Real Madrid defeated Liverpool 3-1 in the first leg of the UEFA Champions League quarterfinal, and ABZ looks at the five things to note in the clash.
Liverpool’s defenders are not good enough: The defensive pair of Ozan Kabak and Nathaniel Philips did not work and the Real Madrid forwards were all over them. The communication was poor. Maybe Fabinho needs to go back to playing central defense.
Real Madrid lucky to have 11 players: Lucas Vasquez could have been sent off before the Blancos scored their second goal after he badged into Sadio Mane, who was on goal, but the referee waved play on.
Keita gambling did not work: Jurgen Klopp started Nabil Keita ahead of Thiago Alcantara, but the gamble did not work, as the Guinean did not have any impact in the game, and he was subbed off in the 42nd minute.
Vinicius proves critics wrong: Vinicius Junior has been heavily criticised for his poor finishing since he joined Real Madrid, but his two well-taken goals showed he has it in him to score goals.
Real Madrid are the UCL team: Real Madrid once again showed that they can step up when it mattered the most. Few hours to the tie, defender Raphael Varane tested position to COVID-19 and captain Ramos had been ruled out, but the players stepped up and scored the needed goals to have one foot in the semifinal.