Guillem Balague states his prediction for Liverpool FC v Real Madrid
La Liga expert Guillem Balague believes Real Madrid are slight favourites to beat Liverpool FC in the Champions League final on Saturday evening
Guillem Balague believes Real Madrid are slight favourites to beat Liverpool FC in the Champions League final on Saturday evening.
The Spanish giants are looking to retain their Champions League title after winning Europe’s premier club competition for the fourth time in five seasons.
Real Madrid were 4-1 winners against Serie A giants Juventus in the Champions League final in 2016 after los Blancos beat Atletico Madrid 12 months earlier.
Liverpool FC have managed to get past Portuguese outfit FC Porto, Premier League champions Manchester City and Serie A giants AS Roma in the knockout stage so far.
The Merseyside outfit were beaten home and away in their last meeting with Real Madrid in the Champions League in 2014-15.
However, the Reds were 1-0 winners against Real Madrid in the European Cup final in Paris in 1981 in their only previous meeting in a Uefa showpiece.
La Liga expert Balague believes Real Madrid’s ability to hold onto a lead give Zinedine Zidane’s side the edge ahead of the Champion League final.
“I spoke to Jurgen Klopp last week and he was saying that he didn’t think Real Madrid did not deserve to go to the final,” Balague told Sky Sports.
“If you look at the semi-final, Bayern Munich had a lot of chances and what he is trying to say is that Real Madrid have got the players that can win a game at any second and of course, Ronaldo is the best at that.
“Real Madrid don’t need to play well to win and I think in Kiev, you will see those qualities. It is a coin in the air, this game, it could well be that Liverpool start on the front foot and score a couple of goals.
“But I don’t think the game is then finished. Perhaps it was the other way, Real going 2-0 up, it would be finished because they know how to control these games. But, bottom line, it could go either way and it is so difficult to predict.”
Liverpool FC finished in fourth place in the Premier League table to secure Champions League football in successive seasons under Jurgen Klopp.
The Reds signed Netherlands international Virgil van Dijk from Southampton in the January transfer window.