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      ruthcity
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      Pre-Match: Real Madrid v Liverpool (Champions League) Sat 26 May 2018 19:45 BST
      May 04, 2018 04:32:30 pm

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      One of the key moments us fans have been waiting for is here! And well done to all of us!

      It’s unusually early to be starting a match thread, but since the buzz is already well under way, we may as well proceed in the build-up to becoming Europe’s top club in 2018!

      The opening is dedicated to the players, staff, us fans, and Sean.

      Picture credits are given to those whom are due. Apparently Simon is bloody good at telling our story with his pictures. He deserves to be in Kiev!

      Mods, feel free to change anything if need be. The message icon should be the UCL trophy by now!

      We are 90 minutes away from glory. COYR!
      Allez! Allez! Allez!

      Strongest available 11 to start. They truly deserve it. And by the way, Phil who has played some action in our run-up is eligible for a medal of whatever colour! Hmmm...
      « Last Edit: May 04, 2018 10:48:13 pm by JD »
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      Re: Pre-Match: Real Madrid v Liverpool (Champions League) Sun 26 May 2018 21:45 EET
      Reply #1: May 04, 2018 07:51:38 pm
      Anyone got any idea when the ‘draw’ (or whatever takes place) is made for the home dressing room ?
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      Re: Pre-Match: Real Madrid v Liverpool (Champions League) Sun 26 May 2018 21:45 EET
      Reply #2: May 04, 2018 07:55:29 pm
      Anyone got any idea when the ‘draw’ (or whatever takes place) is made for the home dressing room ?

      Done on the semi final draw night, think we're away
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      Re: Pre-Match: Real Madrid v Liverpool (Champions League) Sun 26 May 2018 21:45 EET
      Reply #3: May 04, 2018 08:05:42 pm

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      One of the key moments us fans have been waiting for is here! And well done to all of us!

      It’s unusually early to be starting a match thread, but since the buzz is already well under way, we may as well proceed in the build-up to becoming Europe’s top club in 2018!

      The opening is dedicated to the players, staff, us fans, and Sean.

      Picture credits are given to those whom are due. Apparently Simon is bloody good at telling our story with his pictures. He deserves to be in Kiev ‘on the bench or taking photos’.

      Mods, feel free to change anything if need be. The message icon should be the UCL trophy by now!

      We are 90 minutes away from glory. COYR!
      Allez! Allez! Allez!

      Strongest available 11 to start. They truly deserve it. And by the way, Phil who has played some action in our run-up is eligible for a medal of whatever colour! Hmmm...

      Very good effort. Really good.

      Just a minor correction. ;)
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      Re: Pre-Match: Real Madrid v Liverpool (Champions League) Sun 26 May 2018 21:45 EET
      Reply #4: May 04, 2018 08:07:27 pm
      Done on the semi final draw night, think we're away

      Yep, we're away.
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      Re: Pre-Match: Real Madrid v Liverpool (Champions League) Sun 26 May 2018 21:45 EET
      Reply #5: May 04, 2018 08:47:20 pm

      Any implications from being the "away" team being it's at a neutral site? Even for uniforms we'll still be able to wear red.
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      Re: Pre-Match: Real Madrid v Liverpool (Champions League) Sun 26 May 2018 21:45 EET
      Reply #6: May 04, 2018 09:36:03 pm
      Suppose the team picks itself because of injuries but Lallana might be fit. Might make the bench or even be in contention. If he is fully fit Klopp may be tempted. Milner or Gini would lose out. Haven't seen much of Lallana in terms of playing alongside Mo.

      Lallana playing off the right supporting Mo, tracking back to give cover to TAA. Milner on the left, with Hendo holding. Going to be who has the best attacking line up on the night. We are not sitting deep, nor are they.

      We go for the jugular from the off. Playing a gagy cat & mouse game is not really our forte. Could be a fit Lallana will get the nod.
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      Re: Pre-Match: Real Madrid v Liverpool (Champions League) Sun 26 May 2018 21:45 EET
      Reply #7: May 04, 2018 09:58:52 pm
      Suppose the team picks itself because of injuries but Lallana might be fit. Might make the bench or even be in contention. If he is fully fit Klopp may be tempted. Milner or Gini would lose out. Haven't seen much of Lallana in terms of playing alongside Mo.

      Lallana playing off the right supporting Mo, tracking back to give cover to TAA. Milner on the left, with Hendo holding. Going to be who has the best attacking line up on the night. We are not sitting deep, nor are they.

      We go for the jugular from the off. Playing a gagy cat & mouse game is not really our forte. Could be a fit Lallana will get the nod.

      Milner nor Gini will be replaced by Lallana, he might see some action from the bench to relieve Jimmy at some point.

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      Re: Pre-Match: Real Madrid v Liverpool (Champions League) Sun 26 May 2018 21:45 EET
      Reply #8: May 04, 2018 09:59:47 pm
      Can't even process this game at the moment,  need to get the cl qualification sorted first
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      Re: Pre-Match: Real Madrid v Liverpool (Champions League) Sun 26 May 2018 21:45 EET
      Reply #9: May 04, 2018 10:04:33 pm
      Maybe one of the Mods can correct the title as the final is on Saturday not Sunday.
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      Re: Pre-Match: Real Madrid v Liverpool (Champions League) Sat 26 May 2018 19:45 BST
      Reply #10: May 05, 2018 12:53:38 am
      Any implications from being the "away" team being it's at a neutral site? Even for uniforms we'll still be able to wear red.

       I can’t think of any, the only “downside” of being the away team is to use the away kit when the other team has a similar one, but won’t matter this time.
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      Re: Pre-Match: Real Madrid v Liverpool (Champions League) Sat 26 May 2018 19:45 BST
      Reply #11: May 05, 2018 04:22:56 am
      Is it wrong that im already nervous? Going to be a long wait
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      Re: Pre-Match: Real Madrid v Liverpool (Champions League) Sat 26 May 2018 19:45 BST
      Reply #12: May 05, 2018 08:39:07 am
      Reports saying Can could feature if the scan on Monday goes well, if the docs give him the all clear he can do full training again, massive boost if we can get him back playing, even if from the bench, Lallana already back training now so things are looking better injury wise.

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      .....IS ON IT'S WAY





      YNWA

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      Re: Pre-Match: Real Madrid v Liverpool (Champions League) Sat 26 May 2018 19:45 BST
      Reply #13: May 05, 2018 08:59:01 am
      Reports saying Can could feature if the scan on Monday goes well, if the docs give him the all clear he can do full training again, massive boost if we can get him back playing, even if from the bench, Lallana already back training now so things are looking better injury wise.

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      YNWA
      That is a really timely boost that ,could not have come at a better time really.
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      Re: Pre-Match: Real Madrid v Liverpool (Champions League) Sat 26 May 2018 19:45 BST
      Reply #14: May 05, 2018 11:28:34 am
      Can't even process this game at the moment,  need to get the cl qualification sorted first

      No point worrying about qualifying via the league when we are going to win in Kiev ;D
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      Re: Pre-Match: Real Madrid v Liverpool (Champions League) Sat 26 May 2018 19:45 BST
      Reply #15: May 06, 2018 03:05:12 am
      Can I ask why Real Madrid's name is first on the title of this thread.

      Surely it should (and will officially) be Liverpool v Real Madrid in alphabetical order.

      and also ....

      Maybe one of the Mods can correct the title as the final is on Saturday not Sunday.

      as well.


      NB Ruth City.

      ........................ ........................ .....................

      Anyhow ..... how's this lot to get started?

      1981  Liverpool beat Real Madrid in the European Cup Final.

      1981 there was a Royal Wedding .  2018 ?

      18 is 81 backwards.

      The Semi Finals in 1981 there was a team from Spain, from Germany, from Italy and from England.
      In 2018 ?
      It was the same.

      There'll be more from people like me with nothing better to do.

       ;D


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      Re: Pre-Match: Real Madrid v Liverpool (Champions League) Sat 26 May 2018 19:45 BST
      Reply #16: May 06, 2018 03:08:51 am
      Reports saying Can could feature if the scan on Monday goes well, if the docs give him the all clear he can do full training again, massive boost if we can get him back playing, even if from the bench, Lallana already back training now so things are looking better injury wise.

      NUMBER.....

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      .....IS ON IT'S WAY





      YNWA



      Good stuff Billy.

      I hear Sturridge has sold both his Rollers and was hitching up the M6 trying to get a game later in the month.

      Moo Ha Ha.
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      Re: Pre-Match: Real Madrid v Liverpool (Champions League) Sat 26 May 2018 19:45 BST
      Reply #17: May 06, 2018 03:28:02 am

      Can I ask why Real Madrid's name is first on the title of this thread.

      Surely it should (and will officially) be Liverpool v Real Madrid in alphabetical order.


      Because Real Madrid, or Bayern Munich, were given "Home" status in the Semi Final draw.
      Won't make much difference now that Bayern and their red kits are gone.
      Real Madrid in the home of white.
      Liverpool in red.
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      Re: Pre-Match: Real Madrid v Liverpool (Champions League) Sat 26 May 2018 19:45 BST
      Reply #18: May 06, 2018 03:51:27 pm
      Because Real Madrid, or Bayern Munich, were given "Home" status in the Semi Final draw.
      Won't make much difference now that Bayern and their red kits are gone.
      Real Madrid in the home of white.
      Liverpool in red.

      Aaaaaaaaaahhhh. 
      Mystery solved.
      Thanks Racer.
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      Re: Pre-Match: Real Madrid v Liverpool (Champions League) Sat 26 May 2018 19:45 BST
      Reply #19: May 06, 2018 08:28:20 pm
                       a dose of reality


      we won the man city & Roma ties at anfield, we won't face real at anfield.
      they have obviously been in the last 3 cl finals that's a lot of experience we won't have.
      jurgens record in finals is shocking. 
      if he manages to pull a win out of the bag then he is a genius, but I fear a bit for us with that backline....
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      Re: Pre-Match: Real Madrid v Liverpool (Champions League) Sat 26 May 2018 19:45 BST
      Reply #20: May 06, 2018 10:27:35 pm
      That is a really timely boost that ,could not have come at a better time really.

      Agree it is a boost but likely what it means is that we will have an proper midfielder on the bench (probably two with Emre and Adam). Not unimportant, but not as big as if Emre or Ox was fit to start the game.
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      Re: Pre-Match: Real Madrid v Liverpool (Champions League) Sat 26 May 2018 19:45 BST
      Reply #21: May 06, 2018 10:30:34 pm
      Tried me best to avoid this one until after the brighton game but have to say after seeing tonights el classico if were on form we can get success down our right. Good jaysus thsy give up some room.out there
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      Re: Pre-Match: Real Madrid v Liverpool (Champions League) Sat 26 May 2018 19:45 BST
      Reply #22: May 07, 2018 01:07:01 am
      I fancy our chance with two weeks of rest and securing a CL break next Sunday. Right now this thin squad is in need of two things.

      1. Rest
      2. A pick me up win

      We will get the latter next Sunday and than the two week break will be a sight for sore eyes. Our front 3 look ragged and need a rest. I look for Robbo and Trent to fill the gaps that we lack on the attack that Ox and Can provided. If Gini can give us a good game we will be down right tough to beat that night as well.

      Real aren’t as good as the last few years and on our game we are as good as ANYONE. Also, Ronaldo picked up an ankle injury today so I could see him being fit to play but lack the preparation to keep up if he misses any time over the next 3 weeks
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      Re: Pre-Match: Real Madrid v Liverpool (Champions League) Sat 26 May 2018 19:45 BST
      Reply #23: May 07, 2018 01:22:25 am
      Hopefully Ronaldo has trouble recovering from that knock he's picked up. If not, I'm sure he wont be 100% going into the final and it's nothing a crunching challenge won't aggravate. The only reason they are in the final is because of him, he's dragged them over the line on so many occasions this season.

      we won the man city & Roma ties at anfield, we won't face real at anfield.

      So? We also beat City away and in all honesty, should have done Roma too if the officials were actually capable of giving us penalties.
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      Re: Pre-Match: Real Madrid v Liverpool (Champions League) Sat 26 May 2018 19:45 BST
      Reply #24: May 07, 2018 01:26:33 am
      Hopefully Ronaldo has trouble recovering from that knock he's picked up. If not, I'm sure he wont be 100% going into the final and it's nothing a crunching challenge won't aggravate. The only reason they are in the final is because of him, he's dragged them over the line on so many occasions this season.

      So? We also beat City away and in all honesty, should have done Roma too if the officials were actually capable of giving us penalties.

      Yep. Salah has been amazing for us, but he isn’t the whole team. Ronaldo literally is winning them games. If he isn’t healthy that only leaves Benzema to be their attacking threat. And with a healthy and rested squad having two weeks to prepare I see us putting some balls into the back of that net. They are gonna need him at 💯 to win
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      Re: Pre-Match: Real Madrid v Liverpool (Champions League) Sat 26 May 2018 19:45 BST
      Reply #25: May 07, 2018 01:37:18 am
      Yep. Salah has been amazing for us, but he isn’t the whole team. Ronaldo literally is winning them games. If he isn’t healthy that only leaves Benzema to be their attacking threat. And with a healthy and rested squad having two weeks to prepare I see us putting some balls into the back of that net. They are gonna need him at 💯 to win

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      Re: Pre-Match: Real Madrid v Liverpool (Champions League) Sat 26 May 2018 19:45 BST
      Reply #26: May 07, 2018 02:15:09 am
      Reasons To Be Cheerful   Part 6


      Lucky or just savvy?

      Real Madrid have reached a third consecutive Champions League final - but only just, after they clung on against Bayern Munich.

      Zinedine Zidane's side drew 2-2 at the Bernabeu, winning 4-3 on aggregate, but would have gone out on away goals had they conceded one more to the German club.

      They "relied on luck" according to former Chelsea and England midfielder Frank Lampard, while BBC Radio 5 live summariser Chris Waddle questioned Zidane's tactics.

      Zidane argued that the Champions League was "in the DNA of the club", adding: "We never stop fighting up to the very last minute, just as the Bayern players did tonight."

      So are Real into the final through good fortune, or are they just too good in Europe?

      There were certainly fortuitous moments for Real. Bayern goalkeeper Sven Ulreich's mistake gifted Karim Benzema a goal just moments into the second half before Corentin Tolisso and Thomas Muller's efforts were well saved by Keylor Navas.

      Mats Hummels also headed wide and Robert Lewandowski missed a number of key chances as Bayern recorded 22 shots on goal, including 10 on target throughout the game.

      Real Madrid had to make seven blocks, had only had 40% of the overall possession and made more than 150 fewer passes than their opponents - but it was still enough to reach their record-breaking 16th European Cup final.

      Cristiano Ronaldo had just 34 touches - fewer than any other player who started the game

      In contrast, Real produced two goals from three shots on target, compared with Bayern's 10 efforts on goal.

      Former England international Waddle said afterwards if you "give Real chances, they will take them", but criticised some of their key players and questioned Zidane's tactics for the semi-final.

      "Cristiano Ronaldo didn't come to life, Benzema has got more to offer but Gareth Bale might play in the final," said Waddle.

      "Real Madrid have got quality players but I just think Zidane got the balance wrong tonight. Luka Modric was at right-back at times. I didn't get that.

      "The one thing is, they haven't played well but they have still managed to score four goals over the two legs."

      But former Chelsea midfielder Lampard said Real Madrid were "at a lower level" this year.

      "It is not the Real Madrid of the last few years," Lampard told BT Sport. "I wonder whether they can do it again."

      Real Madrid did not shine in the group stage and came through as runners-up, taking just one point from Mauricio Pochettino's Tottenham, who topped the group.

      But the Spanish side overcame Cyprian opponents Apoel Nicosia and German side Borussia Dortmund.

      Things got tougher in the knockout stages, coming up against three reigning league champions en route to the final.

      Real Madrid won both legs against French champions Paris St-Germain - picking up a 5-2 aggregate win - and set up a tie with Italian league leaders Juventus.

      Ronaldo's 97th-minute penalty was needed to prevent Juve recording a remarkable comeback at the Bernabeu before Real Madrid's patchy display saw them survive against Bayern Munich in the semi-final.

      Zidane said it was "nicer" to reach the final through "suffering" after riding their luck on a number of occasions.

      "It's not great for your heart though," he added.

      Real Madrid won La Liga last season but have struggled this term - they are 15 points behind Barcelona, who were crowned champions on Sunday, and they were also knocked out of the Spanish Cup to Leganes in January.

      It could have been worse - they were 19 points off Barca and actually closer to the relegation zone than the league leaders near the start of 2018. Their form has picked up since then, and they have lost only once in La Liga since mid-January.

      Had Real been knocked out of the Champions League before Christmas, Zidane might already have been looking for a new job by that stage.

      But they seem to excel in the Champions League. This season's will be their fourth final out of five (they won the other three), but in that same period they have won just one Spanish title, last season's, and one Copa del Rey.

      Despite their Champions League success, their statistics in the tournament have been remarkably similar to their league games - although their European games have been against top sides for the most part.
         
      Zidane has been in charge for two and a half years and is yet to be knocked out of the Champions League.

      His only four defeats in the competition, two of which have been this season, have been first or second legs (when they have progressed anyway) or in the group stage.

      And two of their current team are in the top five Champions League scorers of all time...

      'Never seen a more undeserving team go through' - How BBC Sport readers reacted on social media

      PJ: "Keylor Navas made some really big and important saves in this game to secure the win for Madrid tonight it must be said!"

      Stu: "Real Madrid have got to be the luckiest team ever to reach a Champions League final."

      Hailu: "The resilience of this Real Madrid team is quite remarkable. Any other team would lose to Bayern tonight. Another final and probably last one for Zidane and Cristiano Ronaldo in Real's shirt."

      Kris: "Bayern made two defensive mistakes and Real scored due to each of them over the tie, whereas Real didn't make any, that's why they're in the final."

      Chuks: "Real have limped into the final and you can never write them off."

      Helles Mammut: "Such riches of attacking talent, but it was the goalkeepers who made the ultimate difference."

      Anon: "I've never seen a more undeserving team go through the Champions League final. Real Madrid were terrible in both legs."



      « Last Edit: May 07, 2018 02:25:21 am by MIRO »
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      Re: Pre-Match: Real Madrid v Liverpool (Champions League) Sat 26 May 2018 19:45 BST
      Reply #27: May 07, 2018 02:18:32 am

      Hopefully Ronaldo has trouble recovering from that knock he's picked up.

      *If not, I'm sure he wont be 100% going into the final and it's nothing a crunching challenge won't aggravate.

      The only reason they are in the final is because of him, he's dragged them over the line on so many occasions this season.


      *   ;D   

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      Re: Pre-Match: Real Madrid v Liverpool (Champions League) Sat 26 May 2018 19:45 BST
      Reply #28: May 07, 2018 02:52:38 am

      thanks dawg. I have been reading the thoughts on here but just haven’t had time to post any of mine. In all honesty consider yourselves lucky. I need to be more active on here though. If we win the CL than I’ll never shut up.
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      Re: Pre-Match: Real Madrid v Liverpool (Champions League) Sat 26 May 2018 19:45 BST
      Reply #29: May 07, 2018 10:39:19 am
      its going to feel like an age before this comes around and then it will be over in a flash.

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