Real Madrid are now looking likely to be in the Champions League final against Liverpool after they defeated Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena. After Joshua Kimmich gave Bayern the lead, it seemed the Bavarians might manage to upset the bookmakers and send Real crashing out. But goals from Marcelo and Marcos Asensio saw Real pick up a vital away win.
With Liverpool winning their first-leg against Roma 5-2, the two sides look well placed to make the final in Kiev.
Real Madrid might have won the game, but it was a performance that left Liverpool fans hopeful of facing Los Merengues in the Champions League final.
The Reds currently have perhaps the best player in world football today. Mohamed Salah has been a revelation since joining the side in the summer. Since arriving at Anfield from Roma he has scored 43 goals for the club and put his former side to the sword last night.
He infiltrated Roma’s weak and attack-minded left side over and over again in the first-leg and Liverpool fans believe he will do the same if they face Madrid.
Whilst Marcelo may have scored in the game, he did not put in the best of performances.
He left an acre of space for Kimmich to run into for Bayern’s goal. He struggled to deal with Thomas Muller at times, but if Arjen Robben had remained on the pitch it is fair to wonder if Marcelo may have had a more torrid time.
Liverpool fans are certainly excited at the prospect of Salah perhaps facing off with Marcelo in the Champions League final. Defending is not the Brazilian’s favourite aspect of his job and fans at Anfield feel that Salah might be able to leave him embarrassed if they go toe-to-toe.
Based on the evidence of the past two nights, it is hard to disagree with the Liverpool fans who feel Salah can leave Marcelo trailing…
Salah when we recover the ball and he realises Marcelo just wants to play as a striker all night pic.twitter.com/1MKrnzvXLC
— Louis (@KloppOfTheKops) April 25, 2018
Looking at the way they played today.. ideally we should smash them. Salah and Mane will run riot if Marcelo and Carvajal keep giving the spaces like they did today.
— Rachit (@rachit_vk) April 25, 2018
@andygoldstein05 mo salah up against Marcelo….. Yes please bring it on. He will tear him apart for fun.
— Bob Martin (@BobMart68942217) April 25, 2018
Salah vs Marcelo could be interesting. Marcelo bombs forward and Salah won’t track so something has to give.
— James (@BobbyF9_) April 25, 2018
Mo Salah against either Rafina or Marcelo = #GameOver. That’s why I make Liverpool favorires. For all of Marcelo’s attacking ability (sick going forward) he’s terrible and a liability defensively.
— Jassa Johal (@jassa_johal) April 25, 2018
Can’t wait to see Salah vs Marcelo #LFC
— lyder sagen (@Lyderhorn73) April 25, 2018
Marcelo will leave so much space for Salah an he will finish them
— ? (@JacobLFC_) April 25, 2018
Big fan of Marcelo playing with a ball off the pitch and then jogging back whilst Kimmich scores.
Mo Salah is going to love that space in behind.
— Reece (@KopiteCalling92) April 25, 2018
If we make the final and face Real, obviously it’ll be one he’ll of a challenge but we need to capitalise on the possibility of them playing with their full backs so far up. Marcelo vs Salah sounds rather nice
— #6 (@BaccaIieri) April 25, 2018
Salah watching the open space behind Marcelo like.. pic.twitter.com/QyDj69ow7P
— o? (@SalahSZN) April 25, 2018