Reds Dream Of A Miracle At The Bernabeu
Liverpool prepare to face Real Madrid at the Bernabeu on Tuesday evening as Brendan Rodgers' side aim to keep their hopes of progressing to the next stage of the Champions League alive. Daniel Sturridge has travelled with the team but surely it's too early for him to feature? He will apparently be subject to a late fitness test.
Tomorrow is my birthday which only makes my excitement for this massive Champions League tie even greater. Being an optimistic fan though has its downsides like fooling yourself into thinking your team can pick up some points against Real Madrid only to have your dreams crushed...
However, I can dream of miracles and I bloody will dream of them. It's the Champions League and anything can happen.
Liverpool's last meeting with Real two weeks ago ended rather badly. Madrid had the Reds well inside their pockets and a flicker of attacks from Liverpool was only eventually allowed as the away side decided to take their foot off the gas.
On Tuesday night Liverpool are coming off the back of another poor performance having lost to Newcastle at the weekend. Barely creating any chances and struggling in defense, it is extremely difficult to pick out positives from our side at the moment.
It's hard to argue that the likes of Sterling and Coutinho will not have some sort of effect on this game but will it be enough? And more importantly, if we don't play to Mario Balotelli's strengths by fielding the right formation we may as well give up from the whistle in my opinion. If Mario starts tomorrow night and he's fielded alone I will be mega pissed off.
Real of course have no troubles at all in front of goal. With Ronaldo on fire and Gareth Bale returning to training it could be another embarrassing night for Simon Mignolet who had to watch three goals go past him the last time out.
- Liverpool have only lost once to Real Madrid (see... positives! haha)
- Real Madrid have won their last five CL games.
- Liverpool have scored four less goals as a team over 10 games than Ronaldo has scored himself in nine games (17)
I asked you for your score predictions on Twitter and here are a few of the tweets I received:
@_TheLiverBird *optimistic tweet* .... 1 - 0 to Liverpool .... pic.twitter.com/qphkCweNip
— Lisa Southgate (@lfclee2011) November 2, 2014
@LFCKirstyLFC RM 1-1 LFC
— Lohithesha S V (@Lohit_SV) November 3, 2014
@LFCKirstyLFC 2-0 Real
— Mike Stevens (@MStevo1983) November 2, 2014
Pray for that miracle!
Enjoy the match folks, wherever you are watching!