Football: Liverpool – Real Madrid, a final at the gates of history

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All ingredients, sporty and symbolic, are there. The results of the Champions League (kick-off at 9 p.m.) are ready to reach new heights.

The tunics from Saturday’s great shock.

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The big clubs are eternal, and the poster of Liverpool – Real Madrid, two of the most successful teams in the world, offers a stunning Champions League final this Saturday (9pm) at the Stade de France, in Saint-Denis, among the fervor of the supporters and strict police surveillance.

Karim Benzema against Sadio Mane, Carlo Ancelotti against Jürgen Klopp, Mohamed Salah’s revenge, tens of thousands of fans arriving in the French capital from England and Spain: everything is ready for “the most important match in the world of football”, according to the Italian. says coach.

The “White House” can extend its incredible record with a 14th win, and the “Reds” capture a seventh, joining AC Milan in second place among the European giants. Liverpool – Real will be the first poster to be played three times in the C1 final, but this classic is very modern: in addition to the heritage issue between two football decals, the final will also have to see the duel for the Ballon d’Or between Karim Benzema de Madrid and the “red” Sadio Mane. The winner would become the firm favorite for the prestigious individual award.

“Benz” has sublimated Real this season in C1, with 15 achievements, also winning the 35th title of Spanish champion of Madrid and France’s first coronation in the League of Nations. Mane missed the Premier League by one point, was knocked out by Manchester City but won both England domestic cups and led Senegal to their first Africa Cup of Nations on 6 February against partner Mohamed’s Egypt Salah (0-0, 4 tab to 3). The latter, another Ballon d’Or candidate, had to give up the previous Real-Liverpool final (3-1), in 2018, injured after a muscular intervention by Sergio Ramos.

A beautiful more than a revenge

So if Klopp “doesn’t think wanting revenge is a terrible idea,” his team-mate and captain Jordan Henderson can understand, “from the point of view of mo

“I am very motivated, fully motivated after what happened to Madrid last time,” Salah warned. I remember coming out after about 30 minutes. It was the worst moment of my career. I was really demoralized then.” Rather than a revenge, it’s a nice one, as Liverpool had won the first final (1-0) at the Parc des Princes in 1981, at a time when the Stade de France did not yet exist. .

Mohamed Salah, the story within the story.

Mohamed Salah, the story within the story.

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Paris has not seen so many football fans since Euro 2016. In total, 6,800 police officers, gendarmes and firefighters are mobilized by the Paris police to ensure the safety of the match, in view of the 30,000 to 40,000 supporters of the “Reds “who could land in the capital without a ticket.

The English club has also set up its own “fan zone” on the Cours de Vincennes side. The duel between the legendary white jerseys and the mythical red tunics is not only a piece of history, it is also football news. This is the third final in five years for Liverpool FC, crowned in 2019; the fifth in nine years for the “White House”, which signed a lavish hat-trick from 2016 to 2018.

Ancelotti-Klopp duel

The final also offers a great coaching duel. Twice hapless finalists, with Dortmund in 2013 and Liverpool in 2018, German Jürgen Klopp learned to win the following year. On the other bench, the Italian “Mister” Carlo Ancelotti, who directs his men with an eyebrow movement, is a major specialist in the event, which he has already won three times, with AC Milan (2003, 2007) and on a first visit to Madrid (2014). He also won it twice as a player.

Carlo Ancelotti, the man who directs his men with a raised eyebrow.

Carlo Ancelotti, the man who directs his men with a raised eyebrow.

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However, a final against Liverpool also reminds him of the worst memory of his career: in 2005, his Milan led 3-0 at halftime before being reinstated in six minutes by the Reds and losing on penalties (3-3, 3-2 on tabs).

But this season it is the Real of “Carletto” that has specialized in fantastic comebacks. Regularly, the residents of Madrid dominated the lawn at every turn and went to the “grinta” every time. They swallowed PSG (0-1, 3-1), pushed Chelsea (3-1, 2-3 ap) and knocked them over – in two minutes! – Manchester City (3-4, 3-1 et).

With the added bonus of a stunning storyline, this finale would really go down in history.

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