In case you have been living under a rock, the Champions League Final between Real Madrid and Liverpool is TOMORROW (get hype!). As the pre-match press conferences take place, Jurgen Klopp said something pretty interesting:
”Experience is very important and I’m pretty sure that, before the game, Real will be more confident than we are in the final second, but that’s not a problem because game does not end in that second, it only starts.
”We have had two weeks to prepare, analyse our opponent and watch Real and they are really strong. When you see Real Madrid play you say ‘wow, they are really strong’ but they never played us.”
That seems to sum up the story of the game right there. Real Madrid have been in three of the last four finals, and won all three, including going back-to-back. This would be a threepeat if they win against Liverpool. Meanwhile, Liverpool is the team with the improbable run, and the revelation of the season in Mo Salah. It’s sure to be an entertaining game, too, as both teams are better attacking than defending, and the field will be littered with superstars.
Now that Mauricio Pochettino has signed a contract extension with Tottenham until 2023, the next step is to bolster the squad, who finished third place in the Premier League this season, with the intent of being more competitive in the league and in the UCL. Pochettino’s targets are reportedly Manchester United’s Anthony Martial, Fulham’s Ryan Sessegnon and Ajax’s teenage defender Matthijs de Ligt. Martial, of course, is pretty out of favor with Jose Mourinho, to the point where he did not even make the France roster for the World Cup. Sessegnon has burst onto the scene for Fulham, and de Ligt is already a star for Ajax. These signings, though, are just part of an overhaul in the summer, as Toby Alderweireld may leave for United, with Danny Rose, Fernando Llorente, and Moussa Dembele also possibly leaving.
FC Cincinnati announced on Thursday that they will hold a special event next Tuesday, May 29, to make “a significant announcement about the future of soccer in Cincinnati.“ Don Garber will be there, as will Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley, FCC majority owner Carl H. Lindner III and club President and GM Jeff Berding. I’ll give you a guess as to what this means: FC Cincinnati is going to be announced as the next MLS expansion club. Nashville was announced in December as the first of this next round of expansion, followed by Beckham’s Miami franchise officially being announced. Reports also say that FCC would be ready to start play in 2019.
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