Chelsea’s official reign as Champions of Europe is set to end tonight, with either Liverpool or Real Madrid taking home the Big Ears trophy. Madrid have won four of the last five meetings between the two clubs, including the 2018 final (3-1).
In addition to denying the Reds a cup treble, Real can also give (currently once again injured) Eden Hazard (and also Thibaut Courtois) their long-desired European crown. Meanwhile, Carlo Ancelotti can win it for a record fourth time, having done so twice with AC Milan (2003, 2007) and once with Real (2014). Uncle Carlo did lose the 2005 final to Liverpool in Istanbul, in one of the more remarkable comebacks in Champions League history. (And with Liverpool only in the final because of their ghost goal against Chelsea in the semis.)
So, you know, ¡Hala Madrid!
Liverpool starting lineup:
Courtois | Carvajal, Militão, Alaba, Mendy | Casemiro, Kroos | Modric, Valverde, Vinícius | Benzema (c)
Substitutes from: Lunin, Nacho, Hazard, Asensio, Marcelo, Lucas Vázquez, Bale, Dani Ceballos, Rodrygo, Isco, Mariano, Camavinga
Real Madrid starting lineup:
Allison | Alexander-Arnold, Konaté, Van Dijk, Robertson | Henderson (c), Fabinho, Thiago | Mané, Salah, Díaz
Substitutes from: Kelleher, Milner, Keita, Firmino, Gomez, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Jones, Minamino, Jota, Tsimikas, Matip, Elliott
Date / Time: Saturday, May 28, 2022, 20.00 BST; 3pm EDT; 12:30am IST (next day)
Venue: Stade de France, Paris, France
Referee: Clément Turpin (on pitch); Jérôme Brisard (VAR)
Forecast: Mild but breezy
On TV: BT Sport 1 (UK); CBS, Univision (USA); Sony TEN 2 (India); SuperSport MaXimo 2 (NGA); elsewhere
Streaming: BT Sport Live (UK); Paramount+, TUDN, Univision Now (USA); Sony LIV (India); DStv Now (NGA)
Be excellent to each other, and party on, dudes!