Dortmund coach Eden Terzic said, “Within us there is great faith, but it will not be enough on its own to cross. We played a very good game in Manchester, and we showed how much we can bother them, but we need to win, despite the difficulty of the task, but we need courage.”
For his part, City is living a very special period as it tops the Premier League standings with 74 points, and is close to clinching its third title in the last four seasons. City has scored 28 successive domestic victories, which is a record, so its focus will be on going far in the European Championship.
Liverpool x Real Madrid
A difficult season that Liverpool are going through. The domestic league champion last season, and the holder of the Champions League title the previous season, seems close to bidding farewell to the most prestigious tournament after losing hope locally, and is competing for a seat that qualifies for European championships. Liverpool lost everything when its Dutch defender, Virgil Van Dyck, was injured in the cruciate ligament at the beginning of the season, and then a ball of injuries, from Thiago Alcantara to Chamberlain, Joe Gomez, Henderson, Matip, Fabinho and many others … so the club lost many matches, and thus retreated to the middle of the local standings table, It is now ranked sixth, 22 points behind leaders Manchester City.
In order to try to win the meeting, and to benefit from the absence of important elements from Real Madrid, the first of which is the captain, Sergio Ramos, Liverpool coach, German Jurgen Klopp, may resort to starting with Alcantara and Fabinho, and keeping Nabi Keita on the bench. It also appears that the German coach needs to motivate the front line players, especially the Egyptian Mohamed Salah and the Senegalese Sadio Mane, to provide the best, after their level declined in the recent period, compared to previous years.
In terms of Real, things look good, especially after winning the El Clasico match, and the great morale that the players left. Real plays with his very big character in the Champions League, and therefore it will not be an easy opponent, even if Liverpool were in his best days.
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