Real Madrid will face off against Liverpool in the UEFA Champions League final looking to etch their names in the history books by lifting their third European Cup in a row. Both teams have no new injury worries to cope with and will come into this encounter in a good run of form. The La Liga side will rely on their experience and quality to try and get past the Merseysiders in what promises to be a highly entertaining contest at Kyiv’s Olimpiyskiy National Sports Complex.
The history of this fixture slightly favours the English giants as they have a head-to-head record of 3 wins to 2 in their past five meetings with Los Blancos. Zinedine Zidane is expected to opt for a 4-4-2 formation and may opt to start with Karim Benzema ahead of Gareth Bale.
4-4-2 Real Madrid Predicted Lineup To Face Liverpool
Keylor Navas will start in goal for the Galacticos and might be guarded by a back four of Sergio Ramos and Raphael Varane in central defence while Marcelo plays at left-back and Dani Carvajal operates on the right side of the backline.
The Madrid defence has conceded 15 goals in this edition of the Champions League and now, Los Blancos boss Zinedine Zidane will be hoping that his back four can keep things tight at the back when they take on the Reds in the final match of the season.
Casemiro will line up as the holding midfielder at the centre of the park while the trio of Luka Modric, Toni Kroos and Isco operates ahead of him to make up a ‘diamond’ midfield four. The performance of the Madrid midfielders will be crucial if they are to secure a positive result on Saturday. It remains to be seen whether they can cope with the high press of the Liverpool midfielders and create opportunities for their forwards to feed on.
Both Lucas Vasquez and Marco Asensio might come off the bench during the contest if required.
Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema could lead the lines for the Spanish giants up top. The Portuguese international has been in fine form during this Champions League campaign while Benzema has also performed well after scoring a brace in the semis to help the Galacticos see off Bayern Munich. The duo will try to get their names on the scoresheet when they lace up to take on the Liverpool defence on Saturday night.
Gareth Bale might have to settle for a place on the bench for the cup final.