This year’s UEFA Champions League (UCL) semifinal games will not be forgotten in a long time. It’s not every season that football fans witness two amazing comebacks in successive nights.
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) May 8, 2019
Liverpool’s win over Barcelona and Tottenham edging out Ajax via the away goal rule are football tales that will remain in football folklore forever. In a few years from now, kids all over the world will gather round YouTube channels to relive the glorious nights in Liverpool and Ajax respectively.
There’s just one more game left before the 2018/2019 UCL season is over.
That game will be an all-English final between Liverpool and Tottenham. It’s the first all-English final in the UCL since 2008 when Chelsea and Manchester United faced off in Moscow. While we await the final in June, there are so many conclusions and questions still up for discuss.
Let’s start with the Questions:
- Is Mauricio Pochettino Now One of the Top 5 Managers in the World?
Spurs have endured a bad patch of form in recent time. This almost put their top four hopes in doubt and raised questions about Pochettino being rated as one of the top managers in football today.
After enduring two transfer windows without new additions and having brought an injury-ravaged, suspension-depleted side this far, surely the Argentine can be ranked as one of the best in Europe and also the world, right?
- Which Comeback Was Better?
This year’s UCL semifinal was all about comebacks. It was mostly about teams overturning large and impossible odds stacked against them.
Congratulations 👏👏 @SpursOfficial
— Luka Modrić (@lukamodric10) May 8, 2019
In England, Liverpool did the unthinkable: silenced the G.O.A.T and scored four un-replied goals. In the Netherlands, a Lucas Moura hattrick was enough to see Tottenham through to their first-ever UEFA Champions League final.
Which of these two English sides pulled off the better comeback?
- All-English Final: Is the Premier League Now the Best League in the World?
UCL finals, for the past decade, has been largely dominated by Spanish sides with a mix of the Germans and a pinch of Inter Milan and Juventus. It took the Premier League sides over decade to get their acts together and achieve an all-English UCL final.
Tottenham and Liverpool in the Champions League final will be like pic.twitter.com/l3BmsaMevy
— Troll Football (@TrollFootball) May 9, 2019
Now that we have two Premier League sides in the final, does this imply that the league is the best in the world now? Producing the two finalists in the UCL is has to be enough to rate the league as the best now, right?
- Will the Next World Best Player Come from These Finalists?
It’s the first time since 2013 that a UCL final will not feature either Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. It’s going to feature the likes of Mohamed Salah, Virgil van Dijk, Lucas Moura, et al.
Is there any possibility that any of these names can become the next world best footballer? Can you imagine Mohamed Salah or Saido Mane being crowned the best footballer of the year?
- Who Will Win the UCL Trophy?
Saved the best for last.
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) May 9, 2019
General belief was that whoever survived the Liverpool-Barcelona tie would be favorites to win the UCL trophy. It’s unsure how much of that is still true now with Tottenham making it into the finals. Both sides know how to play each other.
Both teams have scored in eight of the last 10 PL meetings between both sides. Four of those meetings have ended in a draw. It will be Liverpool’s second UCL final appearance in a row. It’s Tottenham’s first!
Will Jurgen Klopp’s hard luck in finals as a Liverpool manager continue? Will the Pochettino dream continue till the end?
Can you answer any of these questions? We’d love to hear from you. Leave us your comments and share your thoughts with us.
Author: Rotimi “Papi the Great” Daramola
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