Real Madrid faces Liverpool on Saturday in the UEFA Champions League final in Kiev, Ukraine. Madrid is in the final four the third year in a row, and the fourth time in five years. Liverpool last played in the final in 2007.
How to watch: In the United States, the game will kick off at 2:45 p.m. Eastern on Fox Sports and ESPN Deportes. If you’re reading in another country, you can find your viewing options here.
• Goals. Liverpool set a tournament record this season with 46. Their player to watch is Mohamed Salah, the Egyptian striker who led the Premier League in scoring and has 44 goals in all competitions. Real Madrid counters with its Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo, the leading scorer in Champions League history (120 goals in 152 appearances).
• Ronaldo scored 15 goals in 12 Champions League games this season. One more on Saturday would make him the only player to score in four Champions League finals.
• Real Madrid is looking to extend its record by winning a 13th Champions League title, and to become the first team since Bayern Munich (1974-76) to claim three in a row.
• “We’ll never live this again,” Real Madrid Manager Zinedine Zidane said Friday. “We’ll live other moments but we’ll never have today and tomorrow again. We need to take advantage. If there’s pressure, well, that’s life. It makes it better.”
• Liverpool is chasing its sixth trophy, which would move it ahead on Bayern Munich and Barcelona on the all-time list. Only Madrid and A.C. Milan, with seven, have more. The Reds’ last visit to the final was in 2007 (a loss to Milan). Their last triumph was in 2005, when Liverpool rallied from a 3-0 halftime deficit to beat Milan on penalties — a game that has become known as the Miracle of Istanbul.
• “This club has it in its DNA to win big things,” Liverpool Manager Jurgen Klopp said Friday. “We are here because we are Liverpool. We cannot try to fight on their level, but tactics in football are there to bring an opponent onto your level.”
• “You’ll Never Walk Alone” is Liverpool’s most famous song, but you may hear another one over and over today. It’s “Allez Allez Allez,” and Rory tracked it to its source in 1980s Italian disco earlier this week.
Online, a Battle of Hype Videos
Social media is just another way top clubs keep themselves connected these days, and Real Madrid and Liverpool have been pumping out the content all day.
Real Madrid, so far, has stressed its stars, its goals and the club’s unmatched Champions League history