European Champs Ready To Flex

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Cristiano Ronaldo is in fine form for Real. Image courtesy of heraldsun.com.au

 

Liverpool travel to the Bernabeau in Wednesday’s UCL tie for just the second time in history to face Real Madrid .

The Spaniards Madrid maintained their spot on top of La Liga on the weekend, crushing Granada 4-0 in a dominant display. All of Carlo Ancelotti’s stars featured on the scoresheet, with goals from Benzema, Ronaldo and a brace from Rodriguez sealing the win. It was the same attacking trio that did the damage at Anfield barely a fortnight ago, and their frontline looks set to strengthen with the return of Welsh winger Gareth Bale. The 25-year-old has missed Real’s past five matches through injury, however he’s been training with the squad this week and should line up in front of his adoring fans.

After enjoying a remarkable 2013-14 season and spending big in the off-season, so much was expected from the Reds this campaign, and so far they’ve failed to deliver. Brendan Rogers watched his side fall to a 1-0 loss to Newcastle in the EPL on the weekend, and the misery looks set to continue as his side face league leaders Chelsea three days after Wednesday morning’s match. Injured striker Daniel Sturridge is still another week or two away from playing, and with Mario Balotelli misfiring in front of goal, the Anfield faithful are becoming increasingly frustrated.

Real Madrid are the extremely short favourites ahead of the clash, and it’s not only the bookies that are riding Liverpool off. Last year’s champions were the 3-0 victors barely a fortnight ago, and some punters aren’t giving the Reds a chance, with a couple of big bets, including one of $1000, coming in for the Spanish giants.

 

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