• "We'll never live that again," Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane said Friday. "We'll have other moments, but we'll never have today and tomorrow again, we'll have to take advantage, if there's pressure, well, that's life, that'll make it better."
• Liverpool is chasing its sixth Cup, Bayern Munich and Barcelona on the eternal list would bring. Only Madrid and A.C. Milan, at seven, have more. The last Red visit in the final was in 2007 (a loss for Milan). The last triumph came in 2005 when Liverpool won on penalties after a 3-0 loss to Milan at half-time, a game known as the Miracle of Istanbul.
• "This club has it in its DNA to win big things," said Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp on Friday. "We are here because we are Liverpool, we can not try to fight at their level, but tactics in football are there to bring an opponent to your level."
The stadium is filling up and teams are arriving
By Rory in Kiev: The NSC Olympiskiy in Kiev is beginning to fill with fans: a few thousand are in the northern curve of the stadium, reserved for Liverpool; "Allez Allez Allez", the soundtrack to the club season, is booming. A big cheer went up, shortly after 20.20 clock. Local time when Liverpool's distinctive cherry red bus arrived at the stadium. An even bigger one was reserved for the first glimpse of Mohamed Salah.
In the radiant white of Real Madrid at the south end, there are only a few hundred people left: many opt to stay outside in the city, warm sunshine in the city center of Kiev, or (more likely) fought for strict but vigorous security checks.
For all doubts about the suitability of the city as the venue for the biggest football game in club football, for all the logistical challenges fans face, and for all the inflated hotel rates they had To pay to find a bed, Kiev – now Kiev, as the locals waste no time to point out – has pulled all the stops. Khreschatyk, the main shopping street, was closed as a fan zone; Traffic was cut off from much of the center throughout the day. Whitney Houston has been bawling loud speakers all day on Maidan, the city's Independence Square, for reasons that are not very clear, given the fans' long hours before the evening and the moment they spend the entire season
The lineups are out
Real Madrid: Keylor Navas; Dani Carvajal, Raphael Varane, Sergio Ramos, Marcelo; Casemiro, Toni Kroos, Luka Modric, Isco, Karim Benzema, Cristiano Ronaldo
Bank: Kiko Casilla, Nacho Fernández, Theo Hernández, Mateo Kovacic, Marco Asensio, Lucas Vázquez, Gareth Bale
The Spanish news media had suggested that Zidane would go with Benzema's BBR front line, Gareth Bale and Ronaldo, but also Isco for Bale (who is available as a subman) sends an aggressive signal. It also suggests that Zidane has the highest confidence that his first-class cascade, protected by Casemiro, can eliminate Salah and Co.
Liverpool: Loris Karius; Trent Alexander Arnold, Virgil Van Dijk, Dejan Lovren, Andy Robertson; Jordan Henderson, James Milner, Georginio Wijnaldum; Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino, Mohamed Salah
Bank: Simon Mignolet, Nathaniel Clyne, Ragnar Klavan, Alberto Moreno, Emre Can, Adam Lallana, Dominic Solanke
As expected from Klopp, whose front occupies three backseat positions nobody, even today. He will need great nights of Henderson, Milner and Wijnaldum; If the Liverpool gets overwhelmed in midfield, it could be a long night.
Another note: Real Madrid has nominated eleven players in the final of the previous year. (That day has worked pretty well for her.) None of the Liverpoolers ever appeared in a Champions League final.
Online, a battle of hype videos
Real Madrid has so far emphasized his stars his goals and the matchless history of the Champions League
Liverpool is also concentrating on his story, with a summary of his previous Champions League victories, and you will not get that song out of your mind at the end of the night:
We still prefer the original:
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