Liverpool vs Atletico Madrid was always going to be a tough match for both sides, as two well-drilled teams go head-to-head for a spot in the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League.
The first leg was played at the Wanda Metropolitano in Madrid, with the home team coming out tops after taking an early lead through Saul Niguez in the 4th minute. Atletico sat deep from there on out, keeping Liverpool out for the rest of the match bar one moment when Salah had the ball at the back of the net only for the goal to be correctly ruled offside.
The players well deserve some accolades for keeping the likes of Salah, Mane and Firmino at bay for 90 minutes, but they got a helping hand. The atmosphere at the Metropolitano was amazing as the home fans played their part in the game, cheering, whistling and booing to keep the Spanish team bumped up and roaring to victory.
Now it will foolhardy for Diego Simeone and his boys to feel its all done and dusted. Nope! It hasn’t even started!! Just ask Messi.
Liverpool were in a far worse situation last season when they were defeated by Barcelona 3 – 0 at the Camp Nou in the quarter-finals stage, only to romp to a 4 – 0 victory in the second leg to stun the European heavyweights.
Liverpool and Atletico are similar in some aspects; dramatic managers, well-drilled playing styles and very vocal home support. The last characteristic is the reason why both teams are rarely defeated at home.
In three weeks time, Atletico will make the trip to England for the second leg at Anfield. There Simeone and his boys will witness first hand the difficulty in taking all 3 points at Anfield, where they will discover that a 1 nil home advantage isn’t good enough,- Barcelona were 3 nil up going into the second leg and see what happened to them.
Liverpool left-back Andrew Robertson said after yesterday’s match, ” they celebrated as if they have won the tie”, while his manager Jurgen Klopp added, “…see you at Anfield”. In three weeks time, Simeone and Atletico Madrid will fully understand what both men meant by those words.Follow us on social media