It would be huge if Spurs beat Liverpool.
New stadium and the Champions League in the same year?
Wow!!! Many Arsenal fans would be gutted.
What will happen in Madrid on Saturday night?
Goals will be scored, I’m sure of that.
I think Liverpool have a stronger team and more experience of this kind of pressure and, while admitting that Liverpool have enough firepower to blow Spurs away, I’m expecting quite a tight battle.
Liverpool really want it because they lost in Kiev last year after the king of thugs disabled Mo Salah. I’ve been watching European Cups since Alfredo Di Stefano and that was the only final I’ve seen decided by a foul,.
Spurs want it because they have never been in a European Cup Final or a Champions League Final. The Tottenham players have never wanted anything as much as they want this trophy.
Pochettino’s problem is : How can we contain speed-machine full backs Trent Alexander and Andy Robertson. How can we stop them bombarding our box with early crosses?
Those crosses produce dozens of goals for Mane, Salah and Firmino. Those crosses have created 42% of Liverpool’s goals this season.
Today Sally from BBC Breakfast was seen interviewing Jurgen Klopp one-on-one at Melwood.
Klopp revealed that his late father was intensely demanding. He said that if his dad was still alive he would want to be at the training ground telling him what to do!
So Sally asked, “What would he be saying to you now?”
Klopp: “Win it this time!”
Although Liverpool lost a year ago they have experienced the big build-up and the pressure and the nerves and that gives them an advantage now. They know they have a stronger team than a year ago. With Virgil and Alisson, they fear nobody.
Will Poch start Harry Kane?
I don’t think so. He’ll start Son and Lucas Moura, who scored that dramatic hat-trick against Ajax in Amsterdam. The Brazilian is exceptionally nimble and two-footed. He’s extremely agile and has preposterous balance and doesn’t need three or two yards in the box. One yard is enough. He can bury half-chances.
The South Korean is another potential match-winner. Poch might say to Son: Give me an hour at 100 mph.
But it’s not my job to tell a world class manager his starting eleven for the biggest game in club football.
Tottenham have achieved heroic feats already by knocking out Manchester City in the quarter-final and Ajax in the semi and they will be in the Champions League next season.
During his four seasons in the Champions League, Pochettino has already achieved some unlikely victories because he’s a formidable tactician as well as an astute man manager.
Jan Vertonghen is a heroic centreback who might have one more commanding cup final left in him. Playmaker Eriksen is 27 and only on £80,000 a week and likely to leave. This group of players in coming to the end of a cycle and have surprised us by getting this far.
Whatever happens, Spurs won’t give up as Arsenal did when losing 4-1 to Chelsea in Baku.
Yes, Liverpool are favourites and I think they will win.
Sadio Mane has had a phenomenal season and this might be the Mane final, if it’s not the Mo Salah final.