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Roberto Carlos expects close Champions League final as Spurs face Liverpool

Roberto Carlos expects close Champions League final as Spurs face Liverpool

And while scepticism has greeted the perfection of Manchester City's star-studded squad in England, approval has also followed Liverpool and Tottenham's nurturing of youngsters. With nearly fully fit squads on both sides of the aisle, onlookers should get a treat to some of the most attractive football being played in the game right now.

The security measures for the Champions League include more than 4,700 security personnel, drones to monitor fan activity, and extensive security checks before entering Wanda Metropolitano Stadium.

But any admiration still comes with an asterisk.

Pochettino has tended to bristle at suggestions his team have a habit for coming close but failing to get over the line.

"They were really good professionals from day one until the last minute", said Benitez.

He added: "Liverpool will put on a performance, but that's what they've done all year".

"It didn't happen yet", said Klopp in April. All three of us - me, Gary, and Harry's sister Milli - were stood there crying as he shut the front door. "Such a literate and passionate fan base that when you watch what goes on at Anfield it makes you want to root for this club".

Facing Liverpool's risky front three of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane is a scary prospect for any team but Tottenham, who have not won a trophy since 2008, are determined to make up for in spirit what they lack in squad depth and have their own danger men, not just Kane but the likes of semi-final hero Lucas Moura and the club's player of the season Son Heung-min.

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"The fans, they know that they're both good players". In the Spurs squad, only Toby Alderweireld has played on this stage, losing with Atletico Madrid in 2014.

Spurs are hopeful that talisman Harry Kane will be fit after recovering from an ankle injury, but Ben Davies misses out and there are doubts over Victor Wanyama.

"Sort of like going back to the Champions League final this year was something that our team set their minds to".

Spurs were trailing 3-0 on aggregate at half-time in the second leg against Ajax but a Lucas Moura hat-trick saw them through.

"The players that we have acquired over the last couple of years have also been a flawless match".

Injured after half an hour of last year's showdown with Real Madrid, the supremely talented No.11 has an extra bit of motivation having earned another shot at landing the European Cup.

Origi replaced Salah after the Egyptian had a concussion in a game against Newcastle in the Premier League just before the second leg against Barcelona in the Champions League semifinals.

Imperious in the air, cool in the tackle and confident in possession, Van Dijk has faced Tottenham three times since making the switch to Liverpool last season and has never lost - winning twice and drawing once.


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