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