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Villarreal overcome, Real Madrid dreams in the Champions League

It is also not definitive, neither one result nor the other. In other words, the setback of the "yellow submarine" last night 0-2 agains


It is also not definitive, neither one result nor the other. In other words, the setback of the “yellow submarine” last night 0-2 against the English team leaves a glimmer of hope for the second leg at the La Cerámica stadium in the small Valencian city of just over 51,000 inhabitants.

A feat of Unai Emery’s club after having eliminated Juventus from Turin, and, especially, the powerful Bayern Munich. Being in the semifinals of the European Football League is already a success.

Although players like Pau Torres said they can still put up a fight, the team led by German Jurgen Klopp is projected as one of the big favorites to win the Orejona this year.

Liverpool has a squad in excellent shape, led by Salah from Egypt, Mané from Senegal, Fabinho and Firmino from Brazil, Thiago Alcántara from Spain and Alexander-Arnold from England, among others.

He is currently disputing the leadership precisely against another Champions League semi-finalist, Manchester City, who faces Leeds on Saturday, while Liverpool will meet Newcastle.

Villarreal’s willfulness, determination and dedication seems insufficient to defeat the English squad in the second leg next Tuesday, even as locals.

Spain is clinging perhaps more judiciously to another likely epic comeback for Real Madrid, at home and trailing 3-4 against the Manchester “citizens” squad at the Santiago Bernabéu.

It has already happened twice before, against Paris Saint Germain and Chelsea, the dethroned monarch of the tournament. But Pep Guardiola’s men showed great offensive capacity and solidity in midfield, although with shortcomings in the back line, not as many as the meringues.

The “enlightened” French striker Karim Benzema is the inspiration of the “white house”, as the undisputed leader of the club led by Carlo Ancelotti, and as the leading scorer in the Champions League with 14 goals.

He has an extraordinary streak, two hat-tricks and a brace against the three notable teams from France and England.

You can make a difference again, although the situation is variable. Manchester City, and in particular their manager, will try to hold on to that one-goal advantage and at least avoid extra time.

The boiling cauldron of the Bernabéu could be a factor, but Madrid will have to improve a lot in defense to neutralize the English celestial machine and, obviously, score.

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