The UCL and Conference League finals result marks the success of Italian football as Real Madrid and AS Roma beat their oppositions to lift the trophy.
Real Madrid clinched their 14th Champions League title after defeating Liverpool again 1-0. Throughout the game, Carlo Ancelotti eventually turned to his root, Italian defensive style, while taking on The Reds. Jurgen Klopp’s side apparent was inspired by Barcelona’s victorious win in Bernabeu in the last El Classico this season. They employed ball possession, high defence line and taking control of the pace of the game, instead of the usual quick counter pressing. Los Blancos opted to sit deep instead with occasional attempt to strike back relying on Vinicius Junior’s pace and Benzema’s positioning. As a result, Mo Salah and Co had more shots on goal with at least three decent chances from Sadio Mane’s strike hitting the crossbar and Mo Salah’s attempts. Unfortunately, their backline relied too much on the man-to-man marking instead of piling up players around the penalty box. The Uruguayan international, Federico Valverde, moved to press on the right side and pass the ball to the far left. The Brazilian youngster was unmarked and slotted it home easily. Thibault Cortois was in-form too and did his part to frustrate The Reds’ forwards.
This is Don Carlo’s second silverware for Real Madrid this season, as well as his second triumph for Los Merengues in UCL after his first season in Bernabeu in 2013/14 season. Overall, the former Everton boss has clinched four Champions League title after 2003 and 2007 with AC Milan. Whereas, Liverpool failed to accomplish their treble mission and fulfil their revenge for 2018 failure. It was certainly more devastating for Mo Salah who had been so motivated to crush Madrid.
Liverpool vs Real Madrid 0-1
Goals: Vinicius Jr (59)
Liverpool: Alisson Brecker – Virgil Van Dijk, Ibrahim Konate, Trent Alex-Arnold, Andrew Robertson – Jordan Henderson (Naby Keita 77), Thiago Alcantara (Roberto Firmino (77), Fabinho – Sadio Mane, Mo Salah, Luiz Diaz (Diogo Jota 65)
Real Madrid: Thibault Cortois – Eder Militao, David Alaba, Dani Carvajal, Ferland Mendy – Toni Kroos, Luka Modric (Dani Ceballos 90), Casemiro – Federico Valverde (Edu Camavinga 85), Karim Benzema, Vinicius Jr
Meanwhile, AS Roma as predicted won their first European title in the first edition of Conference League. Giallorossi won over Feyernoord 1-0 through Nicolo Zaniolo’s goal at the first half. Jose Mourinho employed the typical Italian tactic, sitting deep with counter attack. Arne Slots’ men had a number of chances, with two of them hitting the goal frame. The Portuguese boss knew how to optimise their potential since the Dutch side never changed their offensive 4-3-3, which has been traditionally easy to tame with defensive 3-4-2-1. It is Mourinho’s fifth continental trophy after two UCL titles with Porto in 2004 and Inter Milan in 2010, and two Europa League titles with Porto in 2003 and Manchester United in 2017. He is officially the third manager who has won titles in three European competitions following Giovanni Trappatoni and Udo Lattek.