European Cup Final 2018 – Liverpool vs Real Madrid
This entry was posted on Saturday, May 26th, 2018
Pulling Down Trousers to Compare Histories
For all that we live in a post-modern world of equality, where everyone and everything must be taken solely at face value, history has a way of declaring its indomitable hand. Liverpool and the European Cup. Anfield and European nights. It is this history that has dragged the club to a third Champions League final in 13 years, when other, better English sides in this time (Wenger’s Arsenal, Pep’s City, the current Spurs XI) have nowhere near as good a record.
But if we are pulling down our trousers and comparing respective histories, even Liverpool will have to give way to los Blancos, the most successful side in the competition’s history. Indeed, in the absence of great performances, it has almost been this that has propelled them to three wins in the last four finals. Another one on Saturday evening in Kiev would leave them second behind only the famous Madrid side of the 1950s in European Cup folklore.
In their previous finals, Madrid have always started slowly, cranking up the gears to eventually win in the last half hour, the second half of extra time or even on penalties. This year’s final will be decided by the opening phase – by the time Real wake up, will they still be in it, or will Liverpool have blitzed them.
We have a sneaky feeling for the latter, and like the Reds with Paddy Power at 21/10 to do it six times.