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Soccer-Renewed Real complete transformation by blowing Liverpool away

Wed 7th April, 2021 12:49pm
MADRID, April 7 (Reuters) - Real Madrid produced their best
display of the season in crushing Liverpool 3-1 on Tuesday to
move within view of the Champions League semi-finals, staging a
remarkable turnaround of the type they have become accustomed to
under Zinedine Zidane.
    They were missing key players in Eden Hazard, Raphael Varane
and Sergio Ramos for the quarter-final first leg but dominated
the midfield thanks to their long-running trio of Casemiro, Luka
Modric and Toni Kroos, the foundation of their three consecutive
Champions League triumphs.
    Zidane also got his tactics spot on, exploiting Liverpool's
high defensive line with long balls from deep, leading to Kroos
finding Vinicius Jr. for the first goal and Marco Asensio for
the second, with the help of a botched Trent Alexander-Arnold
clearance. 
    Watching Real beat the Premier League champions so
comfortably, it was easy to forget what a chaotic season it has
been.
    Hampered by the biggest injury crisis in La Liga, they fell
10 points behind leaders Atletico Madrid in January and were in
serious danger of exiting the Champions League group stage in
November.
    "What the players are doing is tremendous after all the
difficulties we have had. We've turned the season around," said
Zidane.
    "The best thing is the team's character. It hasn't been easy
for them but this team has no limits. They always want more,
they're highly experienced and just want to keep on winning."
    They now have genuine belief of winning the two biggest
trophies, having cut the gap behind Atletico to three points and
gearing up for Saturday's fixture against Barcelona in ferocious
form.
    They also take a huge advantage with them to Anfield, where
Juergen Klopp conceded his side have a far smaller chance of
repeating their 2019 turnaround over Barcelona due to the
absence of fans.
    Real's transformation is all the harder to believe
considering it was only two months ago when a frustrated Zidane
let rip at the media, urging the media to "Just show us a little
bit of respect for what we’ve achieved."  urn:newsml:reuters.com:*:nL1N2KB23R
    He certainly got that after outclassing Liverpool.
    'Zidane gave Klopp a lesson,' said newspaper Marca.
    'There can be no argument, a thrilling Madrid rattled a
dishevelled Liverpool', added El Pais.

 (Reporting by Richard Martin
Editing by Christian Radnedge)
 ((r.pmartin87@gmail.com;))
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