Before the UEFA Champions League final begun, it seemed strikers fight: Cristiano vs Salah. As usual, the key players were other and unexpected. That’s why we can state that » football seems to be very simple but it has a huge complexity»
Neither Salah, due to his injury, nor Ronaldo, bad game, were the key players
However, I hardly heard about the «tactic fight» between the managers: Zidane and Klopp.
The game plan was followed in the first 30 minutes. Liverpool high pressure made very difficult for Real Madrid to connect with the two forwards with Cristiano on top as his body language started to look frustrated. He got frustrated because he is not good enough to drop and participate in the game with Real Madrid midfielders so he prefers to stay high. The more time Cristiano didn’t touch the ball, the more anxious he gets.
Liverpool’s got hit when the big star Salah got injured. His tears showed that he was thinking about missing the World Cup rather than stay strong and focused on his teammates in this final. The game was stopped for almost five minutes just when Liverpool was giving a hard time to Real Madrid. From then, Liverpool didn’t press so hard and Real Madrid players started to dominate the game through possession and using the two fullbacks on the attack. Marcelo experienced a relief and Carvajal who got injured when he was on the attack.
Time to reset….
Lallana substituted Salah in the first half but he didn’t get his role in the game. Klopp did it in halftime, giving Mané more freedom on the attack
In any competition and especially in a final game besides the position, the formation and the lineup, the psychological aspect among the players is one of the main factors to have a good or a bad performance. And also the ability to overcome a mistake. That happened to Karius, Liverpool’s goalkeeper, who never went back to the game after his big huge mistake.
And, as we stated before the game, bench players could make the difference too. Bale was the MVP of the game, playing only 30 minutes and scoring two goals, one of them a superb bicycle kick
2Carvajal Substituted for Nacho at 37’minutes
22Isco Substituted for Bale at 61’minutes
9Benzema Substituted for Asensio at 89’minutes
6Nacho 11Bale 13Casilla 15Hernández 17Vázquez 20Asensio 23Kovacic
7Milner Substituted for Canat 83’minutes
11Salah Substituted for Lallana at 30’minutes
19Mané Booked at 82mins
2Clyne 17Klavan 18Moreno 20Lallana 22Mignolet 23Can 29Solanke
Stats / Estadísticas
Possession / Posesión
Real Madrid 66%
Shots / Tiros
Real Madrid 14
Shots on Target / Tiros a puerta
Real Madrid 5
Corners / saques de esquina
Real Madrid 9
Fouls / faltas
Real Madrid 5