Real Madrid vs Liverpool Champions League LIVE Football Score 6 April 2021
Two of the most successful teams in the history of the European Cup will lock horns in the Spanish capital on Tuesday night as Real Madrid welcome Liverpool for the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final.
Madrid, who are 13-time winners of the competition, will be looking to secure an advantage at the Alfredo Di Stefano Stadium ahead of the reverse fixture at Anfield on April 14.
Madrid are comfortably the most successful team in the history of the European Cup, winning the competition on 13 occasions, including four times in the last seven years, but they have been knocked out in the round of 16 in each of the last two years, losing to Ajax and Manchester City respectively.
Zinedine Zidane‘s side were not regarded as one of the favourites for this competition at the start of the season, but it is difficult to discount them considering their experience of winning at this level of football.
Los Blancos were not at their best in the group stages of this season’s competition, winning just three of their six Group B fixtures, but they managed to claim 10 points to finish at the top of the section.
Talented Italian outfit Atalanta BC were their opponents in the round of 16, but it proved to be a relatively routine tie for Zidane’s team, who recorded a 1-0 victory away from home in the first leg before winning 3-1 in the Spanish capital to progress to the final eight of the competition courtesy of a 4-1 aggregate scoreline.
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Aiming to blunt those aspirations are Los Blancos, who similarly have been nowhere near the final since completing their three-peat back in 2018 (by beating Liverpool). Zinedine Zidane’s men are hunting to retain La Liga and will have to handle a Clasico between these two legs. So almost anything could happen, but still we’ve come up with some predictions.
1. Predicted Real Madrid XI
Zidane will take no risks with his starting XI against Liverpool. The absence of Sergio Ramos will be a blow to the French coach but nevertheless he has a largely healthy and very talented squad to put out, with Thibaut Courtois a lock in goal.
The back four picks itself with Nacho filling in for Ramos, while Lucas Vazquez retains his spot at right-back with Dani Carvajal a long-term absentee. The midfield also picks itself as Los Blancos will again rely on the terrific trio of Casemiro, Luka Modric and Toni Kroos. These three will look to control the tempo of the game, and have a history of forcing bad performances from Thiago Alcantara; can the Spaniard buck that trend to finally out-do Real Madrid?