Mar 14, 2023 at 10:38 PMUpdate: 31 minutes ago
Liverpool coach Jürgen Klopp still believes in Liverpool’s chances of reaching the quarter-finals of the Champions League, although he realizes he is one of the few. ‘The Reds’ lost 2-5 at home to the Spaniards three weeks ago, leaving them with an almost impossible assignment on Wednesday.
“I think 100 per cent of the people in this room think we don’t stand a chance. And if I’m the only one who has a little bit of faith, that’s okay,” Klopp said at a press conference at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on Tuesday. “1 percent can be enough, I would like to take that opportunity.”
At Anfield, Liverpool started strongly against Real and was already 2-0 ahead within fifteen minutes. It was 2-2 halfway through, after which Klopp’s team was outclassed by the title holder in the second half.
The German coach knows the qualities of Real, which was also too strong for Liverpool (1-0) in the Champions League final last season. “We’re up against an extremely strong opponent here, but we’re going to try and win the game. And as hard as it is, I believe it’s possible.”
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‘It’s a great team’
According to Klopp, Real’s strength is its versatility. “It is a great team in all areas. On the ball, when putting pressure, with counters and they are very strong defensively. Real also never seems to give up. Luka Modric, Karim Benzema and Toni Kroos have experience, but there is with Aurélien Tchouaméni also young talent. It’s a great team.”
Klopp cannot have Stefan Bajcetic in Madrid, the eighteen-year-old midfielder who was allowed to start in the first leg in Liverpool. Virgil van Dijk and Cody Gakpo are there. Van Dijk will start anyway and there is a good chance that Gakpo will also be in the base.
Real against Liverpool starts on Wednesday at 9 p.m. at Estadio Santiago Bernabéu and is led by German referee Felix Zwayer.
Results eighth finals CL
Benfica-Club Bruges (5-1 and 2-0)
Chelsea-Dortmund (2-0 and 0-1)
Bayern Munich-PSG (1-0 en 2-0) Tottenham-AC Milan (0-0 in 0-1) Porto-International (0-0 in 0-1)
Manchester City-RB Leipzig (7-0 and 1-1) Wednesday: Real Madrid-Liverpool (5-2) Wednesday Napoli-Eintracht Frankfurt (2-0)
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