UCL: Klopp vs Zidane
As their respective teams, Real Madrid and Liverpool kicked-off at Kiev – sitting anxiously at the dugouts, Zinedine Zidane and Jürgen Klopp were fighting their own tactical battles, explores Daman Singh.
Much was at stake when the two heavyweights of European football – Real Madrid and Liverpool – faced off in Europe's most elite club competition finale at the NSC Olimpiyskiy Stadium in Kiev on May 26. A seemingly mouth-watering clash unfolded into a sombre night for Jürgen Klopp and his men while the Madrid camp rejoiced as Zinedine Zidane and his historic side clinched their record-breaking third successive Champions League title by toppling Liverpool who were hoping to lift the cup for the first time since 2007.
The finalists, under the supervision of their respective managers, had reached the desired destination after showcasing some praiseworthy performances. Once the eagerly awaited night arrived in Kiev, it also indisputably culminated into a battle of wits as two of world football's most notable personalities – all but adept in their business, wielding their footballing acumen to bring out the best of their immensely talented squads – were pitted against one another. Klopp and Zidane have also had two very disparate careers on their way to the top – commingled with the success they have shared in the past few years at the helm of the top-flight clubs.