Champions League Final: Tottenham and Liverpool eager to snap trophy drought

Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool face a date with destiny on June 1 as they meet in Madrid in the final of the Champions League.

Both sides have qualified for next season’s competition via their league position, but each will be eager to end the current campaign by claiming the prestigious trophy.

The match is also hugely important for the respective managers, with neither Mauricio Pochettino or Jurgen Klopp winning any silverware during their time in the English game.

Read on as we assess their chances of success in the Champions League Final.

Pochettino set for Spurs farewell?

Mauricio Pochettino was guarded on the topic of his future as Spurs manager after his side came from 3-0 down to beat Ajax on away goals in the semi-final.

Pochettino admitted that a Champions League triumph would be the perfect way to end his time in charge of the club, although he stopped short of saying he was leaving.

However, with Juventus parting company with Massimiliano Allegri, speculation has mounted that Pochettino could be on his way to Turin.

That would be a major blow his current club who are eager to kick-on now they have moved into their new stadium.

If Pochettino was to leave Spurs it would perhaps give him a little time to recharge his batteries by using Royal Ascot betting offers during June, before moving into the hotseat in Turin.

The Argentine has done well to guide Spurs to the final after seeing his side make a slow start to the competition.

They drew at Barcelona in their final group match to make it through to the round of 16 where they demolished Borussia Dortmund.

Subsequent away goal victories over Manchester City and Ajax highlighted the character Pochettino has instilled in his squad and it would be no surprise to see Spurs win the Champions League.

It’s time for Klopp to deliver

It is fair to say that Liverpool are much-improved under Jurgen Klopp, but the German now desperately needs a trophy to silence any remaining doubters.

The Reds pushed Man City all the way in the Premier League title race, but too many draws at an important part of the season proved to be their undoing.

Many pundits have argued that Klopp should not be judged on silverware alone, yet those views fly in the face of Liverpool’s ethos.

As the late, great Bill Shankly once said, “if you are first you are first, if you are second, you are nothing” and that still holds true for a club of Liverpool’s stature.

Klopp’s side were outclassed by Real Madrid in last year’s final and they appeared to be suffering a hangover from that during the group stage this time around.

A 1-0 victory in their final group game against Napoli booked their place in the last 16, but they had been largely unimpressive during the opening phase.

Liverpool stepped things up in the knockout stage, disposing of Bayern Munich and Porto before recovering from a three-goal deficit to beat Barcelona 4-3 on aggregate in the semi-finals.

The Reds are now favourites to win the Champions League final, but that tag could prove troublesome to a team and manager who need to demonstrate they are capable of winning trophies.

Champions League Final: Tottenham and Liverpool eager to snap trophy drought

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