The statistics are not from Madrid

first_imgEI Real Madrid have a 7 percent chance to get into the quarterfinals of the Champions League. This little rosy data from Mr. Chip in relation to the teams that have lost in the first leg by 1-2 joins another battery of statistics that will force Madrid to go to Manchester to the second leg equipped for the most difficult impossible. The whites have only traced a qualifying round of the European Cup in which they started losing at the Bernabéu. It was in 1970, before the Tyrol. Since then, against much more pedigree rivals, the thing was much worse: he failed to pass home against PSG (1994), Bayern (2001), Arsenal (2006), Liverpool (2009) and Barça (2011) … from Guardiola.“If someone can get that feat, that is Real Madrid,” said Jorge Valdano in Movistar + Champions League. He continued with a possible recipe: “Score a goal and have the chain of consequences take you to the rest”. It seems that thought came telepathically to Pep. “If someone can turn it around, it’s Madrid,” said Sampedor minutes later. The magic of glorious European nights and the infallibility So far (nine qualifiers won from nine) by Zidane on one side of the scale, on the other side of it the horrendous inertia of Madrid in the Champions League since the Thirteenth rose. He has only won one (Galatasaray) of his last six games at the Bernabéu (the others were CSKA, Ajax, Bruges, PSG and City) and this season his worst game was precisely against the other great rival he has crossed, 3-0 in the Park of the Princes.Etihad is not impossible to overcomeIn the recent Champions League, Etihad was not an impregnable stadium either. In 2017-18, both Basel (1-2) in the round of 16 and Liverpool (1-2) in the quarterfinals won on Manchester’s blue side with results that Madrid would now be worth, at least, to bring the game to extra time.History, statistics and odds are against Madrid. “You have to go through the storm and we did it,” De Bruyne said last night proudly. Now, to which comes a Perfect storm, a Classic that arrives after losing the lead plus the return in Manchester, is to Madrid. And Guardiola himself doesn’t trust …last_img read more

Liverpool legend admits he killed a man and football ‘saved his life’

first_img 2 Bruce Grobbelaar revealed he killed a man and playing football for Liverpool ‘saved his life’ from slipping into depression.The 60-year-old served in the army during the Rhodesian Bush War after being conscripted for an 11-month period. How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos 2 Most Popular Football Stories Life could have been very different for Grobbelaar, had football not saved him England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Rhodesia became Zimbabwe in 1980, the country Grobbelaar would represent a total 32 times, and emerged after a brutal war caused by an uprising against white rule.Working as an enemy tracker, the 60-year-old told the BBC how he saw friends die and took another man’s life himself.“You’re not the same person once you have done it,” Grobbelaar said.“You have to live with the consequences for the rest of your life. “The memories have subsided somewhat, but there are times when you are with your mates back in Africa and they particularly like to speak about it. I don’t.“After that, for about a two or three-week period, I do get cold sweats and wake up with those feelings again.”Upon the ending of his conscription period, Grobbelaar went to Canada to play for Vancouver Whitecaps in the hope of leaving his past behind.It was a loan move to Crewe Alexandra which brought about the move to the Reds, scout Tom Saunders spotted the charismatic keeper and convinced the club to sign him in 1981.The star spent 13 successful years at Liverpool, winning six league titles, three FA Cups, three League Cups and the European Cup in 1984. Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions scrap gameday cracker silverware revealed predicted The charismatic keeper won a host of trophies during his 13 years at Anfield The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT SORRY BEST OF latest However, had it not been for football, Grobbelaar admitted his life could have turned out very differently.“Over the years, I am very lucky that I didn’t submerge into a form of depression, because football saved my life really,” he says.“Once I came out of the military, I had football to fall upon which took my mind off those incidents.”last_img read more