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5 likely scenarios in this year's final

May 24th 2022, 5:56:45 pm

The main storyline for the upcoming final has focused on it being a replay of the 2018 edition, where Real Madrid won their 13th Champions League trophy. It is difficult to tell how a high stakes game like this could play out, but that is why you have Pulse Sports.

Real Madrid and Liverpool will meet for the second time in 4 years in Saturday's Champions League final

Here are five ways the Champions League final could play out:

One fact that would undoubtedly make the final a more special is that either team stands a chance to win a treble. Real Madrid stormed to the La Liga title, and in doing so, Carlo Ancelotti added another feather to his prestigious cap, winning all five of Europe’s top leagues.

The 13-time Champions League winners also added the Spanish Super Cup to their trophy cabinet earlier, following a 2-0 win over Athletic Bilbao in Saudi Arabia.

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Despite a 3-1 win over Wolves on the final day of the Premier League season, Liverpool saw their quadruple hopes vanish, thanks to an inspired five-minute spell by Ilkay Gundogan, which helped Manchester City reclaim their trophy from Liverpool.

With the FA Cup and Carabao Cup, Jurgen Klopp and his men can use Sunday’s disappointment to inspire a memorable night for the Anfield faithful.

Cult heroes often emerge from the most unlikely places, as nobody can predict what could endear a player to their fanbase. With Divock Origi, the argument is straightforward because the Belgian forward has a knack for scoring important goals.

In the Champions League, he scored a brace to help Liverpool overturn a3-0 first-leg loss to Barcelona in 2019. Then, against Tottenham Hotspur, Origi scored the only goal in the final to win Liverpool its sixth Champions League title.

A major talking point from the 2018 final was the injury to Mohamed salah. Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos was man-marking Salah, and while competing for a ball, the tough-tackling Spaniard left Salah in a squirming pile on the field.

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Salah suffered a dislocated shoulder and had to be substituted four minutes later, leaving the pitch in tears for current Brighton midfielder Adam Lallana.

In another scintillating season on the right-wing, the dangerous Egyptian forward has scored 31 goals and contributed 16 assists in all competitions as Liverpool looked to seal an unprecedented quadruple.

If 2018 still haunts Salah, the Real Madrid defenders will need to be in top form to deny the forward, who looks nearly unstoppable on his day.

Shouldering the expectation of being one of the chief creators for the team while occupying a sensitive position like fullback is not an easy task, but Trent Alexander-Arnold often pulls his weight.

Alexander-Arnold wins most duels but has struggled against players like Arsenal winger Gabriel Martinelli whose direct running and agility left the right back chasing shadows. One could argue that fellow Brazilian Vinicius Junior would be a real handful for the England International.

Vinicius has become a revelation under the management of Carlo Ancelotti, contributing 20 goals and 21 assists for Real Madrid in all competitions.

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No fewer than five players in this fixture have scored at least five goals in the UEFA Champions League this season, including competition leader Karim Benzema who has 15. Liverpool has a talismanic winger of their own, with Mohamed Salah paving the way to the finals with 12 goals so far.

Carlo Ancelotti’s direct wing play has shown that goals can and will be scored even in the most unlikely moments, showing Manchester City and Chelsea before them that a comeback is always in the cards.

In Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool, Real Madrid has a fierce opponent that presses relentlessly, with many dangerous attackers like Sadio mane, Luis Diaz and Diogo Jota.

Egyptian winger Mohamed Salah is hungry for a chance to punish Real Madrid for the 2018 final, while Gareth Bale could be looking to replicate that stunning performance as the ultimate farewell to the historic Spanish side.

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