Rio Ferdinand thinks that for Liverpool, the “match is over” in their Champions League match with Real Madrid.
The Reds beat Los Blancos 3-1 in the first game of the quarterfinals on Tuesday night ahead of a rematch at Anfield next week.
The winner of that game will face whoever advances in Chelsea’s draw against Porto – and the Blues hold a big advantage in the return leg.
Thomas Tuchel’s men scored two unanswered away goals in a clash tonight – thanks to Mason Mount and Ben Chilwell, one foot already in the semi-final against Liverpool or Real Madrid.
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Speaking about BT Sport’s coverage of the Blues’ victory in Seville, Ferdinand has already ruled out Liverpool’s chances of making a glorious return to Anfield.
BT Sport host Gary Lineker said: “Let’s look at the poll from last night’s games and who people think they will go through.
“As you’d expect, Real Madrid is in great shape: 74%, that’s three out of four, and almost two-thirds goes to Man City.”
Responding to his colleague, Ferdinand said: “I completely corrected that, I agree, completely. The match for Liverpool is over. ”
If Ferdinand is right and Chelsea really finish the job next week, it will mean that the Blues will take over the 13-time Champions League winner Real Madrid in the last four competitions.
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Zinedine Zidane’s team on Tuesday looked very impressive as they completely outplayed the Reds at the Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano.
Vinicius Jr. scored twice for Madrid with Marco Asensi’s net, as well as against Liverpool, which was bad during the night.
The experienced trio in the middle of the field Casemiro, Luka Modrić and Toni Kroos created all kinds of problems for Jurgen Klopp’s team in the first game and their knowledge will be crucial in the return match to say goodbye to the six-time champion.