Tottenham and Liverpool meet in the Champions League final on Saturday night at the Wanda Metropolitano in Madrid. It is the first all English final in 11 years, and both sides are dreaming of success. The fires have been stoked in the build up in a surprising way, with Son Heung-Min trolling the Reds.
While Liverpool come into this game as overwhelming favourites having run Manchester City close in the Premier League and lost in the final to Real Madrid last year, Spurs certainly cannot be counted out.
Mauricio Pochettino should be able to call on the fit again Harry Kane, who hasn’t played since the first leg of the quarter final win over City because of an ankle problem, while Son himself and Lucas Moura have also a huge part in their journey to this stage of the competition.
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Despite both sides being from the Premier League, there isn’t any more respect between the two sides. Fans have been goading each other for weeks now, with the rather humorous jokes about who has the better bird on their badge. Tottenham fans will be pleased to have seen Son training while wearing a shirt nailing his colours to the mast so to speak. Unsurprisingly, the South Korean prefers the Spurs cockerel.
On the pitch, more pressing matters will soon take centre stage. Both Pochettino and Jürgen Klopp are looking to win their first trophy in English football, with the latter looking for his first success as a manager full stop. Both of them have endured criticism for failing to lift silverware earlier, but the style of play they’ve instilled and the relative small spending over the years have shown how good they have been. It certainly should be an exciting final on Saturday.
Whether Kane starts or not, Son will play a crucial role in the game. Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane are in superb form for the Reds, while they could be able to call on their own injury doubt, Roberto Firmino, who has been struggling for fitness in recent weeks.