The Real Madrid will have to be measured at Liverpool on its way to the fourteenth Champions of its history, in the quarter finals of this edition. Fate has wanted me to be reissue the 2018 final that the whites took, in which it was Zidane’s last game in his first stage on the white bench and which meant a change of cycle, also with the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo.
However, whites have the opportunity to open a new chapter against that same rival, since the luck has smiled to those of the capital the way to the end. If they qualify against the ‘reds’, Madrid will be measured in semifinals to the winner of Chelsea and Porto, two of the weakest teams in the draw held this Friday.
Since the 2018 final, Liverpool have been a roller coaster of sensations. Just a year later they repeated the Champions League final, after the historic comeback against Barça in the semifinals, and champions were proclaimed in 2019precisely in Madrid. Last season the capital was crossed again in its destination, this time in a negative way, falling into extra time of quarters against Atlético de Madrid.
However, the growth of Klopp’s was exponential and the The goal was to win the league once and for all, and doing so for the first time since it was renamed the Premier League. More than twenty years later, they succeeded by being a real steamroller in England, but this season they have not managed to extend that good form.
Depleted by injuries, especially for that of their great defensive bastion Van Dijk, have shown several defense deficiencies and the whole team has slump. In fact, his attack triplet withSalah, Mané and Firmino, which they strengthened with the arrival of Diogo Jota, is no longer as feared as in recent times, being this intimidating aspect, in the nature of Madrid, the great asset for Zidane’s men.
Curiously, one of the greatest difficulties in reaching the quarterfinals will be FC Barcelona. The duel of first leg will be played on April 6 and back, seven days later, the day 13. A week in which Real Madrid will play practically its entire season since in between will have, neither more nor less, the Classic against Barça, on Saturday 10. The duel with the Catalans may be the last train of the whites for the league.
A defeat would condemn the chances of Zidane’s men to continue fighting for the league title, while with a victory would surpass Barça, the classification would be further tightened, with the permission of Atlético, and would have the direct duels against colchoneros and azulgranas won, giving them an advantage in the event of a tie.
Another key to the meeting will not be marked by football, but by the pandemic and the travel restriction established by the Government for arrivals from the United Kingdom. If the current situation does not change, and as has happened to Atlético or Real Sociedad, Real Madrid will not be able to play their match at the Di Stéfano de Valdebebas and you will lose that advantage that playing your games at home always gives. In that circumstance, you will have to find another stadium in Europe for the first leg.
Seeing Liverpool and Real Madrid face off again, it also recalls another of the most iconic images of that final, the fatal injury to Mohamed Salah. The one who was being the most outstanding footballer in Europe that season was dragged to the ground by Sergio Ramos, falling in such a way that it ended injuring his shoulder and having to withdraw from the game. A circumstance that tarnished and affected the performance of the British in that match.