The two sides met in the 2022 Champions League final when Los Blancos won 1-0 at the Stade de France in Paris. Brazilian left winger Vinicius Júnior scored the only goal, and the La Liga team won its 14th league title, the most in the history of the tournament, after AC Milan (7), Liverpool (6) and Bayern (6).
Before the start of the 2022-23 European soccer season, Jurgen Klopp’s team was considered the favorite to reach the Champions League finals in 2023, but their performance is in stark contrast to last season. The Reds are 8th in the Premier League standings with 10 wins, five draws and seven defeats. After a 3-0 defeat to Wolves on February 4, Liverpool gained momentum with victories over Everton and Newcastle United, and hope to take the lead in the first leg.
Meanwhile, Real Madrid is also underperforming this season and sits second in La Liga, eight points behind league leader Barcelona. Karim Benzema has again been a bright beacon for his team despite his physical problems, and he also missed Sunday’s 2-0 win over Osasuna. But it looks like the Frenchman will take the field against Liverpool, and Carlo Ancelotti has announced that he will start the match.
The Round of 16 match between both sides could determine their fate for the rest of this campaign, and former Liverpool player Mark Seagraves believes Klopp’s team could tip the scales in favor of the favorite in the first match. Speaking to the Hindustan Times, the former defender spoke about his preferences in the fight for the Champions League title this season and expressed his opinion that this year’s trophy could go to another Premier League team.
If you had asked me that last year, I would have said Liverpool. But Liverpool were shocked this season and they ended up in 9th or 10th place in the Premier League, very inconsistent. They had a lot of injured players, now they’re back in the lineup. They will play against Real Madrid, Van Dijk, Hota, Firmino, Diaz is back, he has all these big players back in the lineup. Real Madrid is not wowing the world in La Liga. They are in second place behind the leading Barcelona. So it’s an interesting fan experience. I’m a Liverpool fan.
On Wednesday at Anfield, Liverpool will face Real Madrid again in the UEFA Champions League in the first match of the round of 16. The last time both c. I want them to avenge the two defeats they got from Real Madrid. It’s an interesting draw, as both teams have huge reputations, but have not played well this season. That being said, this is a European night. I think Liverpool will just tip the scales in favor of the favorite in the first match, he said.
Before the start of the 2022-23 European soccer season, Jurgen Klopp’s team was considered the favorite to reach the Champions League final in 2023, but their performances were strikingly different. Man City is the favorite, and then you have teams like Bayern, which I think has a very good squad this year. Nagelsmann has organized a young, hungry and experienced squad. He has acquired players like Mane, who is 30-31 years old and injured, but he has been a revelation since he came in. But he also has players like Musiala, De Ligt and players like Gravenberg. Then you have Gnabry, Sane, Chupo-Moting, who is scoring goals. So they have a real, quality squad. To me, Man City, followed by Bayern and Napoli, can be outsiders because they play in Serie A, being the undisputed leaders, he added.
Meanwhile, PSG suffered a 1-0 defeat to Bayern on February 15 in Paris in the first match of the round of 16. The Bundesliga team crushed PSG with their tactics, and Kinsley Coman’s 53rd-minute goal was decisive. Lionel Messi had a quiet night in that match, and the Argentine captain will be hoping he shows better in the second match. When asked about his prediction for the return match between both sides, Seagraves was blunt.
No, it’s a simple answer. They couldn’t do it at home, and Bayern at home is a formidable force. The atmosphere will be great. They are leading 1-0. I mean no. I don’t think they will. But PSG have quality players, they can turn any game upside down. I just think Bayern is very professional, very organized, very disciplined. They also have good players in the front line. Musiala, Mane, I know he’s not playing, but Sane, Gnabry, all these players they have are a test for anyone else. They go into the second match 1-0, so PSG will put pressure on them, and if they do, they will leave themselves very vulnerable at the back. If I want them to win for two reasons. I want them to get back on track. I also want them to,he.
they will do it, even Choupo-Moting will score goals left, right and center. Bayern has enough firepower to crush any PSG comeback, he said.