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PremierLeague-News.Com - Liverpool will take on Real Madrid in the quarter-finals of the Champions League but if Reds fans think the draw has been favourable, think again
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Liverpool might have felt they got a relatively favourable draw when they were paired with Real Madrid for the Champions League quarter-finals, but the view from Spain is mutual. The narrative around Real Madrid this season is that the Spanish giants have struggled. That is true to an extent - they are unlikely to win the league title, were embarrassingly knocked out of the Spanish Cup by third-tier Alcoyano, and struggled, especially in the first leg, against Atalanta in the Champions League last-16. But Real Madrid's form of late - only losing once in their 10 matches before the international break - has picked up significantly, with the feeling that they could make something special from a largely forgettable campaign in Europe. "Things looked a little bit grim earlier in the season when Atletico Madrid were 10 points clear with a game in hand," said Real Madrid TV presenter and Spanish football expert Phil Kitromilides on the Behind Enemy Lines podcast. Sign up for daily Liverpool news Get all the latest Liverpool breaking news, team news, transfer rumours, injury updates plus analysis of what's next for the Reds. You'll also get the latest transfer talk and analysis every day for FREE! Sign up here - it only takes a few seconds! "They could have gone 13 clear at the time, but Real Madrid and Barcelona have clawed back some points. "If you look at the La Liga table and where Real Madrid are compared to where you would expect them to be, you don’t expect to see them six points behind the leaders. "But generally speaking, it has not been terrible and throughout Europe, we have seen a lot of high-profile teams drop points and not perform how we might have expected them to. "Real Madrid have lost at home to Cadiz, Levante, Alaves - sides that are battling relegation in the bottom half - and that, in previous seasons, had not happened. Listen to the full Behind Enemy Lines podcast by clicking HERE "But we know this is a strange season.
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. "There are a lot of reasons why Real Madrid might be third, six points off top spot, but broadly speaking, if you think it is a terrible season, it is not as bad as you might think it is." With their relatively good form, they too will have one eye on being on the 'right' side of the draw, with the winner facing either Porto or Chelsea rather than PSG, Manchester City, Bayern Munich or Borussia Dortmund. "When the balls were left and there were only a few left, with Bayern Munich and Man City in there, it is a really good draw for Real Madrid," Kitromilides added.
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"It is the same for Liverpool: both sides will feel that they can win it, but also it is a tie with prestige. "Liverpool are really highly thought of in Spain and there is mysticism. Generally, speaking to Spanish people, they talk about Liverpool and Anfield with reverential tones - because of the history. "Anfield is seen as the typical English football ground and they love English grounds being packed and with away fans. Here, it is a very different experience. "Anfield is seen as the core of the English experience and Liverpool are the most respected club in Spain by some distance. "It is a winnable tie, but also a great clash against a club they really respect."
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