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Champions League final: battle of the eternal winners against the dark horses (a preview)

All roads lead to Wembley on Saturday night.

It’s the final of the Champions League. And serial winner Real Madrid is looking to win it for a record 15th time.

It will also be the sixth time in 11 years that the LaLiga giants have lifted the trophy.

Borussia Dortmund stands in their way.

The Bundesliga upstarts are looking to win it for the second time.

If the hype and mystery of Madrid is to be believed, then there is no need for the game. Just give them the trophy in Spain.

But it would be foolhardy to dismiss Dortmund so easily.

Madrid, which won its 33rd League title this season, has reached the 70th European event with an undefeated record in the competition.

Dortmund are also in good form and are second only to Madrid in the competition this season, with just one defeat in their last 11 European games.

So this will be a pretty intriguing clash in London – the same venue where Dortmund lost the 2013 final to rivals Bayern Munich.

It was almost an exact repeat, but Madrid edged out Thomas Tuchel’s men 4-3 on aggregate after a late Joselu brace snatched a 2-1 victory in the second leg.

Author and Super Eagles fan JJ Omojuwa believes the two teams have been the best on the continent this season.

“They both made it to the final, you have to respect that,” Omojuwa tells DAILY POST.

“It’s not that any of the teams that didn’t make the final were so exceptional that you had to isolate them.

“Real Madrid had a particularly difficult road to get here, while Dortmund were not given any chance.”

Oluwagbenga Adava, a presenter at Breez FM in Akure, agrees with Omojuwa.

“Madrid are definitely among the three best teams in Europe this season along with Manchester City and Bayern Leverkusen, a top 4 would include Inter Milan,” Adava said.

“Dortmund, on the other hand, remind me of Liverpool in 2005: they barely come together and are inconsistent at home, but they are a giant killer in Europe.”

It’s been the season of the underdog across Europe.

Could we witness an upset at Wembley?

“Well, it is a unique final, so although Real Madrid are a big favorite due to the experience, pedigree and quality they have at this level, we cannot completely rule out the possibility of a surprising result.

“Dortmund did not get here by chance and has absolutely nothing to lose. There could be a potential shock on the horizon.

“Players like Marco Reus and Mat Hummels, who were the losing team in 2013, would definitely be excited because this is their last hurrah.

“It is a final and most of the time it is determined by small details. A mistake by the referee, a red card, a momentary lack of concentration or a bad night could see Dortmund take the trophy,” Adava said.

Omojuwa added: “It is football and an important final, so hopefully both teams have a chance.

“That said, there is only one outcome here. Real Madrid will win.

“If a concussion occurs, it would be one of the biggest concussions recorded in the sport.”

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