Exclusive Interview: Peter Beardsley - Predictions for The 2019 Champions League Final
Liverpool legend Peter Beardsley shared his thoughts exclusively with the Champions Speakers agency this week ahead of the 2019 Champions League Final, which pits Liverpool FC against Tottenham Hotspur on the 1st of June. The game promises to be a memorable one, as the headline match will cap off a week that saw Chelsea beat Arsenal in the first all-English European final in Azerbaijan.
With decades of years both playing in and managing football teams, Peter is an authority on the “beautiful game”. As such, we asked the football speaker his thoughts on the final, including his predictions for Liverpool’s chances of success.
Who is Peter Beardsley?
Throughout his professional career, Peter built an international reputation for his unrivalled knowledge of football. As both a manager and a player, he is credited for the success of Newcastle United and England’s National Team, which won the 1986, 1988 and 1989 Rous Cup. Peter was inducted into the 2007 English Football Hall of Fame in celebration of his formidable talent and eye for high-performance teams, a reflection of Peter’s level or prestige in the sport.
When booked for events, whether as an after dinner speaker, event host or special guest, Peter resonates with audiences of all demographics. His speeches captivate guests, taking them on a journey through his era of international football, starting with his senior debut at Carlisle United in 1979. With 755 appearances under his belt, a football speaker like Peter is a legend above the rest.
Q: CAN WE EXPECT A CAGEY CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FINAL OR A GUNG-HO GAME ON SATURDAY NIGHT?
"Both teams play on the front foot. I think it’ll be like a Premier League game. They’ll both go for it - Liverpool always do. To be fair to Tottenham, having [done] what they did against Ajax, one of the best comebacks they've ever had - 3-0 down on aggregate to come back and do what they did was incredible. It will give them a lot of confidence. Tottenham have got some amazing players - I think Harry Kane's a superstar. Sissoko was at Newcastle, he was a good player. But I would go, Liverpool, I've got a lot of history there.”
"I'd imagine 2 or 3 goals for each. I think it'll be a high scoring affair. But looking at the history for Liverpool, it's quite often been a defender that's scored a winning goal in the European Cup or Champions League win. The best thing is it's going to be an exciting game, not a cagey game. Both managers play positive football. Klopp's got some amazing players, he said it's the best cup final team he's ever had. Both have been in domestic cup finals, and one will win their first trophy in years.”
"You can be lucky, you can be unlucky, but they'll both have their game plan, they'll both be very attacking I would think. They'll be on the front foot. They like to attack. The strength of both teams is their attacking."
Q: WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON JURGEN KLOPP?
"What he's done in a short space of time is incredible. They were unlucky not to have won the league. If they win the league next year, and I hope they do, they won't get as many points as they did this year. Everybody is so impressed that they lost by a point to Manchester City. 97 points is a wow season, but when you're a player you want to end up with a trophy.”
"He's turned it around; he's got a lot of great players. Wijnaldum who was with us at Newcastle, he's shown what a great player he is. He came on in the semifinals and basically turned the tide. When you see players that you've worked with like Wijnaldum and Sissoko it gives you a buzz as well - brilliant for them."
Q: GIVEN THAT LIVERPOOL HAVE COME AGONISINGLY CLOSE IN THE EUROPA LEAGUE, LEAGUE CUP, CHAMPIONS LEAGUE AND PREMIER LEAGUE IN THE PAST SEASONS - HOW IMPORTANT IS THIS FOR THEM?
"It's very important. I don't think it's as important for Spurs. They're there unexpectedly, without being cruel. They almost went out in the group stage - scraped through with 9 points, which is quite unusual. So, for them, there's less pressure. But as a player, you want to win. The loser will go home devastated.
When you're 90 minutes away, 120 minutes, penalties, whatever, it's an incredible situation they've both found themselves in. Especially Liverpool after last year. They were beaten by a better Real Madrid team on the day. Since then they're a totally different team. They've turned a lot of things around and are in a positive place at the moment."
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