UCL Real Madrid vs Liverpool: How LaLiga giant took advantage of Klopp’s Reds
Real Madrid celebrated a landmark match in the Champions League with another brilliant win to knock Liverpool out of the competition.
Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has explained how his club benefited from Liverpool’s style during their clash in the Champions League round of 16.
Ancelotti revealed this after Real Madrid defeated Liverpool 1-0 in the second leg of their round of 16 match at the Santiago Bernabéu on Wednesday night.
Karim Benzema scored the only goal as Los Blancos completed the double over Liverpool to advance to the quarter final with an aggregate 6-2 victory.
Liverpool’s high press cost them
Following an excellent first-leg performance which saw Real Madrid win 5-2 at Anfield, Los Blanco’s came into the second leg as favourites to win.
On the occasion of a milestone at the Bernabéu, as Real Madrid became the first club to play 300 matches in the Champions League, the La Liga giant didn’t disappoint their fans.
Real Madrid took advantage of how the Reds play to hand the English side their heaviest aggregate defeat in the Champions League.
According to Real manager, Ancelotti, Jürgen Klopp’s high press played into the hands of Real Madrid and the Spanish side duly took advantage of it through Toni Kroos and Luka Modrić.“Pressing up high for them has cost them because Modrić and Kroos manage very well in these types of matches," Ancelotti told Movistar via Fotmob.
Karim Benzema scored the only goal for Real Madrid.
“They are not afraid and are able to get the ball out from the back. It has cost [Liverpool] in this sense.”
With the win over Liverpool, Madrid were through to the quarter-finals for the 19th time in the Champions League, one more than LaLiga rivals Barcelona, with only Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich (21 times) the only club with more.