Champions Journalist fan reporter Valeria Paz has a three-point plan for her team’s second leg against Liverpool next week…
On Tuesday night fate put us on the pitch with Jürgen Klopp’s Liverpool, who are not in the best form – but we do not underestimate them, particularly as Real Madrid are not covering themselves in glory either. Injuries and Covid-19 continue to affect us and for this game it was our central defenders who suffered: Raphael Varane and captain Sergio Ramos. I was expecting the Reds to relish playing against an incomplete and weakened line-up, but my team is full of surprises.
As a Madridista, the Champions League is the priority for the club I support. So based on that, and after watching this outstanding game, I wish for but three things from the second leg:
This season, at a young age, Vinícius Júnior has stood up to be counted and shown his ability to wear Real’s powerful badge. Zinédine Zidane’s gift was to recognise a skilled player on the end of unfair criticism – and in recent games we have watched him become a star. I hope it continues this way.
I will never forget the perfection and sharpness of Gareth Bale’s overhead kick in the 2018 Kyiv final against Liverpool. Watching Real Madrid deliver those kinds of moments on the field is what makes football go beyond being just a sport. It gives you joy and pride.
It is the first leg; nothing has been decided yet. Real must still go and play as visitors so they cannot afford to slow down, much less lose motivation. We are only halfway there.