UEFA Champions League quarter-finals bring reissue of 2018 final in Kiev that faced Jürgen Klopp’s Liverpool with Zinedine Zidane’s Real Madrid and that ended up representing the thirteenth conquest of the Madridista team.
Two of Europe’s most successful teams meet in the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals; between Merengues and Reds they add 19 European Cups and they are cited after having overcome their clashes in the round of 16, Real Madrid having beaten Atalanta and Liverpool giving an account of the German RB Leipzig.
In the last edition of the Champions, Real Madrid fell into the hands of an English team – Manchester City – while Liverpool succumbed to a Spanish team – Atlético de Madrid- Therefore, in this tie, one of the two teams will have to complete their participation against teams of the same nationality for the second consecutive year.
Meringues and Reds they have seen each other 6 times, all of them in European Cup matches, with statistical dividends that could not be more even because both teams have won 3 times and have scored 7 goals each, and have also won the top European title at the Club level at the expense of the rival on one occasion each.
The first time they met, the English team conquered the European sky; andBob Paisley’s Liverpool defeated Madrid, led by Vujadin Boškov, 1-0 in the 1981 European Cup final in Paris, with a goal from Alan Kennedy with nine minutes remaining.
Liverpool eliminated Real Madrid 5-0 on aggregate in the 2008/09 round of 16. Rafa Benítez’s Reds won the first leg in the Spanish capital 0-1 with a goal from Yossi Benayoun eight minutes from time; to complete a comfortable aggregate victory with a 4-0 return leg in Merseyside (Madrid’s biggest defeat in the UEFA Champions League), thanks to two goals from Steven Gerrard and goals from Fernando Torres and Andrea Dossena.
Benzema key in the three merengues victories
These teams also met in the group stage of the 2014/15 season. Real Madrid won both games, with two goals from Benzema in the first, a 3-0 win at Anfield Road. The Frenchman also scored Madrid’s only winning goal in Spain (1-0) a couple of weeks later.
The helmsman of both teams has remained intact since the last time these two teams met when on May 26, 2018 at the NSC Olimpiyski in Kiev, Zinedine Zidane’s Real Madrid became the first team to chain a consecutive ‘triplet’ of titles in the European Cup twice – winning the only three-time championship since the Champions format- after a 3-1 victory with goals from Benzema and Gareth Bale against Liverpool led, as now, by Jürgen Klopp.
Numbers in hindsight
The meringue set is in the quarterfinals of the European Cup for the 36th time, more than any other team. His balance is 29 victories and six defeats.
Real Madrid added six of their ten points from this season’s group stage against Inter Milan, which he beat 3-2 at home and 0-2 at home. They only added one point in their first two Group B matches, losing 2-3 at home to Shakhtar Donetsk, before late goals from Karim Benzema (87 ‘) and Casemiro (90’ + 3) rescued a draw. 2 -2 in the Borussia Mönchengladbach field on matchday two. The victories against Inter were followed by a 2-0 defeat at Shakhtar field. They defeated Mönchengladbach by the same result on the last day of the group. . Madrid finished first in their group for the second time in the last five seasons and for the 17th time in total.
Madrid, champion of the Spanish League for the 34th time in 2019/20, is contesting his 25th UEFA Champions League campaign, a record shared with Barcelona. Se has qualified for the knockout rounds on all 25 occasions, also a competition record.
This is the 51st campaign in the European Cup of the 13-time champion, more than any other team.
Madrid’s balance in two-legged ties cagainst English clubs is eight classifications and five eliminations. He had surpassed three in a row before last season’s elimination against Manchester City.
The first leg loss to City was only Madrid’s third at home to English clubs. His balance is completed with eight victories and six draws. After drawing 1-1 with Tottenham in the 2017/18 group stage, Madrid have not won any of their last two home games against visitors in the English Premier League.
El Liverpool has made it through 11 of its 15 quarter-final ties of the European Cup.
The Reds they won their first three games this season in the Champions League without conceding a single goal, defeating Ajax (0-1) and Atalanta (0-5) at home, and at home to Midtjylland (2-0). The 2-0 loss to the Italian team on matchday four was their first group stage defeat at Anfield since October 2014, but lThey secured their qualification and first place with another 1-0 win against Ajax on date five., before a final 1-1 draw in the Midtjylland courtyard.
Liverpool have won 15 of their last 23 European matches (three draws and five defeats).
The Reds are in the UEFA Champions League for the 13th time. It is the eighth time they have reached the quarterfinals.
Liverpool have only won two of their last 12 meetings against Spanish teams (two draws and eight losses), a streak that includes defeats 3-1 under Klopp in the 2016 UEFA Europa League final against Sevilla, and in the 2018 UEFA Champions League final against his rival in turn, Real Madrid.