In the first leg of the quarter-final against Liverpool, Real Madrid won an impressive victory with a 3-1 advantage, and they may even win with a greater advantage. The key to this victory will be discussed below. Ed McTear gave three answers and three questions in his regular speech in Valdebebas.
1. There is no Wallen. So, what will Zidane do?
The drama of the first leg of the quarter-finals began eight hours before kickoff, when news broke that Raphaël Varane had tested positive for COVID-19. This is a critical blow. So, what will Zidane do? Well, he went to 4-3-3. If Varane is available, will he stick to the latest 3-5-2? This may be raised at a press conference, we may find out, but what we know is 4-3-3 (when Benzema is often on top of Trent Alexander-Arnold, Leaning to the left of Real Madrid) worked wonderfully.
2. How will Real Madrid handle Liverpool̵
“Intensity. They are so intense.” That is one of the main descriptions of Liverpool’s participation in this game. One of the biggest questions is how Real Madrid will respond to their news, especially in Sergio Ramos. In case of missing. However, they handled it very well. Nacho, ÉderMilitão and Thibaut Courtois all remained calm under pressure while also knowing when to serve the Z row (DiStéfano does not have a real Z row, but you know…). The designed long ball is also part of Real Madrid’s strategy, usually under the guidance of Vinícius, who did an excellent job of putting it down or hitting the packages correctly from the sky. It also helps when you let Toni Kroos participate in many such long ball games. The goal he scored for Vinicius was his 85th full long goal in the UEFA Champions League this season. When other players do not exceed 56, this is a crazy stat.
3. How do you feel Ramos’ absence?
Until now, we all know Real Madrid’s performance in the Champions League without Ramos. In the last 11 European games without him, there have been 8 defeats and 3 victories. So, how much will they miss Ramos in the first round and this tie? Well, Nacho and Militano both had outstanding performances in the back row, and they actually didn’t miss Ramos on the court, even if they had. As for Ramos’ leadership, even if he is not there, they still get it. Ramos sat in the stands, shouting and encouraging during the game. “Get up, everyone!” “Go back to the goalkeeper!” “Be careful!” The referee also has some suggestions…I can hear it clearly from where I am sitting, even not far from him. So, you can bet that Real Madrid players have also heard it. Ramos is very important in this important night for Real Madrid, at least as a leader.
1. How good is this confidence in Vinicius?
This is Vinicius’ night. On the one hand because he is a key part of Zidane’s game plan, on the other hand because he has one of the best performances in his young career. This is not only a goal, because his overall performance and dribble are very good, but the two goals are clearly outstanding. Now, you must wonder where Vinícius might go from here. In the past few decades, all the great men have participated in the Champions League game. This may be the game of Vinicius. Moreover, it also got rid of Atlanta’s outstanding performance in the second round.
2. Will Real Madrid regret Asensio’s defeat?
Marco Asensio also performed well, scoring the second goal. In the past few weeks, his form has indeed improved, but he could and should have scored another goal. After Ozan Kabak made a mistake, there was a chance at the end of the first half, one-on-one in the 64th minute before 3-1, and then another chance to turn it into 4-1 in the 67th minute, when he couldn’t completely turn around in the frame. When shooting inside. Asensio came to the fore shortly afterwards and he was satisfied with his contribution, but the story of Ousmane Dembélé tells of a good opportunity missed in the first leg against Liverpool…
3. Will Zidane choose the same lineup in the second round?
Ferland Mendy and Fede Valverde are the only players who are likely to be suspended, and neither of them has been booked, so Zidane will have the same in the second round player of. There may be other injuries, or Dani Carvajal or Eden Hazard may return, but it should basically be the same choice. So, will he choose the same starting XI? Remember, there is clearly El Clásico between now and the second round next Wednesday. However, it is not surprising to see Zidane make the same settings. Liverpool certainly will not. For many reasons, but one of them is how much improvement they have made when Thiago went live. Let’s take a look, but for now, this is the result of the first leg that Real Madrid greatly appreciates.