Andy Cole’s Blog: Liverpool Can Overwhelm Real Madrid in Attack
Liverpool and Real Madrid meet in the Champions League final in Kiev on Saturday night, and it is so tough to call. The prospect is mouth watering; it is a genuine 50/50 match, but Liverpool might just come out on top…
Goals, goals, goals
If you look at the two teams, and what Liverpool have in attack, they could be favourites to win. Going forward, they score a shed load of goals, and some of the bookmakers have Liverpool as favourites and it is not often they are wrong.
Both teams will score for sure; there is so much quality up front. Mohamed Salah has had a phenomenal season for Liverpool, Roberto Firmino has been fantastic and then they have Sadio Mane; they will create chances, and of course Real Madrid will get chances against them too, but it isn’t often that the Reds don’t score in a game.
Experience won’t help Real Madrid
Real Madrid have won three of the last four Champions League titles, but their experience won’t make any difference because of the way Liverpool are, so attack-minded and always wanting to score goals. Jürgen Klopp sets them up to attack, their strength certainly isn’t defending, but they are so difficult to play against. You can’t be surprised by their success, because they have scored goals and that is what the Champions League is about.
For Zinedine Zidane, though, winning the competition twice in a row was something special, so three times would be unbelievable. You could say they’ve had a bad season, finishing 17 points behind Barcelona in La Liga, and while the league is your bread and butter, Real Madrid are a club that loves the Champions League. A lot of clubs are now seeing that as a priority, so it is a phenomenal achievement to reach another final.
The Ballon d’Or does not come down to one game
Both Salah and Cristiano Ronaldo have had fantastic seasons, but the Ballon d’Or should not be judged on the Champions League final, it should be on the entire campaign. Salah was unbelievable in the Premier League, so just because you win the Champions League and play for the best team does not mean you are the best player in the world. Lionel Messi has been brilliant at Barcelona, too; there are so many factors.
Salah has scored 44 goals in all competitions this season; he deserves to be spoken about in these terms. Ronaldo has got himself another 40 goals, and Messi has won the double, La Liga and the Copa Del Rey. All of these things must be taken into consideration, not just the Champions League final.