Liverpool 0-3 Real Madrid: Post-Match Observations

Real Madrid visited Anfield as they looked to get their third straight win in the UEFA Champions League. Everything went to plan as Carlo Ancelotti was able to field a strong team on the night and he showed that he was not prepared to take any unnecessary risks.

Starting Lineup:

With some injuries and an upcoming Clasico to worry about, Carlo Ancelotti named a very strong starting eleven and it all paid off in the end. The starting lineup consisted of:

Iker Casillas [C], Alvaro Arbeloa, Pepe, Raphael Varane, Marcelo, Toni Kroos, Luka Modric, James Rodriguez, Isco, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Karim Benzema

Scorers:

Liverpool –
——

Real Madrid –
Cristiano Ronaldo (23′)
Karim Benzema (30′)
Karim Benzema (41)

The Demons Have Vanished:

Real Madrid have failed to beat Liverpool in any of their past three meetings against each other during their history. Last time they met, in Anfield, Los Merengues weren’t able to score and came out with a very shocking 4-0 loss. Of course, Real Madrid have improved massively and have shown it to everyone on the night as they came out with a very comfortable 3-0 win with all goals coming in the first half. During the second 45 minutes, Liverpool improved but Real Madrid were able to keep the game in control and, towards the end, Carlo Ancelotti was able to rest a few key players in order to have them prepared for the Clasico on Saturday. Cristiano Ronaldo, Toni Kroos, and Marcelo were all substituted during the game.

Karim Benzema:

There is no doubting the fact that Karim Benzema has drastically improved this season. Against Liverpool, he was able to start and came out with two goals to help Real Madrid. Putting the two goals aside, the French attacker was also able to hold the ball and distribute extremely well while his positioning was a joy for everyone to watch. It seems as though he is in top form at the perfect time with Barcelona visiting the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday night.

James Rodriguez:

James Rodriguez has kept a very consistent form so far in the recent games but the game against Liverpool simply wasn’t a good one for him. He played the full 90 minutes and also got a cut above his eye early in the first half but many of his runs and passes weren’t working out. He tried hard (like he always does) but things just didn’t add up. Of course, there is no need to focus too much on his performance in Anfield as I’m sure that this is just a bad game and he will bounce back from it very soon. The only thing that I may be slightly worried about is that the Clasico may be too big for him but we simply won’t know until the night itself.

Alvaro Arbeloa:

Alvaro Arbeloa was given the opportunity to start the match against his old side in Anfield and did shockingly well. The Spanish defender was always more than prepared for the challenges and never backed down. He was also able to go up whenever needed and help the attack while he made the correct runs and some very smart passes. He will surely be looking at the game against Liverpool as one of his best this season and hopefully it will be able to help him come out with some great performances as the season goes on.

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Cristiano Ronaldo:

Unsurprisingly, Cristiano Ronaldo was able to get his name on the scoresheet once again last night as he moves even closer to Raul’s UEFA Champions League record. Now, he will surely continue his great form and will be looking to the Barcelona game with high hopes. He is currently tied on 71 goals with Raul Gonzalez while Lionel Messi is on 69. It is believed that the Portuguese has scored 70 goals but, if we include his one qualifier game, it makes it 71. Either way, both of these great players will certainly beat the record but, who will be setting the new one? We will have to wait and see!

Current Ranking:

After Real Madrid’s win against Liverpool, they have been able to move clear with a six point margin from the rest of the teams. Here is how Group B looks like at the moment after all teams have played their three games:

1. Real Madrid – 9 Points
2. Ludogorets – 3 Points
3. Liverpool – 3 Points
4. FC Basel – 3 Points

My Personal Player Ratings:

Iker Casillas – 8.5/10
Alvaro Arbeloa – 9/10
Pepe – 9/10
Raphael Varane – 9/10
Marcelo – 8.5/10
Toni Kroos – 8/10
Luka Modric – 8.5/10
James Rodriguez – 7/10
Isco – 8.5/10
Cristiano Ronaldo – 8.5/10
Karim Benzema – 9/10


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