Real Madrid faced Liverpool in the quarterfinal of the Champions League this season and emerged victorious over two legs on aggregate.
Real Madrid booked a spot in the Champions League semi-final for the first time since 2018, thanks to a 3-1 aggregate win over Liverpool in the quarterfinal. Although the second leg ended 0-0 at Anfield on Wednesday, a home success for Los Blancos in the first outing was enough to cast the die on a tie wherein both sides had jointly won 19 European Cups.
Los Blancos, who were depleted through injuries took a very defensive approach to the game and got away with a clean sheet. The absence of key defenders did not bother Zinedine Zidane’s charges, who were head and shoulders above the defending Premier League champions in every department over the two legs.
Here is a look at the three talking points from the match.
REAL MADRID TOOK AN EXPERIENCED AND PRAGMATIC APPROACH
A debilitated Real Madrid side missed some key players in defence and attack for the second leg and thus, did not take any risks. The team was physically tired due to the lack of rotation the last two games, which were against Barcelona and Liverpool. They defended in a low block and tried to hit Liverpool on the counter-attack at Anfield.
At the end of the bout, they had fulfilled their task of keeping a potent Liverpool frontline at bay by keeping a clean sheet. Federico Valverde did a great job in an impeded role of a right-back whereas Casemiro once again put in a man of the match display. Eder Militao and Nacho Fernandez were also outstanding in defence, as was Ferland Mendy.