Published On: Sat, May 26th, 2018

Champions League final primer: Everything you need to know

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Get ready for the Champions League final with theScore’s comprehensive preview package.

How to watch

  • Who: Real Madrid vs. Liverpool
  • Where: NSC Olimpiyskiy (Kyiv, Ukraine)
  • When: Saturday, May 26 (2:45 p.m. ET)
  • TV: FOX Sports (United States), TSN (Canada), BT Sport 2 (U.K.)

Analysis


Tactical battles:

Individuals:

A dip into the archive


By the numbers

Real Madrid Liverpool
8-2-2 Record 7-4-1
30 Goals 40
15 Goals against 13
89% Pass completion 84%
7 Shots on target per game 7.4
11.9 Shots allowed per game 11
Ronaldo (15) Top scorer Salah & Firmino (10)

Related – Standout statistics as continental giants set to clash in Kyiv

What they’re saying

Jurgen Klopp: “They don’t hang silver medals at Melwood. There’s still a job to do but that’s how it is. Going to a final is really nice but winning is even nicer.”


Cristiano Ronaldo: “(Mohamed Salah) plays with the left, I play with the right, I’m tall, he’s a little bit shorter. I play with my head, you know – we are completely different. But I have to say he has had a fantastic season, but Saturday, let’s see.” (ESPN)

Mohamed Salah: “It doesn’t matter who scores. Winning games, getting points, that’s the most important thing for us because as you can see, I’ve scored 10 goals in the Champions League, Sadio nine, Firmino 10, so all of us are the same.

“None of us is selfish or only wants to score. We try to help each other to score goals.”


Toni Kroos: “My experience of (Klopp) is it is always tough to play his teams. When we played against his team, it was difficult. We always had a lot of problems against Dortmund. Always.

“That is what I expect on Saturday also. His teams are always aggressive, they press you a lot – for 90 minutes. They are highly motivated.” (AFP)

(Photos courtesy: Getty Images)



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