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Champions: Real Madrid-Liverpool, a duel between David and Goliath

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This Saturday, in Kiev, a rerun of the biblical duel between David and Goliath will happen, when in the final of the Champions League Spanish Real Madrid and English Liverpool face head-to-head.

According to the experts, the final is in favor of Real Madrid, who have won two consecutively and three in the last four years to become the most powerful team in Europe.

Real Madrid Liverpool

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Their rival, although they have five European cups in their cabinets, has not won since 2005, when Milan was beaten in Istanbul.

That difference is also seen in the respective templates, since 17 Real Madrid players can boast of having at least one Cup in their homes, led by Cristiano Ronaldo, who has won four editions, and Toni Kroos, who has three champions' leagues. Of the English group the only Emre Can was in a winning team of the tournament, but without active participation.

Madrid will try to appeal to that experience and that power to save a year in which they could not be a rival for Barcelona in the Spanish League and was not even close to winning the Copa del Rey. In addition, it would be their 13th European title.

Real Madrid reached the final after beating Paris Saint Germain in the second round, Juventus in the quarterfinals and Bayern Munich in the semifinals.

Real Madrid Liverpool

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The surprising Liverpool was no less, as it left Porto on the road in the round of 16 with a 5-0 aggregate; in the quarterfinals they eliminated Manchester City 5-1; and in the semifinal executed Roma, team that in turn eliminated Barcelona that was a favorite to win the current edition.

The attack, which ultimately is what the audience who attend the stadium and whoever watches the game on television want, will be led by Cristiano Ronaldo in Real Madrid and by the Egyptian Mohamed Salah, who for many is one of the strongest candidates to the Golden Ball, prior to what he can do with his selection at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Real Madrid Liverpool

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And although the balance is tipped in favor of the Spaniards by trajectory, experience and the weight of the shirt, it is demonstrated that nobody arrives to the final of the Champions League to be a guest of stone, something that Liverpool will try to show starting the initial whistle this Saturday. 

Real Madrid Liverpool

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