six games
  • Round of 16 – Borussia Dortmund – 4-0 on aggregate
  • Quarter-finals – Manchester City – 4-4 on aggregate (Spurs win on away goals)
  • Semi-finals – Ajax – 3-3 on aggregate (Spurs win on away goals)

Spurs lost their first two games in Group B, but battled back to secure a place in the last 16 with a 1-1 draw at Barcelona in Game Week 6.

They blitzed past Dortmund in the round of 16, before producing two excellent performances to see off Man City in the quarter-finals.

After winning the first leg 1-0, Spurs went toe-to-toe with City at the Etihad Stadium and progressed courtesy of Fernando Llorente’s 73rd minute goal.

Spurs pulled off a great escape in the semi-final against Ajax, with Lucas Moura’s hat-trick in the second leg ensuring they recovered from a three-goal deficit.

KEY CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FINAL STATISTICS

The two sides last met in Europe back in 1972/73, with Liverpool winning on away goals in the semi-finals of the UEFA Cup.

The Reds have won seven and drawn eight of their previous 20 meetings with English sides in European competitions.

Spurs have faced English clubs on eight previous occasions in Europe, winning four and drawing one of those games.

Liverpool have lost just one of the teams’ last 14 meetings dating back to the start of 2013, winning nine.

The two clubs have met 170 times in all competitions, with the Reds winning 79 to Spurs’ 48. There have been 43 draws.

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FINAL MATCH RULES

  • 90 minutes.
  • 30 minutes extra-time if necessary.
  • Penalty shoot-out if scores still level.
  • 12 named substitutes.
  • Maximum of three substitutions, with a fourth allowed in extra-time.

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FINAL TEAM NEWS

Roberto Firmino should have enough time to recover from a groin strain, with the Liverpool star absent since appearing as a substitute against Barcelona when he wasn’t fully fit.

Naby Keita suffered a thigh injury in the first leg against Barca and he will definitely miss the final.

Spurs’ main injury worry is striker Harry Kane. The England captain was rumoured to be close to a return against Ajax and could be in the squad for the final.

Jan Vertonghen, Danny Rose, Davinson Sanchez and Harry Winks all face a battle to be fit to face Liverpool.

HOW TO WATCH THE CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FINAL

The match will be broadcast live on BT Sport 2 and is expected to be made free-to-air for non-subscribers. You can watch the Champions League Final live online as well.

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