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Who Joins Liverpool at Stade de France?

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp’s men have qualified for the final of the Champions League courtesy of a 5-2 drubbing of Villarreal.

The stage is set for the clash of titans as Manchester City Take on Real Madrid in Spain.

It could be best described as an epic semifinal following seven goals thriller in England in the first leg, Man City taking a pound of flesh four times at Etihad Stadium, while Carlo Ancelotti’s men struck back thrice.

What happens at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium in Madrid, Spain when the two lock horns?

For Manchester City, it will be a second successive Champions League final. City lost 1-0 to Chelsea in last year’s final.

Real have been European champions 13 times and won La Liga at the weekend.

The winners will play Liverpool in the final in Paris on 28 May.

In the thrilling first leg, goals from Kevin de Bruyne and Gabriel Jesus gave City, aiming to become European champions for the first time, a 2-0 lead after 11 minutes before Karim Benzema pulled one back after 33 minutes.

Phil Foden took City 3-1 ahead early in the second half only for Vinicius Jr to score two minutes later.

For a third time, City gained a two-goal advantage following Bernardo Silva’s goal before Benzema scored an audacious chipped ‘Panenka’ penalty late on to leave the tie well balanced.

England defender Kyle Walker could return after missing City’s past five matches because of an ankle injury.

Walker is back in training and Guardiola confirmed he will travel to Spain, with a late decision to be made, although fellow defender John Stones remains sidelined after he sustained an injury during the first leg.

Joao Cancelo is also available after missing the game in Manchester through suspension and City will be pleased to have more options at right-back after 36-year-old Fernandinho had to cover there following Stones’ injury. The veteran Brazilian struggled against the pace of 21-year-old Vinicius Jr, who sprinted away from him to score the Spanish side’s second goal.

For Real, defender David Alaba is injured but midfielder Casemiro returns – a major boost as they look to tighten up in midfield against City’s potent creative players.

Culled from BBC/Simeon Ugbodovon

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