Tottenham and Liverpool will square off on the 1st of June at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium in Madrid for the honour of being crowned Champions of Europe. Both teams defied the odds in the second legs of their respective semifinals by staging fantastic comebacks to book a place in Madrid.
Both teams will also have key players back for the final, and will thus go into it confident of turning the other side over. Neither Mauricio Pochettino nor Jurgen Klopp has won a trophy at Spurs and Liverpool respectively, and so one of them is now about to break their duck by landing the big one next Saturday.
While Tottenham have challenged for the title and come close on a couple of occasions under the stewardship of Mauricio Pochettino, Liverpool too have come on leaps and bounds under their German manager.
The Reds registered 97 points in the Premier League this season, a club record but still failed to win the League owing to Manchester City’s brilliance. Liverpool midfielder James Milner feels that’s why the players and the fans of the Merseyside club deserve to get their hands on silverware this season.
Speaking to Liverpool’s official website, the 33-year-old said “When you think of 30 wins out of 38, at the start of the season you’d like to think that’s good enough. But obviously, that shows how good Man City are as well. It’s disappointing.
“We have to be proud of what we’ve achieved. Unfortunately it’s just short, but obviously what we did earlier in the week [versus Barcelona] gives us a chance to go and redeem ourselves and get a piece of silverware because I think everyone deserves a bit of silverware.
“I think the team especially, these boys, how they grind out results.
“The fans have been unbelievable all year, they’ve lifted us when we’ve needed them, they’ve stuck with us when it’s been tough in games and like I say, the boys deserve a bit of silverware, but the fans do too.”
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It is easy to sympathize with what the former England midfielder is saying as the Reds have had a fantastic season, a much better one than Spurs.
However, the Lillywhites have shown amazing character and spirit to get to the final despite not adding a single player in the last two transfer windows and all the problems due to the delays with the new stadium.
Given what Pochettino has achieved in his five years at the club, no one can say Spurs don’t deserve a trophy.
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