Real Madrid may be two-time defending European champions… but they can be got at.
And Liverpool’s fearsome front line are well set to expose their frailties.
Next weekend’s Champions League final is mouthwatering for many reasons but the fact both sides seemingly cannot defend might be the crucial factor.
The Reds conceded six goals across two legs against Roma and still made it through whilst Real were undone a number of times by Juventus and Bayern Munich.
And Real’s shakiness was evident again against Villarreal on Saturday.
In their final La Liga clash of the season, Los Blancos threw away a 2-0 lead and had to settle for a point.
Villarreal’s second goal will particularly give Liverpool hope too after Real’s defence, and Marcelo in particular, tried to play a ridiculously high offside line.
Marcelo was too deep though, playing Samu Castillejo onside while the rest of the Real backline idly watched on in disbelief.
Castillejo then kept his composure to round Enzo Zidane and equalise for Villarreal with just five minutes remaining.
Just look at the difference in positioning between Marcelo and Sergio Ramos.
We saw how destructively Liverpool overwhelmed Roma’s high defensive line in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final.
So for Real to repeat those tactics – as witnessed yesterday – would surely be suicidal.
Mo Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane will be licking their lips, whilst the former’s battle with Marcelo might well be the crucial subplot to the final.
Dream Team World Cup has landed
The greatest show on Earth just got that bit more exciting.
That’s because the Dream Team World Cup game is coming ahead of this summer’s tournament.
Dream Team World Cup
- Completely free to enter
- £50m budget and 20 transfers throughout the tournament
- £175k total prizepot (for UK players only)
- PRE-REGISTER FOR DREAM TEAM WORLD CUP NOW
The game officially launches on June 1 – but you can pre-register for the game now.
If you’re an existing Dream Team customer the World Cup game now appears in the app or you can enter here, but if you’re not follow these simple steps:
- Download the Dream Team app
- Create an account
- Click on the World Cup banner below in the app and follow the pre-registration instructions
From Russia with a whole lot of love.