On Tuesday, the Champions League matches ended as Liverpool is one step away from going through to the semi-finals. They defeated Benfica 3-1 at Lisbon, giving the Reds a comfortable lead. At the same time, Manchester City managed to hold on to a 1-0 advantage against Atletico Madrid. There are some things that were learned during those matches.
Liverpool is the Clear Favourite
Liverpool in the Champions League this season has been phenomenal. They have been a dominating side both Home & away, and it looks like they are the clear favourites to win.
Liverpool controlled the first half and was on the front foot by halftime. Liverpool scored two goals in the first half by Ibrahima Konate and then Sadio Mane. Towards the end of the match, in the 87th minute, Liverpool January sensation Luis Diaz scored the third goal for the reds.
They went to Portugal and got a 3-1 win, giving them a comfortable lead heading to the second leg in Anfield next week. Even though Benfica got a goal in their name, it doesn’t seem that they can come back. Liverpool is just a strong unit & the fans in Anfield can be noisy for the away team.
Don’t Rule Out Atletico Just Yet
At the Etihad, Manchester City defeated Atletico Madrid 1-0, scored by Kevin De Bruyne. It wasn’t exciting as people expected as Madrid decided to defend throughout the match.
Manchester City were the ones who looked like they were going to score—knocking on Atletico’s door until the 70th minute when the deadlock was broken.
However, next week in Madrid will be different as Atletico will swing. Simeone’s plan backfired, but he will pull a trick or two for his team to beat Manchester City in the second leg. The question is will City fall into Simone’s trap?
Darwin Nunez is an Exceptional Talent
Benfica striker Darwin Nunez is having an outstanding season. In all competitions, he scored 28 goals in 35 appearances, which is incredible.
Against Liverpool, his play was not his best, but he was the better player for Benfica. He does have a few improvements to work on, but in the meantime, he has a high potential to be an elite number 9.
He scored the only goal for Benfica when Liverpool defender Konate’s error gave Nunez an easy opportunity to score.
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