With the Champions League Final almost here, What The Sport takes a look at all the teams that have lost the final in the last decade.
What does losing the Champions League final do to your confidence, your player roster, and your position in the league the next year?
2019 – Tottenham lost to Liverpool in the final. Spurs conceded a penalty in the first 5mins of the game. Spurs chased the game for the next 85mins and ended up losing 2 nil. Spurs ended up in the being knocked out in the last 16 by RB Leipzig 4 – nil on aggregate.
2018 – Liverpool lost to Real Madrid team that managed to lift the trophy three years in a row. Liverpool went on to strengthen their team with the arrival of Virgil Van Dijk this year, finished the season with the highest points tally in their history. Just 12 months later they are back in the final. Klopp’s men stepped up their game and are back to claim the trophy.
2017 – Juventus lost the final 4-1 to a Cristiano Ronaldo’s Los Blancos. It’s Juve though, the following season they won the Italian league again. Nothing new here for the team that’s dominated Italian football for the last decade.
2016 – Athletico Madrid lost the final to their city superiors, with Real Madrid lifting the trophy that season. In the following season, their main man Antoine Griezmann netted 26 goals in all competitions, finishing third in La Liga.
2015 – Juventus lost in their first European final since 2003 to a scintillating Barca side. And again, nothing new in Italy; Juve went on to win the Italian treble the following season. But the men from Turin only managed a round of 16 finish in the Champions League.
2014 – Athletico Madrid lost in a repeat of the 2016 final against Real Madrid. This time, they were humiliated 4-1 in Lisbon. The following season they finished 3rd in La Liga and managed to reach the Champions League quarter-final. Maintaining the standards and expectations of Madrid’s second team.
2013 – Borussia Dortmund lost an all-German final under the Wembley arch, but not without capturing the hearts of football fans worldwide for their underdog story inspired by their then-manager Jurgen Klopp. The following season they overachieved in Europe again reaching the quarter-finals. They also came runner up to a dominant Bayern Munich side in the league, not before parting ways with their cult hero, Klopp.
2012 – Bayern Munich lost at home as Chelsea finally completed their European dream, with Didier Drogba and Petr Cech heroes on the night in Munich, on penalties. The stuff of dreams. The following season Bayern went on to win the Bundesliga and it was business, as usual, going on to win an unprecedented quadruple.
2011 – Barcelona beat an Alex Ferguson side that could have gone on to win more. Losing 3-1 in Wembley would have hurt United fans who had hoped of a repeat of the 2008 final against Chelsea in Moscow. It hurt so much, the following season the red devils couldn’t get out of the group stages, and only managed a second-place finish in the league.
2010 – Bayern Munich found themselves undone by a clinical Jose Mourino Inter team in Madrid. The following season Mourinho had left, and so did his winning mentality apparently. Inter finished second in the league and crashed out of the Champions League in the quarterfinals.
2009 – Manchester United lost to Barcelona despite it being their second consecutive final. The following season was disappointing by United’s standards; finishing 2nd, league cup winners, and only managing to get as far as the quarterfinals in the Champions League.
So what will happen to this season’s losers? Spurs have a new stadium a limited transfer budget. Liverpool, on the other hand, will need to find a way to make sure their best season in decades doesn’t end with them empty-handed.