UEFA Champions League final: Key players
Real Madrid has the tool needed to beat Liverpool and conquer the Champions League title the fourth time, but coach Zinedine Zidane is the main man to give them the freedom to operate if he wants to be successful in Kiev Stadium and this is the key players you may need to watch.
Ronaldo doesn't need to play well to have a big impact on the game as he is a threat on set pieces and also in open play. The Portuguese international can score goals out of nowhere and has an impressive total of 15 goals and 3 assists in UEFA Champions League are not enough to describe the invaluable talent he has.
2) Marcelo Vieira
There is no other player like Marcelo, he is creative and has the ability to catch the defenders off guard. The 30-year-old is extremely valuable, he can change the game even if he comes off the bench. The Brazil international will be a key player if Los Blancos want to dismantle Klopp’s defense.
Isco is not expected to start, but the Spain international can come off from the bench and create chances, he has the ability to dribble past opponents without needing space to run, and this is something Zidane can use if he can't find the way to create chances.
4) Luka Modric
Modric has the skill and organizational ability at the service in the midfield, but he can also help out with defensive tasks and plays the ball out from the back to begin the attack. He is a versatile player who provides plenty of options for the team.
5) Sergio Ramos
Since arriving at Madrid Ramos has been a key player and has played both central defense and as a right back. The Spain international strength has made him the revelation of La Liga in the 2004/05 season. His defensive abilities are completed by his speed, his power shooting, and his goalscoring instincts.
The Merseyside club, who have won the European Cup five times, beat AS Roma in the semi-finals to advance to a showpiece clash against holders Real Madrid. This is the key players who might change the game at Kiev stadium under Jurgen Klopp.
Salah joined Liverpool last summer from Roma is enjoyed a phenomenal summer scoring 41 goals in all competitions already this season. He is believed to have an outside chance at the Ballon d’Or if Liverpool beat Real Madrid on Saturday at Kiev stadium.
Virgil Van Dijk
Since Van Dijk joined Liverpool in the January transfer window, he has given his impact by commanding Liverpool’s back-line and has almost single-handedly improved their defensive record. He’s an imposing figure, strong in a tackle and quick in thought, reading the game excellently.
Firmino is a hardworking player selflessly shouldered and his much of attacking, he has the strength and ability to handle critical situation off and on the pitch. The Brazilian international will look to inflict more ‘pain’ on Real Madrid.
Mane might have had a bit of fortune for the first, but his confidence and effectiveness on the ball soared thereafter and he was a constant threat for the Reds. An outlet on the counter, hard-working defensively and ruthless with his finishing, Mane ended up with the match ball and the man of the match award.