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Champions League Final Preview: Liverpool or Tottenham?

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Why Liverpool will win

Jürgen Klopp does not feel reviled. He doesn’t, as he made plain amid his Friday nightly news media bring in Madrid, even feel unfortunate. He may have lost each last he has come to with Liverpool, and six of the seven he has challenged over all, yet he doesn’t see that as a harbinger.

The purpose behind that, put basically, is this is the potentially the first run through — and unquestionably the first run through with Liverpool — that he has gone into a last accountable for the top choice. The bare truth of the Premier League table outlines that Liverpool has been essentially more steady than Tottenham this season: Klopp’s group inevitably completed 26 in front of Spurs.

Toss in that Liverpool had England’s best barrier and two of its three top scorers, and afterward include that it experienced the ceremony, condition and specialist enthusiastic range of a Champions League last a year back, and Liverpool’s tranquil, unassuming certainty is reasonable.

For Klopp, in contrast to his Spurs partner, Mauricio Pochettino, there are no choice quandaries or strategic options: He, his players, and his rivals all expertise Liverpool will attempt to play. Klopp infrequently transforms; he isn’t the kind of supervisor to endeavor to spring an amazement.

This season, he has not expected to. Generally, what Liverpool does works: Even Barcelona, even with a 3-0 lead, even with Lionel Messi, couldn’t help it. Klopp will feel that if his players don’t solidify, if there are no individual slip-ups or snapshots of motivation from Tottenham, Liverpool is sufficiently able to beat Spurs, lastly observe off even the notice of a revile.

It is the nature of a single, winner-takes-all game that every advantage can, in a different light, start to look like a disadvantage. Mauricio Pochettino and Spurs do have choices to make: Do they play with a three-man defense or a four-man back line? Does Harry Kane start, or is he best used from the bench? If he does, who joins him? From one angle, it looks like uncertainty; from another, it looks like unpredictability.

Though Klopp’s record against Pochettino is good — one defeat in nine games — Spurs and Liverpool’s meetings tend to share a pattern. At some point, Pochettino will tweak something, do something unexpected, and as a rule, Liverpool will struggle to react. That happened, certainly, in the last encounter, which Liverpool won by 2-1, but only thanks to a Hugo Lloris mistake and a Moussa Sissoko miss. Spurs dominated for long stretches at Anfield. That will give Pochettino’s team hope.

Not that hope is in short supply. There is a weightlessness about Spurs, thanks, in part, to the chaos and wonder of the team’s run to its first European final in 35 years — the comeback in Amsterdam, the heart-stopping drama of the quarterfinal with Manchester City, even the fact that, after only three group games, the team seemed likely to be eliminated. By meeting every challenge, by surviving every scare, Tottenham has cultivated an air of invincibility. Destiny, Pochettino might call it.

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Liverpool vs. Chelsea results: Final score, highlights from 2019 UEFA Super Cup

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Liverpool defeated Chelsea in the UEFA Super Cup on Wednesday on penalties 2-2 (5-4) at BJK Vodafone Park in Istanbul, Turkey.

Chelsea’s Olivier Giroud opened the scoring in the 36th minute off an assist from Christian Pulisic. Liverpool’s Sadio Mane found the back of the net twice in the second half, his tying goal coming in the 48th minute and his second in extra time. Roberto Firmino, a second-half substitute for the Reds, was the orchestrator of both goals.

A 101st-minute penalty from Jorginho gave Chelsea life after Liverpool goalkeeper Adrian appeared to make contact with Tammy Abraham.

The match would require all five penalty takers to find a winner. Chelsea’s final shot, by Abaraham, was saved by Adrian.

This is Liverpool’s fourth Super Cup title; the Reds last won in 2005.

The UEFA Super Cup is a match between the winners of the Champions League and the Europa League, both won this year by English clubs.

Liverpool defeated Tottenham 2-0 to win its sixth Champions League title on June 1, while Chelsea put four goals past Arsenal to win its second Europa League title on May 29.

Sporting News tracked scoring updates and highlights from the UEFA Super Cup match between Liverpool and Chelsea. Catch what you may have missed below.

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Two goals from Marcus Rashford, and one each from Anthony Martial and Daniel James, gave Ole Solskjaer’s side a rousing, if flattering, victory over Chelsea

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Here’s Frank Lampard

“There were four mistakes for the goals, but we controlled major parts of the first half. We made a couple of poor decisions in the final third. We should have been ahead at half-time. Even at the start of the second half, I didn’t mind it, then two mistakes and we’re 3-0 down.

“At 1-0 we were the better team. They’re a counter-attacking team – it’s a big strength of theirs, put it that way, and if you give them opportunities to run past you they will. They were absolutely clinical.

“There are loads of lessons for us – we can’t make unforced errors at this level. But at the same time, it was nowhere near a 4-0. We have Rudiger and Willian not far away; Callum and Ruben will be a bit longer than that. I don’t want that excuse, though. The team we put out was competing very well in the game.

“The first thing I said to the players was that we have to be grown up about it, because it’s not nice. We’re Chelsea and we don’t losing 4-0 anywhere, but we have to accept that. We have to analyse the bad bits and correct them.”

The Man of the Match is Harry Maguire

“It’s a great start for myself and the team. We rode our luck a little bit in the first half – we gave them too many chances. There were a few nerves and we gave the ball away in dangerous areas. But I think we were a lot better in the second half, we controlled the game and thoroughly deserved the three points.

“Our front three are so dangerous, on the break especially, and it was a convincing win in the end. Even at 3-0 and 4-0 we wanted a clean sheet; we knew there were only two here last season. We need to make this place a fortress. It’s a good start, but we’re not getting carried away.”

“We’ve finally put in a textbook Mourinho performance,” says Michael Simpson. “I’m sure he’ll have warm words upstairs after the game.”

Ha, yes. This reminded me of some of those 4-0 wins at the start of the 2017-18 season: tight and nervous for most of the game, and then a blizzard of late, counter-attacking goals.

Full time: Manchester United 4-0 Chelsea

Peep peep! Manchester United start their season with a rousing, if flattering, thrashing of Chelsea. Marcus Rashford scored twice, with Anthony Martial – back in his old role at No9 – and the substitute Daniel James getting the others. Paul Pogba was his usual self: exasperating at times, imperious and devastating at others. Chelsea started the game superbly and passed it well, but their shoddy defending was punished ruthlessly.

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