Zidane, during Real Madrid-Liverpool.GABRIEL BOUYS / AF
P Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker appeared in Valdebebas with a vintage aesthetic, with a thick mustache that made everyone think of the unforgettable Bruce Grobbelaar, the eccentric South African goalkeeper of the reds who won it all for 13 seasons between the eighties and nineties. Those were glory times at Anfield. Just the opposite of what happened to the Klopp boys in the first part in the pandemic desert of Di Stéfano. During those 45 minutes, it seemed that the English legs really shook, and not jokingly like Grobbelaar in the unforgettable penalty shoot-out in the 84th European Cup final.
They grinned in the Kroos dressing room tunnel , Modric, Vinicius and Benzema before returning after the break. They didn't see any clouds above them at this point. It was brought in by Salah in the first shot he caught at the resumption, the visitors 'first shot on goal, although Vinicius soon extended the Whites' advantage in a shot that did not leave Alisson very well.
Real MadridCourtois, Nacho, Eder Militao, Ferland Mendy, Lucas Vázquez, Modric, Kroos, Casemiro, Marco Asensio (Federico Valverde, min. 69), Benzema and Vinicius Junior (Rodrygo, min. 84) LiverpoolAlisson, Trent Alexander-Arnold, A. Robertson, Nathaniel Phillips, Ozan Kabak (Roberto Firmino, min. 80), Fabinho, Wijnaldum, Naby Keita (Thiago, min. 41), Salah, Mane and Diogo Jota (Shaqiri, min. 80) Goals1-0 min. 26: Vinicius Junior. 2-0 min. 35: Marco Asensio. 2-1 min. 50: Salah. 3-1 min. 64: Vinicius Junior. Referee Dr. Felix Brych Yellow cards Mane (min. 38), Lucas Vázquez (min. 48), Thiago (min. 55) and Trent Alexander-Arnold (min. 82)
Zinedine Zidane was used to emphasize that 3-1 did not mean anything , that they were not yet close to qualifying and that an Anfield as empty as it is dangerous awaits them, but he did take advantage of the trip to get his chest out after months of problems. “What the players are doing is tremendous after having had many difficulties. We have turned the season around. We are alive in both competitions. The best thing is the character of the team. It has not been easy for them. This team has no limits, that's the good thing. They always want more, they have experience and they want to keep winning ”, he affirmed.
In the morning he had breakfast with Varane's positive , although he clarified that the loss did not imply any tactical modification. “We prepare the game to play 4-3-3. We don't change anything, just Mili [Militão] for Rafa ”, he warned when in doubt as to whether the absence of the French central defender had motivated another drawing. The white coach, recurrent in his speech, returned to focus on work behind. “What we did very well is the defensive part. Everyone. Because if you defend well, in attack we will have something, "he said, despite lamenting Salah's bingo in the first shot between the three suits of the English. PPV Vinicius shoots a great Madrid " You eat it, Vini! " Klopp: "At least Anfield is a stadium"
The white defense had been even more stripped after Varane's fall at the last minute (Ramos and Carvajal were not there either), but the British has been like this all year. Unfortunately for him, as could be seen in Di Stéfano. The submission of Madrid in an impeccable first part of the premises went through digging into the cracks of a rear in the bones, also worsened by their own mistakes, as in the second goal. In the first, between Kroos and Vinicius they stuck the knife in one of Liverpool's weak points, the gaps that open between the central and the laterals. The German executed a telescopic pass from his own field, the Brazilian put out his chest to tame the ball and then hit Alisson. "There was something out there prepared," Zidane confirmed when asked about it. "His wings are very offensive, and the quality of Toni and the speed of Vini were fantastic," explained the Frenchman. "We knew that we had to attack those spaces very well," certified Asensio.
"Our virtue was to combine long possessions with deep balls for Asensio and Vinicius. In this, Modric and Kroos helped us a lot ”, stated Lucas Vázquez, who did not want to go into details when asked about his future at the club (he is fulfilling a contract at the end of this season). The non-response conveyed that there was no progress in its continuity.
If the duel crowned Vinicius, it also reinforced Asensio, who added the fourth match in a row marking his best streak. As many goals in these four games (four) as in the previous 40. “A lot of things [have clicked] and I keep them to myself. I knew that with time my moment would appear. I have always been confident and, in addition, it arrives in the key section of the season, "he said.
Now, with the Liverpool port crowned with relative success, the next in this stage reigns for Madrid is Saturday's classic, although that does not alter still Zidane's pulse. They asked him if he would start preparing it soon, but the Frenchman raised his eyebrow and said: “Not tomorrow either, eh. Tranquillity. Now we have to recover well ”.
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