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What is it? Real Madrid and Liverpool will compete in the final of the European Cup - for the first time since 1981 - in a mouth-watering match to decide who will be awarded the coveted Champions League trophy. The defending champions and 12-time winners Real are bidding for their third successive title while Liverpool are seeking the sixth in their history. When is it? Saturday, May 26, 2018. Where is it? The 2018 Champions League final will be held at the NSC Olimpiyskiy Stadium in Kiev, Ukraine. It is the home of Dynamo Kiev. The stadium previously hosted the Euro 2012 final and holds a maximum capacity of 63,000 - the second largest in eastern Europe. What time is kick-off? 7.45pm BST. What TV channel is it on? BT Sport 1. But you can also watch the match for free on the BT Sport app or via BTSport.com or follow the game here with Telegraph Sport. Liverpool in Europe: Finals ranked and rated What happened in the semi-finals? In the first semi, Bayern Munich goalkeeper Sven Ulreich committed a huge blunder as holders Real edged into the final. Ulreich missed a backpass to gift a vital second goal to Karim Benzema at the Bernabeu Stadium, and the Frenchman's double in a pulsating 2-2 draw ensured Real progressed 4-3 on aggregate. Bayern had led early through Joshua Kimmich and a strike from James Rodriguez - who is on loan at the German club from Real - set up a tense finish. However, the hosts withstood considerable pressure to keep their bid for a third successive title on track. Just confirming this actually happened and is not a FIFA '18 bugpic.twitter.com/nNsfSDZvm4— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) May 1, 2018 The following night, Liverpool set up a repeat of their 1981 meeting against Real despite a first Champions League defeat of the season at the Stadio Olimpico. A chaotic 4-2 semi-final second leg loss to Roma saw Liverpool progress 7-6 on aggregate, with victory secured thanks to Sadio Mane's 19th of the season and the rare sight of Georginio Wijnaldum's first away goal in almost three years. A fortuitous own goal by James Milner inbetween had put the hosts back in the game, while Edin Dzeko's strike shortly after half-time ensured the Reds endured a testing conclusion and two late goals for Radja Nainngolan - including a penalty with the last kick of the game - came too late for Roma. Roma v Liverpool Can I still get tickets? The window for buying standard tickets is now closed. It ran on Uefa's website from March 15-22. Hospitality tickets are still on sale on Uefa's website, with prices starting from €3,200 per person. How do I get to Kiev? The City has two airports, Zhulyany (8km south-west of the city centre) and Boryspil International (35km east). Public transport includes buses, trolleybuses, trams and an ever-expanding metro system. Blaggers guide to speaking Ukrainian (source Uefa.com) Hello: Привіт – pree-vee'-t How are you?: Як справи? – yak spra'-vee Please: Будь ласка – bood la'-skah Thank you: Дякую – dja-ku'-yu Goodbye: До побачення – doh po-bah'-chen-ya Where is the stadium?: Де знаходиться стадіон? – de zna-kho'-dee-tsja sta-dee-on' Goal: Гол – Ghol Most European Cups What are they saying? Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has said his team will be "on fire" for the final: "We were in a League Cup final and didn't win it. People don't tell me in the street since then: 'Thank you for bringing us to the final'. We were in the Europa League final too. Nobody tells me thank you. "I see no trophies after these games. They don't hang silver medals at Melwood. That's a pity, but that's the game. There's still a job to do. "You cannot be more experienced in this competition than Real Madrid. "I think 80 per cent of their team played all these finals. They are four times in the last five years and still together. They are experienced, we are not, but we will be really on fire." Liverpool vs Real Madrid: Head-to-head Road to the final Zinedine Zidane's side won their first two games but a home draw with Tottenham followed by a loss at Wembley meant they finished second in their group. Despite failing behind to Paris St Germain at the Bernabeu, they won 5-2 on aggregate in the last 16 then overcame an almighty scare against Juventus, advancing thanks to Cristiano Ronaldo's last-gasp penalty despite a 3-1 home loss. A semi-final first leg victory in Munich proved pivotal as a 2-2 draw with Bayern in Spain got them over the line. Liverpool had to come through a qualifying round against Hoffenheim and then drew the opening two games in their group. They also threw away a three-goal lead against Sevilla in a 3-3 draw but thumped both Maribor and Spartak Moscow to finish top of Group E. They beat Porto 5-0 in the first leg of their last-16 tie, won both legs in the all-English clash with Manchester City and then saw off Roma 7-6 on aggregate following a 5-2 first-leg win at Anfield. Who fizzed and who flopped in the Champions League semi-final decider? Star men Real have the current Ballon d'or winner. Liverpool may have the next one. Cristiano Ronaldo is the Champions League's all-time leading scorer - with 120 goals, Real Madrid's all-time top scorer and a four-time winner of the competition. Ronaldo, who turned 33 this year, has scored 42 club goals this season. Yet Mohamed Salah has already exceeded that tally. The former Roma winger has enjoyed an incredible first season at Anfield, becoming just the third player in Liverpool history to score 40-plus goals in a single season and winning a slew of personal accolades. If he can outshine Ronaldo in Kiev, the ultimate individual prize may be next. Managers Zidane and Jurgen Klopp have experienced contrasting fortunes in finals. The former has won both of the Champions League finals he has been involved in as a boss. Meanwhile, Klopp has lost his previous five finals as a manage, including in the Europa League against Sevilla two seasons ago. Jurgen Klopp celebrates with his players Credit: GETTY IMAGES Tactics Real have not been as dominant as previous seasons, when their BBC (Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema and Ronaldo) strikeforce was in full flow and Luka Modric and Toni Kroos ran the midfield. This team is more pragmatic. Centre-backs Sergio Ramos and Raphael Varane and defensive midfielder Casemiro form a strong spine and Zidane can usually rely on Ronaldo for a moment of magic. Klopp's gegenpressing style has been used to devastating effect this year thanks to the relentless front three of Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane. Liverpool will pin their hopes on that trio and their harassing style. History This is a meeting of the two of the most decorated clubs in the competition's history. No team has won more European Cups than Real Madrid's 12. Los Blancos won five in a row between 1956 and 1960 and last year they become the first club to retain the title in the Champions League era. Only Real and AC Milan have won more European Cups than Liverpool. The five-time winners' most recent success came in an astonishing 2005 final against AC Milan, who exacted revenge in the 2007 final. The Reds also beat Real in the 1981 final when Alan Kennedy scored the winner. Goals aplenty made Roma vs Liverpool a semi-final to sing and dance about Salah vs Ronaldo: A comparison Liverpool and Real Madrid will be looking to Mohamed Salah and Cristiano Ronaldo to make the difference for their respective teams on May 26. Here, we look at the numbers behind the two players' astonishing campaigns: Club appearances (all competitions): Salah (Liverpool) 49, Ronaldo (Real Madrid) 41 Club goals (all competitions): Salah 43, Ronaldo 42 Domestic league goals: Salah 31, Ronaldo 24 Domestic league assists: Salah 9, Ronaldo 5 Champions League goals (includes qualifiers): Salah 11, Ronaldo 15 Champions League assists (includes qualifiers): Salah 4, Ronaldo 2 Braces: Salah 7, Ronaldo 11 Hat-tricks: Salah 0, Ronaldo 1 Four goals in a game: Salah 1, Ronaldo 1 Longest scoring streak: Salah 7 games, Ronaldo 12 games Longest run without a goal: Salah 3 games, Ronaldo 3 games *Includes all competitive games except internationals. How Spanish sides have dominated past decade What are the odds? Real Madrid to win 6/5 Draw 11/4 Liverpool to win 2/1 What is our prediction? Real have not been as dominant as previous seasons, although they still managed to see off PSG, Juventus and Bayern Munich en route to the final. If Liverpool are to win, much will depend on their front three of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane and their harassing style. There will be goals aplenty, and this feels like Liverpool's time. Predicted score: Liverpool win 4-3 in extra time. Liverpool's Champions League campaign | In Numbers
Champions League final 2018: What time will Liverpool vs Real Madrid kick-off, what TV channel is it on and what is our prediction?
What is it? Real Madrid and Liverpool will compete in the final of the European Cup - for the first time since 1981 - in a mouth-watering match to decide who will be awarded the coveted Champions League trophy. The defending champions and 12-time winners Real are bidding for their third successive title while Liverpool are seeking the sixth in their history. When is it? Saturday, May 26, 2018. Where is it? The 2018 Champions League final will be held at the NSC Olimpiyskiy Stadium in Kiev, Ukraine. It is the home of Dynamo Kiev. The stadium previously hosted the Euro 2012 final and holds a maximum capacity of 63,000 - the second largest in eastern Europe. What time is kick-off? 7.45pm BST. What TV channel is it on? BT Sport 1. But you can also watch the match for free on the BT Sport app or via BTSport.com or follow the game here with Telegraph Sport. Liverpool in Europe: Finals ranked and rated What happened in the semi-finals? In the first semi, Bayern Munich goalkeeper Sven Ulreich committed a huge blunder as holders Real edged into the final. Ulreich missed a backpass to gift a vital second goal to Karim Benzema at the Bernabeu Stadium, and the Frenchman's double in a pulsating 2-2 draw ensured Real progressed 4-3 on aggregate. Bayern had led early through Joshua Kimmich and a strike from James Rodriguez - who is on loan at the German club from Real - set up a tense finish. However, the hosts withstood considerable pressure to keep their bid for a third successive title on track. Just confirming this actually happened and is not a FIFA '18 bugpic.twitter.com/nNsfSDZvm4— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) May 1, 2018 The following night, Liverpool set up a repeat of their 1981 meeting against Real despite a first Champions League defeat of the season at the Stadio Olimpico. A chaotic 4-2 semi-final second leg loss to Roma saw Liverpool progress 7-6 on aggregate, with victory secured thanks to Sadio Mane's 19th of the season and the rare sight of Georginio Wijnaldum's first away goal in almost three years. A fortuitous own goal by James Milner inbetween had put the hosts back in the game, while Edin Dzeko's strike shortly after half-time ensured the Reds endured a testing conclusion and two late goals for Radja Nainngolan - including a penalty with the last kick of the game - came too late for Roma. Roma v Liverpool Can I still get tickets? The window for buying standard tickets is now closed. It ran on Uefa's website from March 15-22. Hospitality tickets are still on sale on Uefa's website, with prices starting from €3,200 per person. How do I get to Kiev? The City has two airports, Zhulyany (8km south-west of the city centre) and Boryspil International (35km east). Public transport includes buses, trolleybuses, trams and an ever-expanding metro system. Blaggers guide to speaking Ukrainian (source Uefa.com) Hello: Привіт – pree-vee'-t How are you?: Як справи? – yak spra'-vee Please: Будь ласка – bood la'-skah Thank you: Дякую – dja-ku'-yu Goodbye: До побачення – doh po-bah'-chen-ya Where is the stadium?: Де знаходиться стадіон? – de zna-kho'-dee-tsja sta-dee-on' Goal: Гол – Ghol Most European Cups What are they saying? Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has said his team will be "on fire" for the final: "We were in a League Cup final and didn't win it. People don't tell me in the street since then: 'Thank you for bringing us to the final'. We were in the Europa League final too. Nobody tells me thank you. "I see no trophies after these games. They don't hang silver medals at Melwood. That's a pity, but that's the game. There's still a job to do. "You cannot be more experienced in this competition than Real Madrid. "I think 80 per cent of their team played all these finals. They are four times in the last five years and still together. They are experienced, we are not, but we will be really on fire." Liverpool vs Real Madrid: Head-to-head Road to the final Zinedine Zidane's side won their first two games but a home draw with Tottenham followed by a loss at Wembley meant they finished second in their group. Despite failing behind to Paris St Germain at the Bernabeu, they won 5-2 on aggregate in the last 16 then overcame an almighty scare against Juventus, advancing thanks to Cristiano Ronaldo's last-gasp penalty despite a 3-1 home loss. A semi-final first leg victory in Munich proved pivotal as a 2-2 draw with Bayern in Spain got them over the line. Liverpool had to come through a qualifying round against Hoffenheim and then drew the opening two games in their group. They also threw away a three-goal lead against Sevilla in a 3-3 draw but thumped both Maribor and Spartak Moscow to finish top of Group E. They beat Porto 5-0 in the first leg of their last-16 tie, won both legs in the all-English clash with Manchester City and then saw off Roma 7-6 on aggregate following a 5-2 first-leg win at Anfield. Who fizzed and who flopped in the Champions League semi-final decider? Star men Real have the current Ballon d'or winner. Liverpool may have the next one. Cristiano Ronaldo is the Champions League's all-time leading scorer - with 120 goals, Real Madrid's all-time top scorer and a four-time winner of the competition. Ronaldo, who turned 33 this year, has scored 42 club goals this season. Yet Mohamed Salah has already exceeded that tally. The former Roma winger has enjoyed an incredible first season at Anfield, becoming just the third player in Liverpool history to score 40-plus goals in a single season and winning a slew of personal accolades. If he can outshine Ronaldo in Kiev, the ultimate individual prize may be next. Managers Zidane and Jurgen Klopp have experienced contrasting fortunes in finals. The former has won both of the Champions League finals he has been involved in as a boss. Meanwhile, Klopp has lost his previous five finals as a manage, including in the Europa League against Sevilla two seasons ago. Jurgen Klopp celebrates with his players Credit: GETTY IMAGES Tactics Real have not been as dominant as previous seasons, when their BBC (Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema and Ronaldo) strikeforce was in full flow and Luka Modric and Toni Kroos ran the midfield. This team is more pragmatic. Centre-backs Sergio Ramos and Raphael Varane and defensive midfielder Casemiro form a strong spine and Zidane can usually rely on Ronaldo for a moment of magic. Klopp's gegenpressing style has been used to devastating effect this year thanks to the relentless front three of Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane. Liverpool will pin their hopes on that trio and their harassing style. History This is a meeting of the two of the most decorated clubs in the competition's history. No team has won more European Cups than Real Madrid's 12. Los Blancos won five in a row between 1956 and 1960 and last year they become the first club to retain the title in the Champions League era. Only Real and AC Milan have won more European Cups than Liverpool. The five-time winners' most recent success came in an astonishing 2005 final against AC Milan, who exacted revenge in the 2007 final. The Reds also beat Real in the 1981 final when Alan Kennedy scored the winner. Goals aplenty made Roma vs Liverpool a semi-final to sing and dance about Salah vs Ronaldo: A comparison Liverpool and Real Madrid will be looking to Mohamed Salah and Cristiano Ronaldo to make the difference for their respective teams on May 26. Here, we look at the numbers behind the two players' astonishing campaigns: Club appearances (all competitions): Salah (Liverpool) 49, Ronaldo (Real Madrid) 41 Club goals (all competitions): Salah 43, Ronaldo 42 Domestic league goals: Salah 31, Ronaldo 24 Domestic league assists: Salah 9, Ronaldo 5 Champions League goals (includes qualifiers): Salah 11, Ronaldo 15 Champions League assists (includes qualifiers): Salah 4, Ronaldo 2 Braces: Salah 7, Ronaldo 11 Hat-tricks: Salah 0, Ronaldo 1 Four goals in a game: Salah 1, Ronaldo 1 Longest scoring streak: Salah 7 games, Ronaldo 12 games Longest run without a goal: Salah 3 games, Ronaldo 3 games *Includes all competitive games except internationals. How Spanish sides have dominated past decade What are the odds? Real Madrid to win 6/5 Draw 11/4 Liverpool to win 2/1 What is our prediction? Real have not been as dominant as previous seasons, although they still managed to see off PSG, Juventus and Bayern Munich en route to the final. If Liverpool are to win, much will depend on their front three of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane and their harassing style. There will be goals aplenty, and this feels like Liverpool's time. Predicted score: Liverpool win 4-3 in extra time. Liverpool's Champions League campaign | In Numbers
What is it? Real Madrid and Liverpool will compete in the final of the European Cup - for the first time since 1981 - in a mouth-watering match to decide who will be awarded the coveted Champions League trophy. The defending champions and 12-time winners Real are bidding for their third successive title while Liverpool are seeking the sixth in their history. When is it? Saturday, May 26, 2018. Where is it? The 2018 Champions League final will be held at the NSC Olimpiyskiy Stadium in Kiev, Ukraine. It is the home of Dynamo Kiev. The stadium previously hosted the Euro 2012 final and holds a maximum capacity of 63,000 - the second largest in eastern Europe. What time is kick-off? 7.45pm BST. What TV channel is it on? BT Sport 1. But you can also watch the match for free on the BT Sport app or via BTSport.com or follow the game here with Telegraph Sport. Liverpool in Europe: Finals ranked and rated What happened in the semi-finals? In the first semi, Bayern Munich goalkeeper Sven Ulreich committed a huge blunder as holders Real edged into the final. Ulreich missed a backpass to gift a vital second goal to Karim Benzema at the Bernabeu Stadium, and the Frenchman's double in a pulsating 2-2 draw ensured Real progressed 4-3 on aggregate. Bayern had led early through Joshua Kimmich and a strike from James Rodriguez - who is on loan at the German club from Real - set up a tense finish. However, the hosts withstood considerable pressure to keep their bid for a third successive title on track. Just confirming this actually happened and is not a FIFA '18 bugpic.twitter.com/nNsfSDZvm4— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) May 1, 2018 The following night, Liverpool set up a repeat of their 1981 meeting against Real despite a first Champions League defeat of the season at the Stadio Olimpico. A chaotic 4-2 semi-final second leg loss to Roma saw Liverpool progress 7-6 on aggregate, with victory secured thanks to Sadio Mane's 19th of the season and the rare sight of Georginio Wijnaldum's first away goal in almost three years. A fortuitous own goal by James Milner inbetween had put the hosts back in the game, while Edin Dzeko's strike shortly after half-time ensured the Reds endured a testing conclusion and two late goals for Radja Nainngolan - including a penalty with the last kick of the game - came too late for Roma. Roma v Liverpool Can I still get tickets? The window for buying standard tickets is now closed. It ran on Uefa's website from March 15-22. Hospitality tickets are still on sale on Uefa's website, with prices starting from €3,200 per person. How do I get to Kiev? The City has two airports, Zhulyany (8km south-west of the city centre) and Boryspil International (35km east). Public transport includes buses, trolleybuses, trams and an ever-expanding metro system. Blaggers guide to speaking Ukrainian (source Uefa.com) Hello: Привіт – pree-vee'-t How are you?: Як справи? – yak spra'-vee Please: Будь ласка – bood la'-skah Thank you: Дякую – dja-ku'-yu Goodbye: До побачення – doh po-bah'-chen-ya Where is the stadium?: Де знаходиться стадіон? – de zna-kho'-dee-tsja sta-dee-on' Goal: Гол – Ghol Most European Cups What are they saying? Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has said his team will be "on fire" for the final: "We were in a League Cup final and didn't win it. People don't tell me in the street since then: 'Thank you for bringing us to the final'. We were in the Europa League final too. Nobody tells me thank you. "I see no trophies after these games. They don't hang silver medals at Melwood. That's a pity, but that's the game. There's still a job to do. "You cannot be more experienced in this competition than Real Madrid. "I think 80 per cent of their team played all these finals. They are four times in the last five years and still together. They are experienced, we are not, but we will be really on fire." Liverpool vs Real Madrid: Head-to-head Road to the final Zinedine Zidane's side won their first two games but a home draw with Tottenham followed by a loss at Wembley meant they finished second in their group. Despite failing behind to Paris St Germain at the Bernabeu, they won 5-2 on aggregate in the last 16 then overcame an almighty scare against Juventus, advancing thanks to Cristiano Ronaldo's last-gasp penalty despite a 3-1 home loss. A semi-final first leg victory in Munich proved pivotal as a 2-2 draw with Bayern in Spain got them over the line. Liverpool had to come through a qualifying round against Hoffenheim and then drew the opening two games in their group. They also threw away a three-goal lead against Sevilla in a 3-3 draw but thumped both Maribor and Spartak Moscow to finish top of Group E. They beat Porto 5-0 in the first leg of their last-16 tie, won both legs in the all-English clash with Manchester City and then saw off Roma 7-6 on aggregate following a 5-2 first-leg win at Anfield. Who fizzed and who flopped in the Champions League semi-final decider? Star men Real have the current Ballon d'or winner. Liverpool may have the next one. Cristiano Ronaldo is the Champions League's all-time leading scorer - with 120 goals, Real Madrid's all-time top scorer and a four-time winner of the competition. Ronaldo, who turned 33 this year, has scored 42 club goals this season. Yet Mohamed Salah has already exceeded that tally. The former Roma winger has enjoyed an incredible first season at Anfield, becoming just the third player in Liverpool history to score 40-plus goals in a single season and winning a slew of personal accolades. If he can outshine Ronaldo in Kiev, the ultimate individual prize may be next. Managers Zidane and Jurgen Klopp have experienced contrasting fortunes in finals. The former has won both of the Champions League finals he has been involved in as a boss. Meanwhile, Klopp has lost his previous five finals as a manage, including in the Europa League against Sevilla two seasons ago. Jurgen Klopp celebrates with his players Credit: GETTY IMAGES Tactics Real have not been as dominant as previous seasons, when their BBC (Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema and Ronaldo) strikeforce was in full flow and Luka Modric and Toni Kroos ran the midfield. This team is more pragmatic. Centre-backs Sergio Ramos and Raphael Varane and defensive midfielder Casemiro form a strong spine and Zidane can usually rely on Ronaldo for a moment of magic. Klopp's gegenpressing style has been used to devastating effect this year thanks to the relentless front three of Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane. Liverpool will pin their hopes on that trio and their harassing style. History This is a meeting of the two of the most decorated clubs in the competition's history. No team has won more European Cups than Real Madrid's 12. Los Blancos won five in a row between 1956 and 1960 and last year they become the first club to retain the title in the Champions League era. Only Real and AC Milan have won more European Cups than Liverpool. The five-time winners' most recent success came in an astonishing 2005 final against AC Milan, who exacted revenge in the 2007 final. The Reds also beat Real in the 1981 final when Alan Kennedy scored the winner. Goals aplenty made Roma vs Liverpool a semi-final to sing and dance about Salah vs Ronaldo: A comparison Liverpool and Real Madrid will be looking to Mohamed Salah and Cristiano Ronaldo to make the difference for their respective teams on May 26. Here, we look at the numbers behind the two players' astonishing campaigns: Club appearances (all competitions): Salah (Liverpool) 49, Ronaldo (Real Madrid) 41 Club goals (all competitions): Salah 43, Ronaldo 42 Domestic league goals: Salah 31, Ronaldo 24 Domestic league assists: Salah 9, Ronaldo 5 Champions League goals (includes qualifiers): Salah 11, Ronaldo 15 Champions League assists (includes qualifiers): Salah 4, Ronaldo 2 Braces: Salah 7, Ronaldo 11 Hat-tricks: Salah 0, Ronaldo 1 Four goals in a game: Salah 1, Ronaldo 1 Longest scoring streak: Salah 7 games, Ronaldo 12 games Longest run without a goal: Salah 3 games, Ronaldo 3 games *Includes all competitive games except internationals. How Spanish sides have dominated past decade What are the odds? Real Madrid to win 6/5 Draw 11/4 Liverpool to win 2/1 What is our prediction? Real have not been as dominant as previous seasons, although they still managed to see off PSG, Juventus and Bayern Munich en route to the final. If Liverpool are to win, much will depend on their front three of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane and their harassing style. There will be goals aplenty, and this feels like Liverpool's time. Predicted score: Liverpool win 4-3 in extra time. Liverpool's Champions League campaign | In Numbers
Champions League final 2018: What time will Liverpool vs Real Madrid kick-off, what TV channel is it on and what is our prediction?
What is it? Real Madrid and Liverpool will compete in the final of the European Cup - for the first time since 1981 - in a mouth-watering match to decide who will be awarded the coveted Champions League trophy. The defending champions and 12-time winners Real are bidding for their third successive title while Liverpool are seeking the sixth in their history. When is it? Saturday, May 26, 2018. Where is it? The 2018 Champions League final will be held at the NSC Olimpiyskiy Stadium in Kiev, Ukraine. It is the home of Dynamo Kiev. The stadium previously hosted the Euro 2012 final and holds a maximum capacity of 63,000 - the second largest in eastern Europe. What time is kick-off? 7.45pm BST. What TV channel is it on? BT Sport 1. But you can also watch the match for free on the BT Sport app or via BTSport.com or follow the game here with Telegraph Sport. Liverpool in Europe: Finals ranked and rated What happened in the semi-finals? In the first semi, Bayern Munich goalkeeper Sven Ulreich committed a huge blunder as holders Real edged into the final. Ulreich missed a backpass to gift a vital second goal to Karim Benzema at the Bernabeu Stadium, and the Frenchman's double in a pulsating 2-2 draw ensured Real progressed 4-3 on aggregate. Bayern had led early through Joshua Kimmich and a strike from James Rodriguez - who is on loan at the German club from Real - set up a tense finish. However, the hosts withstood considerable pressure to keep their bid for a third successive title on track. Just confirming this actually happened and is not a FIFA '18 bugpic.twitter.com/nNsfSDZvm4— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) May 1, 2018 The following night, Liverpool set up a repeat of their 1981 meeting against Real despite a first Champions League defeat of the season at the Stadio Olimpico. A chaotic 4-2 semi-final second leg loss to Roma saw Liverpool progress 7-6 on aggregate, with victory secured thanks to Sadio Mane's 19th of the season and the rare sight of Georginio Wijnaldum's first away goal in almost three years. A fortuitous own goal by James Milner inbetween had put the hosts back in the game, while Edin Dzeko's strike shortly after half-time ensured the Reds endured a testing conclusion and two late goals for Radja Nainngolan - including a penalty with the last kick of the game - came too late for Roma. Roma v Liverpool Can I still get tickets? The window for buying standard tickets is now closed. It ran on Uefa's website from March 15-22. Hospitality tickets are still on sale on Uefa's website, with prices starting from €3,200 per person. How do I get to Kiev? The City has two airports, Zhulyany (8km south-west of the city centre) and Boryspil International (35km east). Public transport includes buses, trolleybuses, trams and an ever-expanding metro system. Blaggers guide to speaking Ukrainian (source Uefa.com) Hello: Привіт – pree-vee'-t How are you?: Як справи? – yak spra'-vee Please: Будь ласка – bood la'-skah Thank you: Дякую – dja-ku'-yu Goodbye: До побачення – doh po-bah'-chen-ya Where is the stadium?: Де знаходиться стадіон? – de zna-kho'-dee-tsja sta-dee-on' Goal: Гол – Ghol Most European Cups What are they saying? Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has said his team will be "on fire" for the final: "We were in a League Cup final and didn't win it. People don't tell me in the street since then: 'Thank you for bringing us to the final'. We were in the Europa League final too. Nobody tells me thank you. "I see no trophies after these games. They don't hang silver medals at Melwood. That's a pity, but that's the game. There's still a job to do. "You cannot be more experienced in this competition than Real Madrid. "I think 80 per cent of their team played all these finals. They are four times in the last five years and still together. They are experienced, we are not, but we will be really on fire." Liverpool vs Real Madrid: Head-to-head Road to the final Zinedine Zidane's side won their first two games but a home draw with Tottenham followed by a loss at Wembley meant they finished second in their group. Despite failing behind to Paris St Germain at the Bernabeu, they won 5-2 on aggregate in the last 16 then overcame an almighty scare against Juventus, advancing thanks to Cristiano Ronaldo's last-gasp penalty despite a 3-1 home loss. A semi-final first leg victory in Munich proved pivotal as a 2-2 draw with Bayern in Spain got them over the line. Liverpool had to come through a qualifying round against Hoffenheim and then drew the opening two games in their group. They also threw away a three-goal lead against Sevilla in a 3-3 draw but thumped both Maribor and Spartak Moscow to finish top of Group E. They beat Porto 5-0 in the first leg of their last-16 tie, won both legs in the all-English clash with Manchester City and then saw off Roma 7-6 on aggregate following a 5-2 first-leg win at Anfield. Who fizzed and who flopped in the Champions League semi-final decider? Star men Real have the current Ballon d'or winner. Liverpool may have the next one. Cristiano Ronaldo is the Champions League's all-time leading scorer - with 120 goals, Real Madrid's all-time top scorer and a four-time winner of the competition. Ronaldo, who turned 33 this year, has scored 42 club goals this season. Yet Mohamed Salah has already exceeded that tally. The former Roma winger has enjoyed an incredible first season at Anfield, becoming just the third player in Liverpool history to score 40-plus goals in a single season and winning a slew of personal accolades. If he can outshine Ronaldo in Kiev, the ultimate individual prize may be next. Managers Zidane and Jurgen Klopp have experienced contrasting fortunes in finals. The former has won both of the Champions League finals he has been involved in as a boss. Meanwhile, Klopp has lost his previous five finals as a manage, including in the Europa League against Sevilla two seasons ago. Jurgen Klopp celebrates with his players Credit: GETTY IMAGES Tactics Real have not been as dominant as previous seasons, when their BBC (Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema and Ronaldo) strikeforce was in full flow and Luka Modric and Toni Kroos ran the midfield. This team is more pragmatic. Centre-backs Sergio Ramos and Raphael Varane and defensive midfielder Casemiro form a strong spine and Zidane can usually rely on Ronaldo for a moment of magic. Klopp's gegenpressing style has been used to devastating effect this year thanks to the relentless front three of Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane. Liverpool will pin their hopes on that trio and their harassing style. History This is a meeting of the two of the most decorated clubs in the competition's history. No team has won more European Cups than Real Madrid's 12. Los Blancos won five in a row between 1956 and 1960 and last year they become the first club to retain the title in the Champions League era. Only Real and AC Milan have won more European Cups than Liverpool. The five-time winners' most recent success came in an astonishing 2005 final against AC Milan, who exacted revenge in the 2007 final. The Reds also beat Real in the 1981 final when Alan Kennedy scored the winner. Goals aplenty made Roma vs Liverpool a semi-final to sing and dance about Salah vs Ronaldo: A comparison Liverpool and Real Madrid will be looking to Mohamed Salah and Cristiano Ronaldo to make the difference for their respective teams on May 26. Here, we look at the numbers behind the two players' astonishing campaigns: Club appearances (all competitions): Salah (Liverpool) 49, Ronaldo (Real Madrid) 41 Club goals (all competitions): Salah 43, Ronaldo 42 Domestic league goals: Salah 31, Ronaldo 24 Domestic league assists: Salah 9, Ronaldo 5 Champions League goals (includes qualifiers): Salah 11, Ronaldo 15 Champions League assists (includes qualifiers): Salah 4, Ronaldo 2 Braces: Salah 7, Ronaldo 11 Hat-tricks: Salah 0, Ronaldo 1 Four goals in a game: Salah 1, Ronaldo 1 Longest scoring streak: Salah 7 games, Ronaldo 12 games Longest run without a goal: Salah 3 games, Ronaldo 3 games *Includes all competitive games except internationals. How Spanish sides have dominated past decade What are the odds? Real Madrid to win 6/5 Draw 11/4 Liverpool to win 2/1 What is our prediction? Real have not been as dominant as previous seasons, although they still managed to see off PSG, Juventus and Bayern Munich en route to the final. If Liverpool are to win, much will depend on their front three of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane and their harassing style. There will be goals aplenty, and this feels like Liverpool's time. Predicted score: Liverpool win 4-3 in extra time. Liverpool's Champions League campaign | In Numbers
Mattia Perin digadang-gadang menjadi penerus Gianluigi Buffon di Juventus.
Mattia Perin Senang Bisa Gabung Juventus
Mattia Perin digadang-gadang menjadi penerus Gianluigi Buffon di Juventus.
Nonostante l'incontro con Paratici il ritorno di Morata alla Juventus non è così facile, anche l'Atletico pensa a lui per sostituire Griezmann.
Calciomercato Juventus, il ritorno di Morata è in salita: c'è anche l'Atletico
Nonostante l'incontro con Paratici il ritorno di Morata alla Juventus non è così facile, anche l'Atletico pensa a lui per sostituire Griezmann.
Alvaro Morata dianggap memenuhi ekspektasi sebagai penyerang Chelsea.
Temui Petinggi Juventus, Alvaro Morata Siap Tinggalkan Chelsea?
Alvaro Morata dianggap memenuhi ekspektasi sebagai penyerang Chelsea.
Alvaro Morata dianggap memenuhi ekspektasi sebagai penyerang Chelsea.
Temui Petinggi Juventus, Alvaro Morata Siap Tinggalkan Chelsea?
Alvaro Morata dianggap memenuhi ekspektasi sebagai penyerang Chelsea.
Mattia Perin digadang-gadang menjadi penerus Gianluigi Buffon di Juventus.
Mattia Perin Senang Bisa Gabung Juventus
Mattia Perin digadang-gadang menjadi penerus Gianluigi Buffon di Juventus.
Juventus' Douglas Costa celebrates after scoring his side's second goal during the Italian Cup final soccer match between Juventus and AC Milan, at the Rome Olympic stadium, Wednesday, May 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
Juventus' Douglas Costa celebrates after scoring his side's second goal during the Italian Cup final soccer match between Juventus and AC Milan, at the Rome Olympic stadium, Wednesday, May 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
Juventus' Douglas Costa celebrates after scoring his side's second goal during the Italian Cup final soccer match between Juventus and AC Milan, at the Rome Olympic stadium, Wednesday, May 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
Douglas Costa, de la Juventus, anota el primer tanto en un partido ante el Inter en Milán, el sábado 28 de abril de 2018 (AP Foto/Antonio Calanni)
Douglas Costa, de la Juventus, anota el primer tanto en un partido ante el Inter en Milán, el sábado 28 de abril de 2018 (AP Foto/Antonio Calanni)
Douglas Costa, de la Juventus, anota el primer tanto en un partido ante el Inter en Milán, el sábado 28 de abril de 2018 (AP Foto/Antonio Calanni)
Juventus’ champagne bottles will remain open as the club celebrates a historic seventh Scudetto in an era where they have reigned supreme
Juventus’ mental toughness the reason for their seventh Scudetto
Juventus’ champagne bottles will remain open as the club celebrates a historic seventh Scudetto in an era where they have reigned supreme
The 25-year-old striker was photographed meeting with his former club, further fuelling speculation he could depart Stamford Bridge
Morata fuels Chelsea exit rumours after meeting Juventus director
The 25-year-old striker was photographed meeting with his former club, further fuelling speculation he could depart Stamford Bridge
L'attaquant espagnol aurait été vu à Milan en compagnie d'un dirigeant de la Juventus. Un retour du joueur à Turin est-il en train de se préparer ?
RUMEUR - Alvaro Morata de retour à la Juventus ?
L'attaquant espagnol aurait été vu à Milan en compagnie d'un dirigeant de la Juventus. Un retour du joueur à Turin est-il en train de se préparer ?
O jogador da Juventus também foi cortado da Seleção antes de um torneio importante, e a preocupação de 2018 tem motivo
A mesma coxa, os mesmos jogos... e mais intensidade: por que Douglas Costa preocupa
O jogador da Juventus também foi cortado da Seleção antes de um torneio importante, e a preocupação de 2018 tem motivo
O jogador da Juventus também foi cortado da Seleção antes de um torneio importante, e a preocupação de 2018 tem motivo
A mesma coxa, os mesmos jogos... e mais intensidade: por que Douglas Costa preocupa
O jogador da Juventus também foi cortado da Seleção antes de um torneio importante, e a preocupação de 2018 tem motivo
O jogador da Juventus também foi cortado da Seleção antes de um torneio importante, e a preocupação de 2018 tem motivo
A mesma coxa, os mesmos jogos... e mais intensidade: por que Douglas Costa preocupa
O jogador da Juventus também foi cortado da Seleção antes de um torneio importante, e a preocupação de 2018 tem motivo
O jogador da Juventus também foi cortado da Seleção antes de um torneio importante, e a preocupação de 2018 tem motivo
A mesma coxa, os mesmos jogos... e mais intensidade: por que Douglas Costa preocupa
O jogador da Juventus também foi cortado da Seleção antes de um torneio importante, e a preocupação de 2018 tem motivo
O jogador da Juventus também foi cortado da Seleção antes de um torneio importante, e a preocupação de 2018 tem motivo
A mesma coxa, os mesmos jogos... e mais intensidade: por que Douglas Costa preocupa
O jogador da Juventus também foi cortado da Seleção antes de um torneio importante, e a preocupação de 2018 tem motivo
Ancelotti, who was sacked by Bayern Munich last September, replaces Maurizio Sarri who led the club to second in Serie A behind Juventus this season.
Serie A: Napoli name Carlo Ancelotti as Maurizio Sarri's successor as ex-Bayern Munich manager signs three-year deal
Ancelotti, who was sacked by Bayern Munich last September, replaces Maurizio Sarri who led the club to second in Serie A behind Juventus this season.
Tomás Rincón de Juventus intenta frenar a Denis Suárez de Barcelona. EFE/Archivo
Tomás Rincón de Juventus intenta frenar a Denis Suárez de Barcelona. EFE/Archivo
Tomás Rincón de Juventus intenta frenar a Denis Suárez de Barcelona. EFE/Archivo
El delantero español fue fotografiado en una reunión con el director deportivo de su ex equipo, alimentando los rumores de salida de Londres.
Morata se reúne con la Juventus: ¿deja el Chelsea?
El delantero español fue fotografiado en una reunión con el director deportivo de su ex equipo, alimentando los rumores de salida de Londres.
Maurizio Sarri has moved to try to position himself at the front of the queue to replace Antonio Conte at Chelsea as Aurelio De Laurentiis confirmed his departure from Napoli. Chelsea have been deliberating over a number of potential candidates, including Luis Enrique, but Sarri is pushing hard to land the job ahead of the Spaniard. Telegraph Sport can reveal he has employed an English-based intermediary to try to convince the Stamford Bridge club he is the right candidate to succeed head coach Conte, who is expected to be sacked. And there are other moves behind the scenes aimed at making a Chelsea move for Sarri as smooth as possible. Carlo Ancelotti has agreed to take over at Napoli, whose president De Laurentiis effectively announced Sarri's departure with a message posted on Twitter that read: "I'd like to thank Maurizio Sarri for his valuable contribution to the Napoli cause. He brought joy and prestige to Naples and Napoli fans all over the world with an entertaining brand of football that drew praise from all quarters. Well done, Maurizio." I'd like to thank Maurizio Sarri for his valuable contribution to the Napoli cause. He brought joy and prestige to Naples and Napoli fans all over the world with an entertaining brand of football that drew praise from all quarters. Well done, Maurizio. Aurelio De Laurentiis #ADLhttps://t.co/dGE9WNCxFp— Official SSC Napoli (@en_sscnapoli) May 23, 2018 Russian club Zenit Saint Petersburg have offered Sarri a £5.2million-a-year contract and want an answer by the weekend, but Sarri is waiting to see if Chelsea make a move. Sources in Italy claim that talks have taken place aimed at convincing Napoli to allow Sarri, whose contract contained a £7m release clause, join Chelsea for free if they let David Luiz to move in the opposite direction. Luiz fell out of favour under Conte and also suffered recurring knee injury problems this season. He has one year remaining on his contract and, aged 31, is yet to hold talks over an extension. Finding a buyer for Luiz may well be attractive to Chelsea, who paid £34m to re-sign the Brazilian from Paris Saint-Germain in 2016. His value has dropped significantly over recent months and there are major concerns over his ability to play regularly in the future. There are also suggestions that Willian would support the appointment of Sarri, who is viewed as an attacking coach. Carlo Ancelotti has taken over at Napoli Credit: AFP Willian is another player who has grown unhappy under Conte and the winger is expected to ask to leave Chelsea if the former Juventus manager remains in his post. But, despite interest from Manchester United, Willian would be prepared to stay at Stamford Bridge if Sarri came in. Sarri, who speaks English, has not won any major trophies in his managerial career and has been involved in a number of controversial incidents. In 2016, he was accused of being a homophobe by Roberto Mancini, who was in charge of Inter Milan at the time, and subsequently fined 20,000 Euros. And, this season, he had to apologise for sexist comments made to a female reporter. Chelsea would no doubt want guarantees over the behaviour of Sarri, who is a chain smoker, before making any sort of firm offer to him. Former Barcelona manager Enrique would be a far safer appointment, but the Spaniard will need to lower his wage demands. David Luiz could be used as a makeweight to try and lure Sarri Credit: Reuters Enrique had been the overwhelming favourite to succeed Conte, but Chelsea started to look elsewhere after finding out the 48-year-old would want to earn over £10m-a-year. Conte has been left in the dark over his Chelsea future since winning the FA Cup on Saturday and returned to Italy for Andrea Pirlo’s tribute match. As revealed by Telegraph Sport, he will consider taking a break from management if he is sacked and that could be expensive for Chelsea, who face a potential compensation bill of £9m. Conte has seen the Italian national post go to Mancini and PSG appointed Thomas Tuchel, which means he could wait for another big European job to become available before jumping back into management. Other than Sarri and Enrique, Chelsea had been interested in Mauricio Pochettino but the Argentine is expected to sign a new Tottenham Hotspur contract after holding positive talks with chairman Daniel Levy.
Maurizio Sarri makes moves to become Chelsea manager as Napoli clear his path
Maurizio Sarri has moved to try to position himself at the front of the queue to replace Antonio Conte at Chelsea as Aurelio De Laurentiis confirmed his departure from Napoli. Chelsea have been deliberating over a number of potential candidates, including Luis Enrique, but Sarri is pushing hard to land the job ahead of the Spaniard. Telegraph Sport can reveal he has employed an English-based intermediary to try to convince the Stamford Bridge club he is the right candidate to succeed head coach Conte, who is expected to be sacked. And there are other moves behind the scenes aimed at making a Chelsea move for Sarri as smooth as possible. Carlo Ancelotti has agreed to take over at Napoli, whose president De Laurentiis effectively announced Sarri's departure with a message posted on Twitter that read: "I'd like to thank Maurizio Sarri for his valuable contribution to the Napoli cause. He brought joy and prestige to Naples and Napoli fans all over the world with an entertaining brand of football that drew praise from all quarters. Well done, Maurizio." I'd like to thank Maurizio Sarri for his valuable contribution to the Napoli cause. He brought joy and prestige to Naples and Napoli fans all over the world with an entertaining brand of football that drew praise from all quarters. Well done, Maurizio. Aurelio De Laurentiis #ADLhttps://t.co/dGE9WNCxFp— Official SSC Napoli (@en_sscnapoli) May 23, 2018 Russian club Zenit Saint Petersburg have offered Sarri a £5.2million-a-year contract and want an answer by the weekend, but Sarri is waiting to see if Chelsea make a move. Sources in Italy claim that talks have taken place aimed at convincing Napoli to allow Sarri, whose contract contained a £7m release clause, join Chelsea for free if they let David Luiz to move in the opposite direction. Luiz fell out of favour under Conte and also suffered recurring knee injury problems this season. He has one year remaining on his contract and, aged 31, is yet to hold talks over an extension. Finding a buyer for Luiz may well be attractive to Chelsea, who paid £34m to re-sign the Brazilian from Paris Saint-Germain in 2016. His value has dropped significantly over recent months and there are major concerns over his ability to play regularly in the future. There are also suggestions that Willian would support the appointment of Sarri, who is viewed as an attacking coach. Carlo Ancelotti has taken over at Napoli Credit: AFP Willian is another player who has grown unhappy under Conte and the winger is expected to ask to leave Chelsea if the former Juventus manager remains in his post. But, despite interest from Manchester United, Willian would be prepared to stay at Stamford Bridge if Sarri came in. Sarri, who speaks English, has not won any major trophies in his managerial career and has been involved in a number of controversial incidents. In 2016, he was accused of being a homophobe by Roberto Mancini, who was in charge of Inter Milan at the time, and subsequently fined 20,000 Euros. And, this season, he had to apologise for sexist comments made to a female reporter. Chelsea would no doubt want guarantees over the behaviour of Sarri, who is a chain smoker, before making any sort of firm offer to him. Former Barcelona manager Enrique would be a far safer appointment, but the Spaniard will need to lower his wage demands. David Luiz could be used as a makeweight to try and lure Sarri Credit: Reuters Enrique had been the overwhelming favourite to succeed Conte, but Chelsea started to look elsewhere after finding out the 48-year-old would want to earn over £10m-a-year. Conte has been left in the dark over his Chelsea future since winning the FA Cup on Saturday and returned to Italy for Andrea Pirlo’s tribute match. As revealed by Telegraph Sport, he will consider taking a break from management if he is sacked and that could be expensive for Chelsea, who face a potential compensation bill of £9m. Conte has seen the Italian national post go to Mancini and PSG appointed Thomas Tuchel, which means he could wait for another big European job to become available before jumping back into management. Other than Sarri and Enrique, Chelsea had been interested in Mauricio Pochettino but the Argentine is expected to sign a new Tottenham Hotspur contract after holding positive talks with chairman Daniel Levy.
Maurizio Sarri has moved to try to position himself at the front of the queue to replace Antonio Conte at Chelsea as Aurelio De Laurentiis confirmed his departure from Napoli. Chelsea have been deliberating over a number of potential candidates, including Luis Enrique, but Sarri is pushing hard to land the job ahead of the Spaniard. Telegraph Sport can reveal he has employed an English-based intermediary to try to convince the Stamford Bridge club he is the right candidate to succeed head coach Conte, who is expected to be sacked. And there are other moves behind the scenes aimed at making a Chelsea move for Sarri as smooth as possible. Carlo Ancelotti has agreed to take over at Napoli, whose president De Laurentiis effectively announced Sarri's departure with a message posted on Twitter that read: "I'd like to thank Maurizio Sarri for his valuable contribution to the Napoli cause. He brought joy and prestige to Naples and Napoli fans all over the world with an entertaining brand of football that drew praise from all quarters. Well done, Maurizio." I'd like to thank Maurizio Sarri for his valuable contribution to the Napoli cause. He brought joy and prestige to Naples and Napoli fans all over the world with an entertaining brand of football that drew praise from all quarters. Well done, Maurizio. Aurelio De Laurentiis #ADLhttps://t.co/dGE9WNCxFp— Official SSC Napoli (@en_sscnapoli) May 23, 2018 Russian club Zenit Saint Petersburg have offered Sarri a £5.2million-a-year contract and want an answer by the weekend, but Sarri is waiting to see if Chelsea make a move. Sources in Italy claim that talks have taken place aimed at convincing Napoli to allow Sarri, whose contract contained a £7m release clause, join Chelsea for free if they let David Luiz to move in the opposite direction. Luiz fell out of favour under Conte and also suffered recurring knee injury problems this season. He has one year remaining on his contract and, aged 31, is yet to hold talks over an extension. Finding a buyer for Luiz may well be attractive to Chelsea, who paid £34m to re-sign the Brazilian from Paris Saint-Germain in 2016. His value has dropped significantly over recent months and there are major concerns over his ability to play regularly in the future. There are also suggestions that Willian would support the appointment of Sarri, who is viewed as an attacking coach. Carlo Ancelotti has taken over at Napoli Credit: AFP Willian is another player who has grown unhappy under Conte and the winger is expected to ask to leave Chelsea if the former Juventus manager remains in his post. But, despite interest from Manchester United, Willian would be prepared to stay at Stamford Bridge if Sarri came in. Sarri, who speaks English, has not won any major trophies in his managerial career and has been involved in a number of controversial incidents. In 2016, he was accused of being a homophobe by Roberto Mancini, who was in charge of Inter Milan at the time, and subsequently fined 20,000 Euros. And, this season, he had to apologise for sexist comments made to a female reporter. Chelsea would no doubt want guarantees over the behaviour of Sarri, who is a chain smoker, before making any sort of firm offer to him. Former Barcelona manager Enrique would be a far safer appointment, but the Spaniard will need to lower his wage demands. David Luiz could be used as a makeweight to try and lure Sarri Credit: Reuters Enrique had been the overwhelming favourite to succeed Conte, but Chelsea started to look elsewhere after finding out the 48-year-old would want to earn over £10m-a-year. Conte has been left in the dark over his Chelsea future since winning the FA Cup on Saturday and returned to Italy for Andrea Pirlo’s tribute match. As revealed by Telegraph Sport, he will consider taking a break from management if he is sacked and that could be expensive for Chelsea, who face a potential compensation bill of £9m. Conte has seen the Italian national post go to Mancini and PSG appointed Thomas Tuchel, which means he could wait for another big European job to become available before jumping back into management. Other than Sarri and Enrique, Chelsea had been interested in Mauricio Pochettino but the Argentine is expected to sign a new Tottenham Hotspur contract after holding positive talks with chairman Daniel Levy.
Maurizio Sarri makes moves to become Chelsea manager as Napoli clear his path
Maurizio Sarri has moved to try to position himself at the front of the queue to replace Antonio Conte at Chelsea as Aurelio De Laurentiis confirmed his departure from Napoli. Chelsea have been deliberating over a number of potential candidates, including Luis Enrique, but Sarri is pushing hard to land the job ahead of the Spaniard. Telegraph Sport can reveal he has employed an English-based intermediary to try to convince the Stamford Bridge club he is the right candidate to succeed head coach Conte, who is expected to be sacked. And there are other moves behind the scenes aimed at making a Chelsea move for Sarri as smooth as possible. Carlo Ancelotti has agreed to take over at Napoli, whose president De Laurentiis effectively announced Sarri's departure with a message posted on Twitter that read: "I'd like to thank Maurizio Sarri for his valuable contribution to the Napoli cause. He brought joy and prestige to Naples and Napoli fans all over the world with an entertaining brand of football that drew praise from all quarters. Well done, Maurizio." I'd like to thank Maurizio Sarri for his valuable contribution to the Napoli cause. He brought joy and prestige to Naples and Napoli fans all over the world with an entertaining brand of football that drew praise from all quarters. Well done, Maurizio. Aurelio De Laurentiis #ADLhttps://t.co/dGE9WNCxFp— Official SSC Napoli (@en_sscnapoli) May 23, 2018 Russian club Zenit Saint Petersburg have offered Sarri a £5.2million-a-year contract and want an answer by the weekend, but Sarri is waiting to see if Chelsea make a move. Sources in Italy claim that talks have taken place aimed at convincing Napoli to allow Sarri, whose contract contained a £7m release clause, join Chelsea for free if they let David Luiz to move in the opposite direction. Luiz fell out of favour under Conte and also suffered recurring knee injury problems this season. He has one year remaining on his contract and, aged 31, is yet to hold talks over an extension. Finding a buyer for Luiz may well be attractive to Chelsea, who paid £34m to re-sign the Brazilian from Paris Saint-Germain in 2016. His value has dropped significantly over recent months and there are major concerns over his ability to play regularly in the future. There are also suggestions that Willian would support the appointment of Sarri, who is viewed as an attacking coach. Carlo Ancelotti has taken over at Napoli Credit: AFP Willian is another player who has grown unhappy under Conte and the winger is expected to ask to leave Chelsea if the former Juventus manager remains in his post. But, despite interest from Manchester United, Willian would be prepared to stay at Stamford Bridge if Sarri came in. Sarri, who speaks English, has not won any major trophies in his managerial career and has been involved in a number of controversial incidents. In 2016, he was accused of being a homophobe by Roberto Mancini, who was in charge of Inter Milan at the time, and subsequently fined 20,000 Euros. And, this season, he had to apologise for sexist comments made to a female reporter. Chelsea would no doubt want guarantees over the behaviour of Sarri, who is a chain smoker, before making any sort of firm offer to him. Former Barcelona manager Enrique would be a far safer appointment, but the Spaniard will need to lower his wage demands. David Luiz could be used as a makeweight to try and lure Sarri Credit: Reuters Enrique had been the overwhelming favourite to succeed Conte, but Chelsea started to look elsewhere after finding out the 48-year-old would want to earn over £10m-a-year. Conte has been left in the dark over his Chelsea future since winning the FA Cup on Saturday and returned to Italy for Andrea Pirlo’s tribute match. As revealed by Telegraph Sport, he will consider taking a break from management if he is sacked and that could be expensive for Chelsea, who face a potential compensation bill of £9m. Conte has seen the Italian national post go to Mancini and PSG appointed Thomas Tuchel, which means he could wait for another big European job to become available before jumping back into management. Other than Sarri and Enrique, Chelsea had been interested in Mauricio Pochettino but the Argentine is expected to sign a new Tottenham Hotspur contract after holding positive talks with chairman Daniel Levy.
Maurizio Sarri has moved to try to position himself at the front of the queue to replace Antonio Conte at Chelsea as Aurelio De Laurentiis confirmed his departure from Napoli. Chelsea have been deliberating over a number of potential candidates, including Luis Enrique, but Sarri is pushing hard to land the job ahead of the Spaniard. Telegraph Sport can reveal he has employed an English-based intermediary to try to convince the Stamford Bridge club he is the right candidate to succeed head coach Conte, who is expected to be sacked. And there are other moves behind the scenes aimed at making a Chelsea move for Sarri as smooth as possible. Carlo Ancelotti has agreed to take over at Napoli, whose president De Laurentiis effectively announced Sarri's departure with a message posted on Twitter that read: "I'd like to thank Maurizio Sarri for his valuable contribution to the Napoli cause. He brought joy and prestige to Naples and Napoli fans all over the world with an entertaining brand of football that drew praise from all quarters. Well done, Maurizio." I'd like to thank Maurizio Sarri for his valuable contribution to the Napoli cause. He brought joy and prestige to Naples and Napoli fans all over the world with an entertaining brand of football that drew praise from all quarters. Well done, Maurizio. Aurelio De Laurentiis #ADLhttps://t.co/dGE9WNCxFp— Official SSC Napoli (@en_sscnapoli) May 23, 2018 Russian club Zenit Saint Petersburg have offered Sarri a £5.2million-a-year contract and want an answer by the weekend, but Sarri is waiting to see if Chelsea make a move. Sources in Italy claim that talks have taken place aimed at convincing Napoli to allow Sarri, whose contract contained a £7m release clause, join Chelsea for free if they let David Luiz to move in the opposite direction. Luiz fell out of favour under Conte and also suffered recurring knee injury problems this season. He has one year remaining on his contract and, aged 31, is yet to hold talks over an extension. Finding a buyer for Luiz may well be attractive to Chelsea, who paid £34m to re-sign the Brazilian from Paris Saint-Germain in 2016. His value has dropped significantly over recent months and there are major concerns over his ability to play regularly in the future. There are also suggestions that Willian would support the appointment of Sarri, who is viewed as an attacking coach. Carlo Ancelotti has taken over at Napoli Credit: AFP Willian is another player who has grown unhappy under Conte and the winger is expected to ask to leave Chelsea if the former Juventus manager remains in his post. But, despite interest from Manchester United, Willian would be prepared to stay at Stamford Bridge if Sarri came in. Sarri, who speaks English, has not won any major trophies in his managerial career and has been involved in a number of controversial incidents. In 2016, he was accused of being a homophobe by Roberto Mancini, who was in charge of Inter Milan at the time, and subsequently fined 20,000 Euros. And, this season, he had to apologise for sexist comments made to a female reporter. Chelsea would no doubt want guarantees over the behaviour of Sarri, who is a chain smoker, before making any sort of firm offer to him. Former Barcelona manager Enrique would be a far safer appointment, but the Spaniard will need to lower his wage demands. David Luiz could be used as a makeweight to try and lure Sarri Credit: Reuters Enrique had been the overwhelming favourite to succeed Conte, but Chelsea started to look elsewhere after finding out the 48-year-old would want to earn over £10m-a-year. Conte has been left in the dark over his Chelsea future since winning the FA Cup on Saturday and returned to Italy for Andrea Pirlo’s tribute match. As revealed by Telegraph Sport, he will consider taking a break from management if he is sacked and that could be expensive for Chelsea, who face a potential compensation bill of £9m. Conte has seen the Italian national post go to Mancini and PSG appointed Thomas Tuchel, which means he could wait for another big European job to become available before jumping back into management. Other than Sarri and Enrique, Chelsea had been interested in Mauricio Pochettino but the Argentine is expected to sign a new Tottenham Hotspur contract after holding positive talks with chairman Daniel Levy.
Maurizio Sarri makes moves to become Chelsea manager as Napoli clear his path
Maurizio Sarri has moved to try to position himself at the front of the queue to replace Antonio Conte at Chelsea as Aurelio De Laurentiis confirmed his departure from Napoli. Chelsea have been deliberating over a number of potential candidates, including Luis Enrique, but Sarri is pushing hard to land the job ahead of the Spaniard. Telegraph Sport can reveal he has employed an English-based intermediary to try to convince the Stamford Bridge club he is the right candidate to succeed head coach Conte, who is expected to be sacked. And there are other moves behind the scenes aimed at making a Chelsea move for Sarri as smooth as possible. Carlo Ancelotti has agreed to take over at Napoli, whose president De Laurentiis effectively announced Sarri's departure with a message posted on Twitter that read: "I'd like to thank Maurizio Sarri for his valuable contribution to the Napoli cause. He brought joy and prestige to Naples and Napoli fans all over the world with an entertaining brand of football that drew praise from all quarters. Well done, Maurizio." I'd like to thank Maurizio Sarri for his valuable contribution to the Napoli cause. He brought joy and prestige to Naples and Napoli fans all over the world with an entertaining brand of football that drew praise from all quarters. Well done, Maurizio. Aurelio De Laurentiis #ADLhttps://t.co/dGE9WNCxFp— Official SSC Napoli (@en_sscnapoli) May 23, 2018 Russian club Zenit Saint Petersburg have offered Sarri a £5.2million-a-year contract and want an answer by the weekend, but Sarri is waiting to see if Chelsea make a move. Sources in Italy claim that talks have taken place aimed at convincing Napoli to allow Sarri, whose contract contained a £7m release clause, join Chelsea for free if they let David Luiz to move in the opposite direction. Luiz fell out of favour under Conte and also suffered recurring knee injury problems this season. He has one year remaining on his contract and, aged 31, is yet to hold talks over an extension. Finding a buyer for Luiz may well be attractive to Chelsea, who paid £34m to re-sign the Brazilian from Paris Saint-Germain in 2016. His value has dropped significantly over recent months and there are major concerns over his ability to play regularly in the future. There are also suggestions that Willian would support the appointment of Sarri, who is viewed as an attacking coach. Carlo Ancelotti has taken over at Napoli Credit: AFP Willian is another player who has grown unhappy under Conte and the winger is expected to ask to leave Chelsea if the former Juventus manager remains in his post. But, despite interest from Manchester United, Willian would be prepared to stay at Stamford Bridge if Sarri came in. Sarri, who speaks English, has not won any major trophies in his managerial career and has been involved in a number of controversial incidents. In 2016, he was accused of being a homophobe by Roberto Mancini, who was in charge of Inter Milan at the time, and subsequently fined 20,000 Euros. And, this season, he had to apologise for sexist comments made to a female reporter. Chelsea would no doubt want guarantees over the behaviour of Sarri, who is a chain smoker, before making any sort of firm offer to him. Former Barcelona manager Enrique would be a far safer appointment, but the Spaniard will need to lower his wage demands. David Luiz could be used as a makeweight to try and lure Sarri Credit: Reuters Enrique had been the overwhelming favourite to succeed Conte, but Chelsea started to look elsewhere after finding out the 48-year-old would want to earn over £10m-a-year. Conte has been left in the dark over his Chelsea future since winning the FA Cup on Saturday and returned to Italy for Andrea Pirlo’s tribute match. As revealed by Telegraph Sport, he will consider taking a break from management if he is sacked and that could be expensive for Chelsea, who face a potential compensation bill of £9m. Conte has seen the Italian national post go to Mancini and PSG appointed Thomas Tuchel, which means he could wait for another big European job to become available before jumping back into management. Other than Sarri and Enrique, Chelsea had been interested in Mauricio Pochettino but the Argentine is expected to sign a new Tottenham Hotspur contract after holding positive talks with chairman Daniel Levy.
The 25-year-old striker was photographed meeting with his former club, further fuelling speculation he could depart Stamford Bridge
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The 25-year-old striker was photographed meeting with his former club, further fuelling speculation he could depart Stamford Bridge
A Milano è andato in scena un incontro tra Morata, l'agente Lopez e il direttore sportivo della Juventus, Paratici: possibile ritorno in bianconero.
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A Milano è andato in scena un incontro tra Morata, l'agente Lopez e il direttore sportivo della Juventus, Paratici: possibile ritorno in bianconero.

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