We are just over a week away until we find out who the winners of this year two European competitions are. Are you excited?
The English dominance has reigned supreme in the top tier of Europe’s elite leagues, with six English clubs reaching the quarter-finals of the Europa League or Champions League combined this season.
Arsenal and Chelsea got through to the quarter-finals and will now meet each-other in the Europa League final next Wednesday, the 29th of May in Baku.
While Man United, Man City, Liverpool and Spurs got to the quarter-final of the Champions League, while Liverpool and Spurs progressing to meet in the final next Saturday the 1st of June in Madrid.
Both finals are almost upon us, so lets look at some stats and interesting facts between the four finalists.
Europa League Final: Chelsea v Arsenal
Chelsea are unbeaten in their 14 Europa League matches this year with 11 wins and three draws. They dominated Group L before eliminating Malmö, Dynamo Kyiv, Slavia Praha and Eintracht Frankfurt to reach the final.
Arsenal arrive in Azerbaijan on a five-match winning streak in the competition. The North-Londoners cruised through to the knockout phase of Group E, qualifying with two games to spare. Unai Emery’s men narrowly defeated BATE Borisov and Rennes in the round of 32 and 16, before winning home and away convincingly in both the quarter-final against Napoli and Valencia in the semi-final.
While the London rivals are familiar domestic opponents, they have been paired together just once before in any European competition. Chelsea got the better of Arsenal in the 2003/04 Champions League quarter-finals when they drew 1-1 at Stamford Bridge and secured a 2-1 comeback win at Highbury.
Petr Čech was a Europa League winner in 2013 alongside César Azpilicueta, Gary Cahill, David Luiz and Eden Hazard for Chelsea. He will look to lift the trophy again in his last game before his planned retirement.
Olivier Giroud joined Chelsea from Arsenal in January 2018, after five and a half years with the Gunners and is the joint top scorer in this season’s Europa League with ten goals.
Champions League Final: Liverpool v Tottenham
Now for the main-event. Tottenham will play in their first ever final and will look to make history, while last season’s runners-up Liverpool are looking for their sixth European title of all time.
Both teams had spectacular semi-final comebacks to reach the final, each recovering from three goal deficit’s. Liverpool won 4-0 in their second leg against Barcelona at Anfield to progress 4-3 on aggregate, while Spurs’ Lucas Moura’s second-half hat-trick secured their place in the final with a 3-3 away goal advantage.
Tottenham will be the eighth English club to appear in a European Cup final, which is more than any other country including Italy and Germany on the list with six.
The sides have been paired together only once previously in European competition in the 1972/73 UEFA Cup semi-finals, won on away goals by Liverpool after a 2-2 aggregate draw. Liverpool went on to win the trophy that year.
Liverpool midfielder Fabinho was part of the Monaco team that beat Spurs 2-1 away and home in the 2016/17 Champions League group stage.
While Hugo Lloris was in the Lyon side that took four points off Liverpool in the 2009/10 Champions League group stage.
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