The real Madrid took a good option on qualifying for the semi-finals of the Champions League, by winning at home against Liverpool (3-1). Zinédine Zidane’s players put in a convincing performance against the timid England, but Mohamed Salah’s away goal could weigh heavily in the balance. However, the French coach was able to congratulate himself on the performance of his striker Vinicius, author of a double, and the collective behavior of his players.
Vinicius gives Real Madrid the advantage
With two goals on the clock, the Brazilian Vinicius made the powder speak against Liverpool. “I’m looking forward to Vinicius. He is doing a fantastic job, especially defensively,” said the coach of the real Madrid. We know the player it’s when he has space, for example on his first goal. He was missing a goal, so today (Tuesday) his two goals will give him a lot of confidence, to him and to the whole team. He deserves it. I don’t know if it was his best game, but scoring two goals in a Champions League quarter-final … “A trigger at the highest level for Vinicius? Zinédine Zidane wants to believe it.
Liverpool will have their work cut out for them on the return trip
This victory also rewards the work of a Madrid group whose plans had to be changed, because of Raphaël Varane’s positive Covid test, a few hours before the clash between the two greats of Europe. “We didn’t change the defensive pattern, we just replaced Rafa (Varane) with Mili (Eder Militao). It’s not easy for him, but we were prepared for this kind of eventuality and we have it. ‘has proved again this evening (Tuesday). After, we have not won anything yet. We are happy with what we have done, but we will continue to fight. I believe that this team has no limit, these are players who have already won a lot but they always want more, it shows the character these players have. ” For Zinédine Zidane, in the hot seat this winter, the goal is clear: to win a new Champions League with Real Madrid, now well started after a very tight group stage.