As Real Madrid prepares to take on Manchester City in the semi-finals of the Champions League, we look back at the Spanish giants’ last five outings in England.
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Liverpool 0-3 Real Madrid
Group stage; October 22, 2014
This was arguably Real Madrid’s best performance under Carlo Ancelotti as Brendan Rodgers’ side were easily swept aside in the group stage with a brace from Karim Benzema and a wonderful finish from Cristiano Ronaldo, all before half-time. Madrid were in a rich vein of form at the time and comfortably beat Barcelona 3-1 at the Bernabeu a few days later.
Man United 1-2 Real Madrid
Last 16; March 5, 2013
After Danny Welbeck’s goal for United secured a 1-1 draw in the first leg, the return meeting at Old Trafford was finely poised as Sergio Ramos’s own goal allowed the English team to put one foot in the quarter-finals. But Nani’s sending off changed the game and Madrid immediately took over, with Luka Modric curling a brilliant leveller before Ronaldo struck the winner and refused to celebrate.
Man City 1-1 Real Madrid
Group stage; November 21, 2012
With Madrid through to the knockout stage, Roberto Mancini’s City desperately needed a win. Benzema’s opener was deserved following a strong start from Los Blancos, before City were given renewed hope with a penalty, converted by Sergio Aguero, which also saw Alvaro Arbeloa sent off. But they couldn’t find their way past Iker Casillas again and were eliminated at the group stage.
Tottenham 0-1 Real Madrid
Quarter-final; April 13, 2011
This tie was already effectively over thanks to Madrid’s thumping 4-0 victory in the first leg, which featured two goals from Emmanuel Adebayor and further strikes from Angel Di Maria and Cristiano Ronaldo against Spurs who had Peter Crouch recklessly sent off in the early stages. The formality of the return leg was settled with a goal from Ronaldo, giving his team a 5-0 aggregate victory.
Liverpool 4-0 Real Madrid
Last 16; March 10, 2009
Liverpool had already established a solid lead, with a goal from Yossi Benayoun giving the Reds a 1-0 win at the Bernabeu. And they hammered home the advantage in the return leg against Juande Ramos’ sorry troops. Fernando Torres and a Steven Gerrard penalty made it 2-0 at half-time, before a second for Gerrard and a late Andrea Dossena goal completed the rout.
The former Tottenham star hit a brace, including a stunning winner ten minutes from time, to ensure Los Blancos stayed hot on the heels of rivals Barcelona and Atletico Madrid in the La Liga title hunt.
Zinedine Zidane has attempted to calm the euphoria surrounding Real Madrid by warning there is still a long way to go before they can celebrate any silverware.
Los Blancos’ progression into the Champions League semi-finals and their sudden re-emergence into the La Liga title race has sparked a fervent reaction among fans and media, with an expectation that Zidane will lead Los Blancos to glory growing stronger by the day.
An impressive run of seven straight league wins, achieved with a cumulative goal difference of 27- 5, has left Madrid just one point behind floundering leaders Barcelona, who were among the victims for Zidane’s side.
But ahead of Wednesday night’s testing home clash with fourth-placed Villarreal, the Bernabeu boss attempted to ensure that nobody gets carried away with their promising form as he said: “We still haven’t won anything at all.
“I don’t like people saying that we’re going to win everything. We have to play the games first. We have the fortune of being able to compete for La Liga and the Champions League, but we still haven’t won anything at all.
“We are capable of winning the double because we are getting closer, but that’s all. We will have to keep on working hard until the final day. The good thing is that the players think in the same way as me, and they know it won’t be easy.”
Zidane was also keen to emphasise that Barcelona should still be regarded as favourites despite their poor recent form, and that second-placed Atletico should not be taken lightly.
“Barca and Atletico are ahead of us and I can see them winning every game from now on. All we can do is try to win all our games,” he added.
Zidane will be forced to reshuffle his pack with the absence of right-sided duo Dani Carvajal and Gareth Bale, who are both injured, but are not expected to miss next week’s Champions League semi-final first leg with Manchester City.
Bale’s absence – which has caused some issues with fans given he was seen playing 36 holes of golf on Sunday – will provide James Rodriguez or Isco an opportunity to build upon their performances in Saturday 5-1 thrashing of Getafe, where both got onto the scoresheet.
But the absence of Carvajal is potentially a bigger blow, with Zidane likely to turn to Brazilian full-back Danilo for the first time since he was jeered by Bernabeu fans during the home win against Eibar.