The Real Madrid receive this Tuesday at Liverpool in the first leg of the quarterfinals of the Champions League, in a decisive week for his future in Europe and in the Spanish championship.
The ‘meringues’, the only Spanish representatives left in the competition in the ‘Champions’, receive the English team (15:00) before facing Barcelona in a Clásico on Saturday, which could be key for La Liga.
The white team comes at a good moment to this repetition of the 2018 Champions final when Real Madrid beat the ‘Reds’ 3-1 to lift the 13th European Cup in their history.
Those of the ‘White House’ accumulate eleven meetings without knowing defeat, nine of them victories, the last on Saturday against Eibar in the League (2-0) to push the Spanish championship a little more.
Real Madrid are just three points behind the leader, Atlético de Madrid, with nine games to go to the end of the Spanish championship.
“We are alive in both competitions”, said Zidane this Monday the Merengue coach, Zinedine Zidane, clarifying that “we have had a hard time, now we are in a good moment, but it does not mean anything, tomorrow is going to be a very hard game, very difficult and we will have to compete well ”.
For it, Zidane will have the good run of Karim Benzema, who has scored 24 goals so far this season, 6 of them in the last five official games for the white team.
He can be joined by the improvement of Marco Asensio, who has scored in the last three Real Madrid games.
Instead, the ‘merengue’ team He will not be able to count on his captain Sergio Ramos for this meeting, injured left calf.
The good moment of the Spanish team contrasts somewhat with the tough season that Liverpool is going through, far from the image of the finalist team in the Champions League in 2018 and champion the following year.
Winner of the Premier League last season for the first time in 30 years, Liverpool are in sixth position this season, fighting to reach the four positions that qualify for the Champions League.
Anfield’s strength, in which the club managed to remain undefeated for nearly four years, fell in six straight games for the first time in club history this season.
To this were added the injuries of important men like the captain Jordan Henderson and the defenders Virgil Van Dijk, Joe Gomez o Joel Matip, that the matches against Real Madrid will be lost.
Despite all these burdens, Liverpool seem to have started to resurface in recent weeks with three consecutive victories in official matches.
“We feel good but we know we are facing a tough opponent,” Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said on Monday.
In midfield, Thiago Alcántara, weighed down by injuries during the season, seems to be recovering his cruising speed, helped by the return to the core of Fabinho, who has returned his identity to the ‘Reds’.
Ahead, Diogo Jota, who has also suffered this season with injuries, has recovered his marksmanship with six goals in his last four games with Liverpool and the Portuguese national team.
“I’m scoring a lot of goals, it’s what I want: to help the team. I don’t mind not scoring if the team wins ”, Jota assured this Monday at a press conference.
Elements to give hope to Klopp’s men in a match that is predicted to be played.
Real Madrid: Courtois – Lucas Vázquez, Varane, Nacho, Mendy – Modric, Casemiro, Kroos – Asensio, Benzema, Vinicius. Intern: Zinedine Zidane (FRA).
Liverpool: Alisson – Robertson, Kabak, Phillips, Alexander-Arnold – Thiago, Wijnaldum, Fabinho – Salah, Jota, Mané. Director: Jurgen Klopp (ALE)