The Liverpool manager will enter Villarreal knowing he has suffered three defeats in his last four trips to Spain, but he has an advantage: the 2-0 victory in England gives him the first chance to enter in the highest instance of the championship. continental competition.
A new day of Champions League He will start playing on Tuesday. From 3:00 p.m., we will know to the first runner-up of the most important club tournament in Europe.
And although some adventurers announce that the key is set, due to the 2-0 that the liverpool on the Villarreal in England, the figures of the British team in Spain are not good: three defeats during their last four trips to Iberian lands, This is the bad harvest of the team led by Jürgen Klopp.
The first of these was when Barcelona beat them 3-0 in the semi-finals of the 2018-2019 edition. Then, Atlético de Madrid beat them by the minimum in the round of 16 2019-2020 then Real Madrid won 3-1, in the quarter-finals 2020-2021. Your only party? It was in the group stage of the current competition, where the Reds beat Atlético 2-3 and not without suffering (the imbalance was the product of a penalty).
“If we start off on the wrong foot, everything can be complicated tomorrow. We always congratulate ourselves and tell ourselves not to think about the past. But you have to be prepared to suffer. You have to be attentive to each round, each game. Let the fans be motivated. You have to press and know how to suffer, but react when the time comes, ”warns Klopp, the Liverpool coach, in the preview of the match.
A commitment that can lead you to your third semi-final in four years, since he was already at the top of the old world in 2018, when he fell to meringues (1-3) and in 2019, when he reached glory against Tottenham ( 2-0). A In addition, he could also match his numbers in the forays into Spain, because if he wins he will balance the record that today shows 22 trials with eight wins, nine losses and five draws for the institution that never walks alone .
Despite the high level those at Anfield showed against the Yellow Submarine, Unai Emery, coach of Villarreal, has to his credit an infallible merit so far: he has never lost a direct touch in the games on this side of the world. “We are very excited. We are going to play a semi-final of the Champions League. We played 90 minutes against the favourites… in their stadium and they largely beat us. But we defended well and we are motivated to play our game,” said the Hispanic. And then he concluded: “We played against the best team in the world. They play with a sense of superiority over the rival. Of the illusion of being here in the semi-finals, of living this moment, with our friends and our fans. To pass would be excellence. I don’t know if we can achieve excellence.”
The other semi-final will be played on Wednesday at 3:00 p.m. Real Madrid will try to return home after Manchester City lost 3-4 in the first leg.
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