Zinedine Zidane Real Madrid
Zinedine Zidane Real Madrid

Real Madrid take on Liverpool in the Champions League this week and the Los Blancos go into this second leg at the back of a fine win vs Barcelona in the El Classico.

Madrid had won the first leg 3-1 thanks to some fine attacking play but some experts have claimed that since the Spanish side have a two-goal advantage, they are going to tread really carefully at Anfield.

But while speaking about how he is planning to set up his side, Zinedine Zidane has made it clear that his players are not going to sit back and become ultra defensive in the second leg.

“We won’t be holding back. When Real Madrid take to the pitch, we do so to win,” Zidane said in his press conference.

“After the effort we’ve put in over our last two games, what with the first leg and the Barcelona match, it’s more of the same tomorrow, but we’re used to that. It’ll be an extremely tough game and we can progress to the semi-finals and we’ll have to go all out. We’ve had a lot of players out, but we have to keep going. We’re ready.

“This group always comes together in adversity and shows its spirit. I’d have liked for all of them to have been available, but we go with who we’ve got and we want to put in a big performance.”

 

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Real Madrid have a number of injury concerns going into this match including players like Sergio Ramos and Raphael Varane. But it’s the attackers who are going to be the real game changers for the La Liga side.

Eden Hazard is likely to be out for the second leg as well but that would mean Zidane will get the chance to play the trio of Benzema, Vinicius and Asensio in the final third.

Vinicius was the star of the show last week but despite what Zidane might say, we doubt if he will ask his players to go all out at Anfield. Liverpool have the firepower to hurt them and even the Madrid boss is well aware of that.

A two-goal cushion is a great plus to take to a place like Anfield so Real Madrid will likely try and soak up the pressure as much as they can and then try to hit Liverpool on the counter.

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