2022 UEFA Champions League Final: Breakdown and Selected Winner for Liverpool vs. Real Madrid

2022 UEFA Champions League Final: Breakdown and Selected Winner for Liverpool vs. Real Madrid

 

    • What: The 2022 UEFA Champions League Final between the English club Liverpool and Spanish club Real Madrid
    • When: Saturday, May 28, 2022
    • Where: Stade de France, Saint-Denis

In what will be the 67th season of Europe’s premier club football tournament organized by UEFA, the 2022 Champions League Final will feature a clash of two titans. In one corner stands Liverpool F.C., who are the 2019 UEFA Champions League winners (they have won six times since 1977). Opposing them will be Real Madrid, who notched four titles in five years in the 2010s (2014 and 2016-18). Certainly two impressive squads; this should be another classic showdown to crown the newest Champions League victor. 

Here, CBS will go over what to look for from each squad, how they got here and who will ultimately take home the hardware as the next Champions League victor. 

Team Spotlight: Liverpool FC

Featuring the likes of strikers Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino, Liverpool has a ton of talent on their roster. Salah was fourth in the Champions League in goals scored this season, with eight in 918 minutes played. Though the squad did not feature a ton of individual standout performances this season outside of the striker, their team chemistry willed them to victory when it mattered most. During the group stage of the Champions League season, Liverpool notched a perfect record of 6-0 to go along with an impressive +11 goal differential (for comparison, the second-place squad in Group B had a -1 differential). 

After advancing to the knockout phase of the season, Liverpool glided past their opponents. In the round of 16, they notched a thrilling 2-1 victory over Inter Milan and then were able to blast past Benfica with a 6-4 win in the quarter-finals. Finally, in the semi-finals, they were able to easily trounce Villarreal and advance to their first Champions League Final since 2019. Though Real Madrid might have star power, it was actually Liverpool who had an overall more impressive team showcase in the knockout round thanks to a +6 goal differential. This is juxtaposed with Real Madrid winning by one goal in each of their knockout phase contests. 

Team Spotlight: Real Madrid

One of the most well-known squads in the world, Real Madrid heads into this Champions League Final with a star-studded lineup. The club is spearheaded by the Champions League’s leading goalscorer, Karim Benzema, who had 15 goals during this season. Madrid also has a duo of fantastic assist-makers with Vinícius Júnior (six assists on the season, second overall) and Luka Modrić (four assists, fifth overall) leading the way. A brilliant squad, Real Madrid also employs defenseman Marcelo as their captain, who is the heart and soul of their defensive flank. 

Prior to this Champions League Final duel with Liverpool, Madrid had some classic battles in the knockout phase of the tournament. In their opening matchup with Paris Saint-Germain, Madrid was able to score three goals in the second half and eventually knock off PSG. In the next round against Chelsea, the Spanish club was able to hold off a late Chelsea rally and again hold on to a one-score victory. Finally, against Manchester City in the semi-finals, the club again rallied late to notch a 6-5 victory Manchester. With its penchant for late-game heroics, it would appear that you can never count out Real Madrid even when the chips are down. 

Prediction: With another classic Champions League Final on tap, this game will go down to the wire. Though this will be close, Liverpool has been more dominant as of late, and this should give them the edge in the Champions League Final

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