Mohamed Salah already said it as soon as he eliminated Villarreal: “If I’m honest, I want Real Madrid in the final.” Well said and done. Real Madrid heroically came from behind City at the Bernabéu in extra time on a magical night for the madridista fiefdom and will play the 17th final in its history in the top club competition. And he will do it against Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool next Saturday, May 28, in Saint-Denis. There will be revenge for the ‘red’ team after the 2018 final. The one in kyiv. In a duel that is already the history of the Champions League.
The Real Madrid-Liverpool will be the most repeated final in the history of the Champions League, something very little repeated in its 66th previous editions. With the match that will elucidate the winner of the 2021-2022 Champions League It will be the third time that both clubs will meet in a final with a victory for each team. Never before had another final been played more than twice in the European Cup.
The first final was in 1981, when Liverpool won 1-0, also in the city of Paris. Bob Paisley’s pupils left Vujadin Boskov’s boys without a prize. A left-footed shot by Alan Kenedy, Liverpool’s ‘3’, after a throw-in, beat Agustín in the 82nd minute. Santillana, Juanito, Del Bosque, Camacho, Cunningham… were left without making history in the White House with what would have been the Seventh. That would have to wait until 1998.
The second time that both teams measured me was in 2018 (3-1). Zidane’s Real Madrid arrived in kyiv after winning two consecutive titles. Salah’s early injury due to a game with Ramos and two resounding mistakes by Karius marked Real Madrid’s conquest of the 13th European Cup. Klopp lost his second final, although a year later Liverpool redeemed himself with the sixth against Tottenham. The final in kyiv left a spectacular bicycle kick by Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo’s last match in a Real Madrid shirt.
Now on May 28, Paris, Saint-Denis, will host a match in a duel that is already historic. That of Benzema, Modric, Courtois, Vinicius, Militao, Kroos against Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Fabinho, Thiago, Mané, Salah, Luis Díaz… A constellation of stars between the two best teams of the season. The best will win.
Other repeated endings:
- Real Madrid-Stade de Reims (1956 and 1959)
- Benfica-Milan (1963 and 1990)
- Ajax-Milan (1969 and 1995)
- Ajax-Juventus (1973 and 1996)
- Liverpool-Milan (2005 and 2007)
- Barcelona-M. United (2009 and 2011)
- Real Madrid-Atletico (2014 and 2016)
- Real Madrid-Juventus (1998 and 2017)