Real Madrid took care of business against Bayern Munich to advance to the Champions League final in Kyiv on May 26. There the Spanish titans will face Liverpool for a shot at their 13th European title.At this point, with 12 European Cups to their name, Real Madrid are the juggernaut that will almost always be favored in any matchup. That’s no different this year. Liverpool have been on fire as of late, but the Reds stand no chance of conquering the Spaniards in Ukraine at the end of May.
Sometimes it happens in a blowout, like last year’s demolition of Juventus in the final. Sometimes it happens in a heartbreaker for their opponent, as was the case for domestic rivals Atletico Madrid two years ago. But no matter how it happens, Real Madrid have a predilection for crushing opponents’ hearts and stealing away Champions League victory.
What makes this year’s team so special, though? Beyond the club’s history, there are tangible reasons why Real Madrid are the odds-on favorite to walk out of the NSC Olimpiyskiy with the European Cup lofted overhead.
Let’s examine a few of them today. What’s going to be the decisive factor that tips Real Madrid over the top yet again? Here are five reasons the Spanish giants are going to return home from the Ukrainian capital with the ultimate prize in European soccer.