The bold v the old but gold

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane (left) and Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp arriving in Kiev on May 26, 2018, ahead of the Champions League final. If Real Madrid prevail, they will become the first team since Bayern Munich in 1976 to record three con
Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane (left) and Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp arriving in Kiev on May 26, 2018, ahead of the Champions League final. If Real Madrid prevail, they will become the first team since Bayern Munich in 1976 to record three consecutive European triumphs, while Liverpool's last title win was in 2005. PHOTOS: EPA-EFE
Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane (above) and Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp arriving in Kiev ahead of the Champions League final today. If Real prevail, they will become the first team since Bayern Munich in 1976 to record three consecutive European triu
Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane (above) and Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp arriving in Kiev ahead of the Champions League final today. If Real prevail, they will become the first team since Bayern Munich in 1976 to record three consecutive European triumphs, while Liverpool's last title win was in 2005.PHOTOS: EPA-EFE
Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane and Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp (above) arriving in Kiev ahead of the Champions League final today. If Real prevail, they will become the first team since Bayern Munich in 1976 to record three consecutive European triu
Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane and Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp (above) arriving in Kiev ahead of the Champions League final today. If Real prevail, they will become the first team since Bayern Munich in 1976 to record three consecutive European triumphs, while Liverpool's last title win was in 2005.PHOTOS: EPA-EFE

Young and fearless Reds can defeat seasoned winners Real by exploiting space in defence

"This has been the Real Madrid Champions League generation," said Jurgen Klopp.

If he was wrong, it may be because Real are not the team of one generation, but of several.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 26, 2018, with the headline 'The bold v the old but gold'. Print Edition | Subscribe