Some Sunday afternoon waffle about the Champions League final…

Hello there, happy Sunday. The blog is quite late today because I had to go to work this morning. I had to go in earlier than usual as well, which is why I didn’t get the blog written before work. But I’m here now, so don’t panic!

There’s only one place to start, and that’s in Kiev, where Real Madrid beat Liverpool 3-1 in the Champions League final. You all know what happened in the game, so I’m not going to do a minute-by-minute review of anything like that. I’ll just give my opinion on a few things.

Loris Karius

I feel so bad for Loris Karius. The poor lad had an absolute shocker and has to take all of the blame for Liverpool losing the Champions League final. He has to take the full blame for two of Real Madrid’s goals. There’s just no other way of putting it. I can feel sorry for him and blame him at the same time.

You have already seen the goals, I’m sure. I’d just love to know what he’s thinking when he throws it out for the first one. He was all set to throw it out to Andy Robertson, who was in space out on the left. But then Karius changed his mind and decided to go the other way. He threw it far too close to Benzema, who stuck a leg out and deflected the ball into the goal. It was a horrendous mistake, and something that you’d be disappointed to see schoolboys doing.

The second goal he conceded was a wonder goal, which I’ll look at in a minute. The third goal was his fault as well though, as he let Bale’s shot go through his hands. It was another horrendous mistake. There’s absolutely no way he should be letting that one past him. Jurgen Klopp says that he wouldn’t have made the second mistake if he didn’t make the first, and I have to agree with him. After the first goal, he must have been worried about making another mistake every time Real attacked.

I had so much sympathy for him though. My heart went out to him at the end of the game when he was walking around balling his eyes out crying. They were his mistakes, but you have to have some compassion for him. He hardly wanted to make them, and he’ll feel awful about that for a very long time now. I think he was very brave after the game when he walked around the pitch and down to the Liverpool fans. He went down apologising as he wiped his tears away. He could have easily disappeared down the tunnel and went into hiding until next season, but he faced up to it. Well done to him.

If you’re one of those people that are sending him death threats on Twitter, and telling him you hope he dies of cancer or wishes bad things on him and his family, fuck you. If you’re doing stuff like that you’re a horrible cunt. Have some sympathy for fuck’s sake.

Mo Salah

Sergio Ramos is a little prick. I don’t think he meant for Salah to get seriously hurt, but he definitely wanted to foul him and do some damage. Ramos is a brilliant, brilliant player, and him being cynical is part of what makes him so good. Having a little bit of bastardness about you on the pitch isn’t always a bad thing, but when you really hurt someone in the Champions League final and potentially make them miss the World Cup, it’s most certainly a bad thing.

Like Karius, I felt so bad for Salah. The tears were rolling down his face as he came off the pitch. You’d have to be made of stone – or really hate Liverpool and everything about them – to not feel a little bit sad when he came off. I almost felt like crying for him, the poor fella. Liverpool’s best player, who could have changed the game in an instance, having to come off injured in the biggest game of his career. Terrible stuff. Well done to Ramos. Salah coming off completely changed the game. It was almost like the Liverpool players lost belief in that moment. It felt like they didn’t believe in themselves without their talisman.

Gareth Bale

Wow. Just wow. What a goal that was. An overhead kick in the Champions League final. It was spectacular, and he deserves all the plaudits he’s getting. Was it the best final goal ever? I’m not sure, but it was amazing. It was better than Ronaldo’s against Juventus anyway, just because it was the final.

It sounds like Bale will be leaving in the summer, as he said after the game that he needs to be playing every week. Man Utd and Spurs have been linked with him recently. I would be surprised if Spurs spent that kind of money on one player, as it’s just not their style, but their fans would love to bring him home.

The Game

I was a bit disappointed with the game in general. I was expecting it to be a bit more free-flowing and a bit more end-to-end than it was. Liverpool started really well and were well on top. That was until Salah went off and their heads dropped completely. It was unbelievable how much of a difference him going off made. After Karius’ first mistake, Sadio Mane pulled the Reds level after he knocked a Dejan Lovren header in. Then there was the Bale worldie, and then the second mistake.

I think Lovren actually did very well in the game. He was the one that everybody was saying would struggle, and everybody said he would be ripped to shreds. That wasn’t the case though, so fair play to him. There was also an amazing tackle by Andy Robertson on Ronaldo when the Portuguese was in on goal and looked destined to score. Robertson came sliding in out of nowhere and took it away from Ronaldo. He couldn’t believe he didn’t score.

It was a horrible way to lose in the end, but this season can still be seen as a really successful one. It might be hard to think like that now, because the disappointment will be all they can think of, but I don’t think getting to the Champions League final would have been their expectation at the start of the season. They can still be extremely proud of what they achieved.

Of course, there were more talking points than what I have listed here, but as I said, I don’t want to talk about every single little detail. It was nice to have a match to watch and to talk about though, as we haven’t had that much recently. It’s now just under three weeks until the World Cup kicks off. I hope that flies in. It’ll be a quiet enough three weeks, but we can do it once we stick together.

Finally, a quick word of congratulations to Fulham, who have been promoted to the Premier League after winning yesterday’s play-off final at Wembley. I’m looking forward to seeing them next season.

Anyway, that’s it for now. I’ll be back in the morning, as always. See you then. Have a good Sunday.

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