Against all the odds
BY wangxingwei from 21st Century
Published 2019-06-13

Back in March, when four English clubs – Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur – made it into the quarter-finals of this year’s UEFA Champions League, The Guardian chose to hold its breath on the odds of an English team winning the championship.

“Celebrate by all means,” wrote the paper’s reporter Jonathan Wilson. “But remember, it means little without the trophy.”

Now, three months later, Liverpool is finally holding the trophy in its hands – their sixth European title – after defeating Tottenham Hotspur on June 1.
如今三个月过去,6月1日,利物浦在击败托特纳姆热刺之后,终于捧起了这座奖杯 —— 这也是利物浦第六次捧起大耳朵杯。

However, as important as the trophy is and as sweet as the victory is, that final match wasn’t even Liverpool’s biggest moment in the competition.

That moment came on May 7 in the semi-final when the team beat Spain’s Barcelona 4-0, turning around a three-goal deficit and making it into the final. That match was considered one of the greatest and most unthinkable comebacks in the Champions League history. “It shows what’s possible in football,” Liverpool’s manager Jurgen Klopp told CNN.

Even the then UK prime minister Theresa May praised the team’s never-say-never spirit during a meeting in parliament on May 8. She also compared her Brexit battle with the fierce match. “What it shows is that when everyone says it’s all over, [and] that your European opposition have gotten you beat, the clock’s ticking down and it’s time to accept defeat, actually we can still secure success if everyone comes together,” said May.

May had to resign as UK prime minister on June 7, but Liverpool stuck to that “spirit”, fighting against all odds, no matter how small Wilson said they were.

(Translator & Editor: Wang Xingwei AND Luo Sitian)
Champions League  欧洲冠军联赛
Odds  几率
Trophy  奖杯
Deficit  逆差
Parliament  议会
Brexit  脱欧