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Champions League final: ‘We will be there’ next year, says victorious Klopp



After a standout amongst the most exciting and capricious Champions League seasons in memory, Saturday’s last was intended to be the excellent finale.

Rather, it was a sodden squib.

The previous couple of months saw the ascent of an upstart Ajax side that wrecked shielding champion Real Madrid in its own home, an overachieving Spurs side that achieved the last without chief Harry Kane and without another marking all year, and two of the best Champions League rebounds ever.

Liverpool and Tottenham had played the absolute most elating football in Europe this season, including a couple of three-objective rebounds that took them to the Champions League last.

Be that as it may, regardless of whether it was the heaviness of the event, the stifling Madrid heat, or the problematic three-week break, the last didn’t satisfy its charging.

By all accounts, Tottenham was the better side — or at least the side in control — for much of the game.With 62% possession and eight shots on target to Liverpool’s three, Tottenham won the statistical battle, except where it really mattered.Liverpool’s ecstatic manager Jurgen Klopp, fresh from breaking his six-game losing streak in major finals, had no problem with that. “I played a lot more finals than I won,” he said after the game. “And I always played the better football. I don’t want to explain why we won it, I just want to enjoy winning it.”On the other side, I know how Tottenham feel in this moment better than anybody else in the world.”They played a sensational season and would have deserved it as well. I told Poch (Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino) they should be really proud of what they achieved this season.”

‘The last is tied in with winning’

Questions have waited over Pochettino’s future at Tottenham for most of two years.

After the last, the Argentine offered no affirmations he would stay at the club next season, yet applauded the vision of Spurs’ possession and the board.

Tottenham’s season included the disclosing of a shining new arena in March, however the undertaking genuinely happened as intended on Saturday night, Pochettino said.

He gladly and properly called attention to he had “burned through zero” on this side over the previous year and not just went up against groups that burned through several millions, yet additionally showed signs of improvement of them.

“You can interpret things in different ways,” Pochettino told the assembled media. “People want to compare me with other managers, but we are different managers, in different places with different pressures.”After five years at Tottenham, the project was clear. Our ambition has been amazing and the commitment from our players was amazing.”Now it’s about staying calm and changing the mood and our minds.”The 47-year-old made it clear, however, that not winning a trophy this season will sting, despite all the progress his club has made. “The final is about winning,” he said. “It’s not about deserving it or playing well. It’s about winning. Nobody will remember that we deserved it more.”

‘It’s emotional and overwhelming’

While Tottenham players head back to north London battered but with their heads held high, Liverpool return to the north of England where the party of the decade awaits them.Tens of thousands are expected to line the streets as Liverpool parade the Champions League trophy on an open-top bus through the city.Virgil van Dijk, Liverpool’s talismanic defender and the final’s man of the match, is bracing himself for some serious celebrating.”It’s going to be a difficult couple of nights,” he grinned, beer already in hand.Klopp also knows a thing or two about celebrations. He admitted after the game he was drunk by the time he left the pitch after guiding former club Borussia Dortmund to the Bundesliga title.

“Going to Liverpool and having something to celebrate is big,” he said. “It’s emotional, overwhelming, and it feels really good.”Next year’s final returns to the site of Liverpool’s most memorable Champions League triumph.Fifteen years on from “that night” — a three-goal comeback against AC Milan that ended in a penalty shootout — the Champions League final is back in Istanbul.”Sometimes we carry the burden of history. Istanbul will be a target,” Klopp said, before adding a dose of pressure for next season. “I told UEFA already, we will be there.”


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




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




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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