The replacement Liverpool keeper told AS that the Reds were able to erase the trauma of the C1 final lost against Real in 2018.
The Champions League often offers thrilling evenings. Pitting against the best European teams, the competition holds its share of exploits, surprises, but also rivalries. Liverpool and Real Madrid, two historic clubs, know something about it, they who notably faced each other in the final during the 2018 edition.
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That year, it was Zinédine Zidane’s Real Madrid who won against the English. But while the two teams meet Tuesday night in the quarter-finals, Adrian, the Brazilian goalkeeper of Liverpool, does not want to talk about revenge. “I don’t think so, no. In football, clashes between different teams come up regularly. For us it’s a chance to show that Liverpool are here. 2018 was a few years ago and what has arrived has arrived. There is no need to dwell on this bad memory. Liverpool have changed a lot since that time and so have Real Madrid. “, thus entrusted the substitute doorman, in an interview granted to AS.
“We are going to Madrid with everything we have”
According to him, regardless of the state of form of each one. In C1, all the cards are redistributed. “The Champions League is a special competition, it’s different. It changes your chip. It happened to us in the last few games. In the Premier League, we weren’t good, but we had a difficult playoff against Leipzig. Against Real, we will go with all the respect we should have for a great club, but with the ambition to pass the course. We are going to Madrid with everything we have “.
“Both teams have been more or less present. They are not as strong as in the last few years. The same thing happens to us, but regardless, Real are still dangerous. In attack, they have players who can do a lot of damage on the counter attack. They are a team with quick transitions, similar to our style of play. In midfield what can I tell you with the quality of Luka Modric and the moment he is going through . Real remain Real and it will be a complicated game “, warns Adrian.
In the 2018 final, injured Mohamed Salah was forced to give up his place during the match. If he should be titular Tuesday night, the Egyptian does not seem marked by this painful episode. In any case, this is what his teammate Adrian believes. “We haven’t had time to talk about this clash and this bad dispute. It’s not the best memory we can have from Liverpool, but a lot has happened since (…) I don’t think it will affect Salah “.