The Champions League final is now just around the corner and yes, we are all beyond excited. Liverpool and Tottenham lock horns in the first all-English final since Manchester United defeated Chelsea in 2008. It’s been a truly extraordinary campaign for both teams and banking against further fireworks would be foolish.
There are so many pertinent factors that will largely influence the outcome of this monumental occasion. With Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, Heung-min Son and Lucas Moura all looking likely to feature, two things are guaranteed – width and pace. So which team will cope better? Well, let’s analyse another two names who will certainly have a say – Danny Rose and Andrew Robertson.
Rose seems to have been around forever, right? The defender made his Tottenham debut nine years ago in a shock inclusion against Arsenal. While he has certainly received widespread criticism during his time at Tottenham, a successful loan at Sunderland as well as coaching from Mauricio Pochettino has seen his career experience a turnaround.
On his day, Rose is a match for most. He’s composed, quick and loves a last-ditch tackle. He’s even showcased his talents in central midfield of late. Although it must be said he certainly wouldn’t have given Luka Modric a run for his money.
Yet, the defender wears the shirt with pride and passion. He never gives less than 100% and provides a genuine attacking threat as well as defensive solidity. He played 26 times this season, conceding 16 goals. Considering Tottenham conceded 23 goals without him, those are fairly impressive stats. He also chipped in with three assists.
Rose hasn’t set the world alight this season, but he’s been close to his best at times. The defender is valued at £22.5m (as per Transfermarkt) and rightly so. Tottenham will certainly trust him against Liverpool’s tricky wingers more than his fellow full-back on the other side.
TT Grade: B
Robertson has been somewhat of a revelation since breaking into the Liverpool team. Arriving in a modest £10m deal (BBC Sport), no Liverpool fan could have foreseen the player he would become.
The Scotland international is not only solid in defence, but also phenomenal going forward. He has chipped in with 11 assists this season in what has been a vastly impressive campaign. He also conceded just 20 goals in 36 games. Mighty impressive numbers for the 25-year-old defender.
Many now consider Robertson to be one of, if not the best left-back in the world and it’s hard to argue against it. He seems to have progressed year on year and is now valued at £45m (as per Transfermarkt). Yet, it would take a bid substantially higher than that to prize Liverpool’s talent away from them.
TT Grade: A+
There we have it. Robertson takes this one. Even with the impressive performances of late from Rose (especially against Ajax) this one isn’t a particularly close contest. The consistency and attacking threat Robertson has displayed has been simply outstanding. He just has to take the win.
What do you think Tottenham and Liverpool fans? Is this as clear-cut a debate as it seems? Or on his day does Rose match Robertson? Comment below.
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