Tottenham Hotspur take on Liverpool in the first all English Champions League final since 2008, when Manchester United defeated Chelsea on penalties.
The two sides will meet at Atletico Madrid’s Wanda Metropolitano stadium on Saturday in the Champions League final, with Spurs appearing in the final stage for the first time and Liverpool looking to make amends after finishing runners-up last year.
Liverpool produced one of the greatest comebacks in Champions League history to beat Barcelona 4-0, overturning a three-goal first-leg deficit and advancing to their second successive final with a 4-3 aggregate victory.
Lucas Moura scored a stoppage-time winner to complete a hat-trick and seal a sensational 3-2 comeback win for Tottenham Hotspur to take them past Ajax Amsterdam on the away goals rule into the Champions League final.
The Reds stuck with their winning formula in a 4-3-3 system, with Naby Keita replacing Jordan Henderson on the left of midfield and Joe Gomez partnering Virgil van Dijk in central defence.
Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino deployed a 4-1-2-1-2 diamond formation, with Moussa Dembele sitting at the base of midfield, Harry Winks replacing the injured Dele Alli and Lucas Moura providing a counter threat alongside Harry Kane.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has defended his “unlucky” record in cup finals ahead of his side’s Champions League final against Tottenham and remains adamant there was little for Liverpool to learn from last year’s 3-1 defeat to Real Madrid in Kiev
“if I would be the reason for losing six finals in a row, then everybody needs to worry really. “We learned a lot in the time since we are together, with a lot of players I am together three years, with some players for a year, and this year we learned a lot again. he said.
According to Mauricio Pochettino: “The journey to the final has been unbelievable. The focus, concentration, it’s a pleasure to manage this group of players.
“I feel so proud, they were unbelievably open to work and accept everything from us. We are so ready, tomorrow it is about being ready to run, to compete, to enjoy.
“The moment you get to the final its about winning the final. We respect our opponent, Liverpool are a great team, along with Man City they are the best in England. One year ago they were in the final. Full credit to Jurgen Klopp, they have unbelievable players and are a great club.”
Kane is expected to be available for Tottenham after two months on the sidelines with ligament damage, while Winks has also been declared fit for the showdown in Madrid.
Pochettino faces a welcomed selection headache in attack if Kane starts, with quarter-final hero Fernando Llorente and semi-final hat-trick winner Lucas Moura vying for a place – in addition to in-form Heung-Min Son.
For Liverpool, Keita has been ruled out for the final, while Firmino should be available for selection after missing three games with a muscle strain.
Matip is likely to start at centre-back ahead of Dejan Lovren and Gomez, with the latter only recently returning from ankle surgery – while Fabinho is favourite to start in place of the sidelined Keita.