Having drawn their opening two fixtures in group E, Jurgen Klopp’s Reds blew away their Slovenian hosts.Roberto Firmino, Philippe Coutinho and Mohamed Salah all netted inside 19 minutes, with Salah and Firmino claiming their second goals either side of the interval before substitute Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain opened his Liverpool account and Trent Alexander-Arnold bagged a seventh late on.
When Real Madrid host Tottenham Hotspur on Tuesday night, all eyes will be on Cristiano Ronaldo and Harry Kane – here is how both teams will line up. Both men put in the required shift as Spurs recovered from a slow start to cause Real Madrid some concern in and around their own penalty area. Hakimi was heavily involved down the right hand side and some good play from the youngster led to another good chance for Ronaldo who fired a shot inches wide.
Kane didn’t score in Tottenham’s 1-0 win against Bournemouth on Saturday, but he had found the net nine times in his last five matches in all competitions.
Spurs tried their best to peg Madrid back with the high press from the off, but Los Blancos nonetheless dominated possession. “It’s very hard to be up there, it would be a dream”. After being denied a potential victor by another great save from Madrid keeper Keylor Navas with 20 minutes left, Kane did not allow his head to drop and led the line with renewed determination. “I understand better how to read the game”.
Instead it was Lloris, and the misfiring Benzema, that combined to strengthen Spurs’ position in the group.
Madrid’s Luka Modric spent four years with Tottenham before joining the Spanish powerhouse in 2012, while Gareth Bale thrived with the English club for six years before his move to Madrid in 2013. It’s just confidence in our own game.
Tottenham coach Mauricio Pochettino feels there’s more at stake than just the group lead.
Hugo Lloris produced a remarkable stop to thwart Karim Benzema from point-blank range and another acrobatic save to deny Ronaldo, while Keylor Navas foiled Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen as both teams remained unbeaten in Group H.
“That’s the big question”, Hoddle said on Kane’s long-term future.
The No 7 then sped his way towards Madrid’s box, trying to force the issue, but his daisy-cutter was pushed away by Lloris.
Madrid made a late switch to 4-3-3 as Isco made way for Lucas Vazquez, but the change proved futile as Tottenham picked up a memorable point on their travels.
For the visitors however this was a hugely impressive point, especially given the disciplined manner in which they withstood so much of Real Madrid’s attacking pressure. However there is little doubt that the Champions League masters will progress from this group and they can beat any team in knockout football so the result won’t trouble Zinedine Zidane too much.