UEFA’s UCL squad of the season is out and features 11 players from English clubs out of 20. For the first time in over a decade, it was an all England final in UEFA Champions League. The two teams reaching the final, in extraordinary manner were Tottenham and Liverpool. While Liverpool were four years in the making for the Champions of Europe tag, Tottenham had built their run on the back of a five year grand plan with Pochettino.
The match was won by a comfortable margin by Liverpool in not so comfortable circumstances of the Madrid final. Salah opened the scoring from an early first minute penalty. The second Liverpool goal came courtesy surprise ‘Champions League Hero’ of the season: Divock Origi.
Tottenham lost the Champions League Final by a 2-0 margin in Madrid. This loss to compatriot Liverpool leaves Tottenham perhaps on the cusp of uncertainty as there are increasing rumours of a move away from Spurs for Pochettino.
He was apointed way back in 2014 and has become one of the longest serving managers in the league right now. Consistently performing and improving the performance as the seasons went by. This run though was squeezed out of despair in the group stages. Tottenham suffered against the likes of Inter Milan.
Liverpool though were the undoubted story of the season going into the final. They were mauled 3-0 at the Nou Camp and mostly nobody gave them a chance but they absolutely steamrolled Barcelona at Anfield. Right from the first minute till the last.
The following players from English clubs feature in the UCL squad of the season
- Sadio Mane
- Andy Rob
- Giorginio Wijnaldum
- Van Dijk
- Trent Alexander Arnold
- Lucas Moura
- Raheeem Sterling
- Kevin De Bruyne
That is six players from Liverpool, three from Tottenham Hotspur and two from Man City in the Champions League squad of the season.
The Miracle of Anfield was followed neatly by a dream final victory. It takes Liverpool total Champions League trophy collections to 6. Behind the likes of AC Milan and Real Madrid.