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Real Madrid’s suicidal defending against Villarreal will play right into Liverpool’s hands

Los Blancos warmed up for the Champions League final with a 2-2 draw with Villarreal in La Liga

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.

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Good luck stopping them

Good luck stopping them

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.

90 goals between them

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90 goals between them

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.

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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.

Not exactly synergy

Not exactly synergy

Marcelo can’t afford any more slips in concentration

Marcelo can’t afford any more slips in concentration

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.

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