Date, kick-off time, TV channel and odds on who Liverpool will play
The UEFA Champions League final could be another all-English affair when it kicks off later this month, with Liverpool already through and Manchester City hoping to join them.
Jurgen Klopp his fourth Champions League final as manager thanks to Liverpool sending Villarreal to Anfield and they survived a significant scare in Spain to progress.
Protecting a two-goal lead, Liverpool allowed Villarreal to equalize at half-time in the second leg but responded with three goals in 12 minutes to put their opponents to the sword.
It means Liverpool are playing in their 10th Champions League final in their history, having won six of nine appearances. The last of them came against Tottenham in 2019.
City reached their first final in the competition last year but their hopes were dashed by an impressive performance from Chelsea. To achieve it this time, they will have to beat Real Madrid and win the first leg of their 4-3 draw before the first leg at the Bernabeu.
City are yet to win the Champions League, the only major trophy that eluded them under Pep Guardiola. City’s progress would mean a third all-English Champions League final in four years.
Where is the Champions League final?
The Champions League final will take place at the Stade de France in Paris, which hosted the last final in 2006.
This year’s final was due to be held in St Petersburg, but UEFA withdrew the hosting rights to Krestovsky Stadium in February after Russia invaded Ukraine.
The football body said it had taken the decision following the “great human suffering, destruction and displacement” of the war.
Alexander Dyukov, the president of the Russian football federation, claimed that this decision had been “dictated by political reasons”.
What time does the Champions League final start?
This year’s final will take place on Saturday, May 28. Kick-off is scheduled for 8 p.m. (BST).
On which television channel is the Champions League final broadcast?
BT Sport have exclusive rights to the Champions League in the UK, so if you want to watch the game on TV you’ll need to be a subscriber.
However, since 2015 BT has also released the latest free version on YouTube and is expected to do so again this year. These shows have attracted millions of viewers in the past.
Jurgen Klopp vs Pep Guardiola
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp and City manager Pep Guardiola will be keen for a win if they meet in the Champions League final.
Aside from the glory of winning the league, both men are intensely competitive while respecting each other. Klopp called Guardiola an “outstanding” coach, while Guardiola says Klopp is the “greatest rival I’ve ever had”.
A meeting in the Champions League final will give both men a chance to mark the season and write their footballing legacy.
As things stand, Liverpool are still on track to complete an unprecedented four-fold, while City could complete a Premier League and Champions League double. The two teams are neck and neck in the race for the championship title.
What’s the latest Liverpool and Man City squad news?
Liverpool’s side look the strongest, with no significant injury problems and a constantly rotating collection of six or seven forwards.
City’s squad have been further stretched, with Kyle Walker picking up an ankle injury at Atletico Madrid and John Stones suffering from a muscle injury.
Walker has traveled for the second leg against Real Madrid but it remains to be seen whether the right-back will win his run to be fit.
When was the last all-English Champions League final?
Last year when Chelsea overcame Manchester City, beating them 1-0 at the Estádio do Dragão stadium in Porto. 2019 was another all-English affair, when Liverpool triumphed over Tottenham Hotspur in a 2-0 win.
Latest winning odds
Manchester City: 5/4
Real Madrid: 8/1