Jürgen Klopp will lead the fourth Champions League final of his coaching career in Paris, joining Marcello Lippi, Alex Ferguson and Carlo Ancelotti… who on Wednesday will have the chance to become the only manager to play for Real Madrid. five. If Manchester City emerges victorious from the Bernabéu, the proper name will be that of Pep Guardiola, who will also join the list of four finalists.
Klopp is a special guy who endears himself to his fans. He has shown it throughout his career as a coach, close to the fans, always, in victory and defeat and that this Tuesday he said goodbye applauding the El Madrigal stands before heading especially towards the stands where they had met. The Liverpool fans have given an appointment to thank them, alone and in a very special way, for their tireless support.
Three @ChampionsLeague finals in five seasons under the boss.
I’m so glad…🎶❤ pic.twitter.com/ULIdsrtEoc
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) May 3, 2022
The German coach will try to match his record in the finals in Paris. At the helm of Borussia Dortmund, he lost to Bayern in 2013 (2-1) at Wembley, in what was the first final in history between two German clubs. Already in Liverpool he cried again for the defeat in 2018 in Cardiff and against Madrid, in a game marked by Salah’s injury and which his team lost 4-1, a year before finally kissing glory in the Metropolitano, winning (2-0) Tottenham after that unlikely and historic comeback against Barça.
Klopp already has another title within reach this course in which his team yearns to close with an unprecedented poker. Winner of the League Cup, he must play in the FA Cup final, expects a rival in the Champions League final and will fight Manchester City for the Premier League… And who knows, maybe the same big-eared one in Paris.
WITH THE BIG
For the moment, the German coach became the fourth to play his fourth Champions League final, pending the resolution of the tie between Real Madrid and Manchester City, in a list that Marcello Lippi premiered, always in command of the Juventus and winning only one of them.
They beat Ajax in the 1996 penalty shootout, lost a year later, in 1997 3-1 against Borussia Dortmund and fell again in 1998 (1-0) against Real Madrid, in a final remembered for the disputed goal by Mijatović. His fourth final was after five years… And like the first it was decided again in a penalty shootout that this time he got a cross, defeated in it by Milan at Old Trafford.
Lippi, yes, played a fifth Champions League final, although in the Asian AFC and winning it against Guangzhou Evergrande and beating South Korea’s Seoul 1-0.
In the same group is Alex Ferguson, always managing Manchester United. He won the unforgettable 1999 match with the impossible comeback against Bayern Munich at the Camp Nou, he won the 2008 penalty shootout against Chelsea in Moscow and then crashed twice against Guardiola’s Barça, first in 2009 (2-0 ) in Rome and finally in 2011 at Wembley (3-1) in a match at the end of which the veteran Scottish coach described Guardiola’s team as the best he had ever faced.
The list is closed by Carlo Ancelotti… who this Wednesday will have the opportunity to stay as the absolute leader with five finals. The Italian, who has become the first coach to win the title in the four major leagues, has three Champions League titles to his name. He won them in 2003 and 2007 at the helm of Milan against Juventus and Liverpool and won the third in 2014, directing Real Madrid and against Atlético de Madrid (4-1 in extra time). Before, in 2005 and coaching Milan, he lost an impossible final against Liverpool, whom he beat 3-0 at half-time and ended up losing on penalties.
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Klopp joins exclusive group with four Champions League finals