Liverpool and Rookie Tottenham, 'disabled' by Manchester City to win internally, seek on Saturday in Madrid, European glory in the second final 100% English Champions League football.
In Wanda Metropolitano, two teams that "no longer remember" to be English champions, and who almost fell in the group stage, fight to succeed the three times champion Real Madrid, in the certainty that the trophy will continue for the 13th time, and seven years later (Chelsea's victory in 2011/12), to 'his majesty' lands.
Finalists last season, defeated 3-1 by the Real, on a disastrous day of their former goalkeeper Lóris Karius, the 'reds', who count five scepters in eight finals, set off as favorites at a time when they have already beaten two times the 'spurs'.
On September 15, 2018, they won 2-1 in London, with goals from Wijnaldum and Firmino, with Lamela already reduced in the rebates, and on 31 March at Anfield the result was repeated, with Alderweireld 90 minutes with an own goal.
The group that the German Jürgen Klopp leads four years ago has this psychological advantage, and, overall, also made a much more consistent season than the training commanded five years ago by the Argentine Mauricio Pochettino.
The 'reds' won 37 (71.2%) of the 52 games played and lost only seven (13.5%), while the 'spurs' won only 33 (57.9%) out of 57 and suffered 19 losses , 3%).
The truth is that Klopp and Pochettino arrive with the white record in front of the Champions finalists, and for either one the 'almost' will finally become a title, such for the clubs that guide .
Liverpool won their 59th and final 'caneco' in 2011/12 by winning the English League, also the last trophy to enter, for more than a decade (2007/08), for Tottenham's 'showcases' .
In terms of European competitions, the reds need to go back to 2005, when they won the Champions League, after a sensational recovery against AC Milan (3-2 on penalties, 3-3 at the end of extra time and 0- 3 at half-time), and then the European Super Cup (3-1 to CSKA Moscow).
For their part, Tottenham need to be back on the 'time machine' for more than 30 years until 1983/84, when they beat Anderlecht's Belgians in the UEFA Cup final.
One or the other will end the 'malapata', at a time when they were often close to dropping out of the Champions League, even in the group stage, both reaching the final with four defeats, the worst record in the 'eighth' era 2003/04).
Liverpool and Tottenham secured only the eighth rounds in the last round and both finished second in their respective groups, on a par with thirds, curiously two Italian teams, both in-extremis.
The 'reds' finished the same as Naples, who won 1-0 in the last round while the Spurs added up to the same eight as Inter Milan after drawing 1-1 at Nou Camp and benefiting from the same result of the Milanese in reception to PSV Eindhoven.
Then, to eliminate, Liverpool passed Bayern with a clear 3-1 in Munich, after 'null' home, 'strolled' against FC Porto (6-1 in the set of both games) and managed the 'miracle' FC Barcelona, with a homely 4-0, after a 0-3 at Nou Camp.
Borussia Dortmund (3-0 at home and 1-0 away), but then 'penou' against Manchester City (1-0) -0 at home and 3-4 away) with Llorente's salvage goal and Ajax (0-1 at home and 3-2 away, 0-2) thanks to a hat-trick by Brazilian Lucas Moura , completed at 90 + 6 minutes.
They will also have 'taken' with two huge displays of Lionel Messi, who scored twice in Wembley's 4-2 win at FC Barcelona and also a 3-0 home win against Liverpool, but will have to be content with the 'sixth crown' best scorer.
The Argentine will not be in the Spanish capital, but there will be no shortage of 'stars' on both sides, even though Liverpool have already reactivated Salah and Firmino and Tottenham should also have their big figure, the spearhead Harry Kane.
The final of the Champions League 2018/19 edition, between the English teams Liverpool and Tottenham, takes place on Saturday, starting at 21:00 local time (20:00 in Lisbon), with refereeing from the Slovenian Damir Skomina.