There are 23 days to go until the Champions League Final, but Real Madrid and Liverpool find themselves in contrasting situations in the lead-up to the match.
Whilst Real Madrid have already wrapped up the LaLiga Santander title, Liverpool have two titles to compete for ahead of the Paris showpiece.
Los Blancos have four matches of the LaLiga Santander season remaining, starting with the short trip to face Atletico Madrid at the Wanda Metropolitano on Sunday night.
They entertain Levante next Thursday, before travelling to face Cadiz three days later, and welcome Real Betis to the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on the last day of the league campaign.
These all promise to be tough tests, with Atletico Madrid and Real Betis fighting for Champions League qualification, whilst Levante and Cadiz are fighting relegation.
Whilst the team need to maintain their excellent form ahead of the Champions League final, they will be able to rest players, which is a luxury that Liverpool do not have.
The Reds find themselves second in the Premier League table, just one point behind Manchester City.
They welcome Tottenham Hotspur to Anfield on Saturday night, before travelling to face Aston Villa on Tuesday night.
Jurgen Klopp’s side take on Southampton at St. Mary’s on May 17, before ending the season at home against Wolverhampton Wanderers on May 22.
Liverpool also have an FA Cup final to navigate on May 14 against Chelsea, who will be looking for revenge.
The two sides met in the Carabao Cup final at the end of February, and the match was decided by a 22-penalty shootout, and Kepa Arrizabalaga’s missed spot-kick saw The Reds collect their first silverware of the season.
Thanks to that achievement, as well as their position in the Premier League and two cup finals to look forward to, Liverpool are aiming for an unprecedented Quadruple.
The 2021/22 Champions League final will be played on Saturday, May 28 at 21:00 at the Stade de France in Saint Denis (Paris) between Real Madrid and Liverpool. The match will be televised by Movistar + and TVE.
Liverpool reached the final after eliminating Villarreal in the semi-finals, while Real Madrid do so by knocking out Manchester City.
Built to host the 1998 World Cup, it will be the third final to be played at the Stade de France.
The first was in 2000 between Valencia and Real Madrid, which was won by Real Madrid. The other was in 2006, when Barcelona beat Arsenal. It also hosted the final, among other matches, of Euro 2016.
The match was due to be played at the Gazprom Arena in St. Petersburg, but Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has prompted UEFA to change the venue.
It will be the third final between the two teams. The first was in 1981 in Paris at the Parc des Princes. Liverpool won 1-0. The last was in 2018, in Kyiv, where Los Blancos won 3-1.
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The Champions League final will be played on Saturday, May 28 at 21:00 at the Stade de France in Paris.
Real Madrid will face Liverpool in the Champions League final in Paris, which has led many social media users to recall Gareth Bale’s man-of-the-match display in the final between the two teams in 2018.
The Welshman came off the bench in Kyiv, Ukraine, to net a brace and lead Los Blancos to a 3-1 win and their third consecutive Champions League trophy under Zinedine Zidane.
“Bale is an animal when he wants to [be],” wrote one user.
“Doesn’t matter who is the goalkeeper.”
Bale’s goals against Liverpool
Bale netted one of the best goals in Champions League history to restore Real Madrid’s lead in the second half. Los Blancos had previously opened the scoring through Karim Benzema before Sadio Mane netted an equaliser.
“He’ll be coming in the 80th minute and scoring a hat-trick,” said another user.
Liverpool pushed for a second and even hit the woodwork before Bale scored a stunning bicycle kick to make it 2-1. The Welshman scored a third after a huge howler from Loris Karius.
“I always try to put a bit of wobble on the ball,” Bale told the Daily Mail back in 2018.
“It’s the same with free-kicks. You try to make it more difficult because if it doesn’t go in the corner I always give them a problem if it’s right down their throat.