The spirit of the matagigantes – AS.com

first_imgIt was late yesterday in Madrid when Liverpool returned where last season was proclaimed champion of the Champions. The Metropolitan A stadium that tonight will try to snatch the You’ll never walk alone to swell with courage the legs of its players, this Atleti that this February is at the same point as the previous one: forced to play the eighth of the Champions League against the European coconut. A year ago it was called Juve de Cristiano. This one sounds even worse, a lot. Liverpool of Klopp. And from Alisson, Van Dijk, Fabinho, Firmino, Salah, Mané. The current champion. If names scare you even more, their numbers do. Like open jaws over the rest of Europe (follow the match live on As.com).Because this Liverpool of Klopp is even better than the one that last June stepped on the Metropolitan to beat the Tottenham. Undisputed leader of the Premier, with 76 points, 25 more than the second, the City. He has only given a draw in 26 games, 26 games with 25 wins, the last 17 in a row. With 61 goals scored (2.44 per game) and only 15 conceded (0.6). Because if that happens in your league, the rest is the same: only two defeats in the season, against Naples in the Champions League and against Aston Villa in EFL Cup (who played with team C). 42 games played, 36 wins and four draws. And more emphatic than numbers are sensations. Because that is the greatest strength of this Liverpool. Klopp has built an almost indestructible team, of solid foundations based on solidarity, group and intensity. On each ball, each play. And without casualties. Even Mané, injured on January 23 against Wolverhampton, is recovered to play against an Atleti who has been obsessed with this game for three months. The season goes through these eighths. And nothing makes him more favorite than not. He fed that spirit that he so often showed in the Champions League. Juve last year, Bayern in 2016, Chelsea in 2014, twice at Barça de Neymar, Messi and Suarez. In seven qualifiers he was, a priori, vulnerable and four took them. Giant slayer. The fans have spent days mobilizing to Spanishize the You’ll never walk alone Y dressing the Metropolitan of what old Calderón was tonight. Cholo’s plansIf Klopp’s eleven seems clear, Gomez-Van Dijk behind, with Fabinho pivot, accompanied by Henderson and Wijnaldum, and the trident above, Simeone has not given any clue to his plan. A plan that could be a carbon copy of last season, against Juve, with Costa titular as a surprise. A Coast that returns to the list, 19, and that seems fundamental, whether it plays or not, whether it is worse or better: its fury infects. But Costa, operated on a cervical disc herniation in November, may not yet be in shock.. Without João, Herrera and Trippier, the idea of ​​Cholo may be to repeat the Mestalla (quadruple with Correa and Vitolo pointed) or give ownership to Morata, his best footballer. Or maybe give the left-handed side to Hermoso and not Lodi, That is why Liverpool suffers without spaces or concessions and this is a 180 ‘game and not just 90’. These first in which the team of never stop believing, insurance, will not walk alone. Never never never.last_img read more