Liverpool‘s ambition to protect the Champions League throne is facing no small challenge as they have just lost 0-1 to Atletico Madrid in the first round of the 1/8 round in Spain. However, the ability to reverse the situation of “The Kop” is not small in the second leg in upcoming England.
Liverpool dreamed of miraculously backward
On the morning of February 19, Liverpool rejoined the Wanda Metropolitano – the field they won Tottenham 2-0 in the Champions League final last season to crown the championship when facing host Atletico Madrid in the first leg. round 1/8 tournament this year.
Atletico has a home advantage. But with the lack of many pillars due to injury and unstable performance, Diego Simeone’s teachers and students are clearly rated as “lower door” compared to the Liverpool team.
However, a huge surprise occurred when Atletico Madrid opened the scoring in the 4th minute when Fabinho in an effort to prevent the penalty area of the home team accidentally brought the ball to the right position of Saul Niguez and midfielder. The Spaniard quickly shot the ball past goalkeeper Alisson Becker.
Mohamed Salah then hit Atletico in the 25th minute, but unfortunately, the Egyptian striker’s goal was not recognized due to the offside of former teammate Roberto Firmino.
Losing 0-1 at the Wanda Metropolitano, Liverpool will have to beat Atletico Madrid 2 goals difference or 1-0 in the main half and then settle opponents in extra time or a penalty shootout at Anfield in the second leg on March 12 to continue.
In theory, it is quite a difficult task for the army of coach Jurgen Klopp. However, the door to the Champions League quarter-finals of the defending champion is still welcoming them. Remember, Liverpool is a specialist who comes from behind the European club’s most prestigious arena.
In the Champions League final on May 25, 2005 in Istanbul (Turkey), “The Kop” by former coach Rafael Benitez was AC Milan leading 3 goals in the first half but still excellent equalizing 3 in the first half. 2 before winning 3-2 in the penalty shootout.
And yet, last season, Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool lost to Barcelona 0-3 in the first leg semi-final at the Nou Camp. But then, returning to Anfield, “The Kop” shocked the whole world with a 4-goal victory to remove the brave finalists before defeating Tottenham to win the European championship for the 6th time in the history.
This time, returning to the “pan of fire” Anfield welcomed Atletico Madrid in the morning of March 12, Liverpool is confident of throwing Atletico Madrid to advance to the next round.
Atletico Madrid is an expert who lost the advantage
Undeniably, Atletico Madrid has grown a lot since being coached by Diego Simeone. From 2011 to the present, “El Cholo” has helped the Spanish red-shirt striped team to win 7 major and minor titles and 2 Champions League finals.
But indeed, luck, as well as bravery at the crucial moments in the Champions League, is something somewhat luxurious with Atletico coach Simeone. Twice to the final of this tournament in 2014 and 2016, they both lost pain “rival rivals” Real Madrid in extra time and shootout.
Before that, Atletico Madrid also lost 1 European Cup trophy (the predecessor of the current Champions League). It was in 1974, when they opened the scoring against Bayern Munich in the 114th minute thanks to Luis Aragones, but allowed the German opponent to equalize 1-1 in the 120th minute – the last minute of extra time for Hans. -Georg Schwarzenbeck conceded.
In the next match, at Heysels (Brussels, Belgium), Atletico Madrid lost the “Gray Lobster” Bayern 0-4 and pityly accepted as the European runner-up.
Last year, Simeone’s Atletico Madrid won 2-0 at home to Wanda Metropolitano against Juventus in the first round of 1/8 Champions League. But in the second leg, they were helplessly watching Cristiano Ronaldo set up a hat-trick to help “Old Lady of Turin” win 3-0 in the second leg to advance to the quarterfinals with a total score of 3-2.
Will this year, having only won Liverpool 1-0 at home, will Atletico lose that fragile advantage when being a guest at the Anfield danger on March 12?
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