The 2021/22 Champions League final has been finely poised following Real Madrid’s ridiculous comeback against Man City in the semi-final on Wednesday. With the Spaniards taking on Liverpool in the final on 28th May, it surely promises to be a cracking affair to top off what has been an extremely entertaining UCL this season.
With either Liverpool or Madrid having reached the pinnacle in 5 of the last 7 finals, it will be a clash between two of the strongest European sides in history and the present.
While the game promises to be a feast for the eyes, it is not one without its own subplots. Real Madrid enjoys a 7/7 win record in European finals currently and the last European final they lost was indeed against Liverpool in 1981 which was also coincidentally hosted in Paris.
The upcoming final will also be a rematch of the 2017/18 UCL final which Real won 3-1 following a brace off the bench from Gareth Bale after Liverpool keeper Loris Karius endured a horrendous night in goal.
It was also a night to forget for Mo Salah as he famously went off injured after coming together with ex-Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos.
It was not the way the Egyptian would have wanted his first European final to go as he watched helplessly from the sidelines as Real ran out victors completing their ‘threepeat.’
But it is a completely different Salah and Liverpool who Los Blancos will be going up against. Having won the competition in the very next year and the Premier League in 2020, Liverpool and Salah have been on the rise for the past couple of years.
With 32 goals and 16 assists this season in all competitions, the Egyptian has led the English side from the front as they remain in the hunt for a quadruple this season, with Real standing in the way of achieving one of the three remaining trophies in their sights.
Following Liverpool’s win against Villarreal on Tuesday, Salah was quick to give his opinion on who he wanted to face in the final as the Egyptian picked Madrid over City as his desired opponent as he has unfinished business with them.
With Salah getting his wish, the Liverpool talisman was quick to send a message out to Madrid as he took to his social media accounts to challenge the finalists.
Salah posted a few photos from the Villareal game along with a targeted caption of “We have a score to settle.”
The post came barely 20 minutes after referee Daniele Orsato blew the full-time whistle at the Bernabeu which is testimony to how attentive Salah was to the semi-final.
While Madrid would now be still celebrating their dramatic win over City, they would also be attuned to Salah and Liverpool’s challenge who would be coming at Los Blancos with revenge in mind in Paris on the 28th of May.