There is no doubt that the Champions League has long been regarded as the ultimate pursuit of all European football clubs, and defending the Champions League is a great honor that ordinary clubs can't even think of. So far, only eight teams in the history of the Champions League have completed the feat of defending the title, namely Nottingham Forest, Benfica, Inter Milan, Ajax, AC Milan, Bayern Munich, Real Madrid and Liverpool. Although the Red Army Liverpool is also one of the holders of this record, the last time they completed the Champions League defending was more than 40 years ago in 1978 and 1979. There is no doubt that Liverpool this season clearly wants to use the team's high competitive state to reach the Champions League defending championship again in the new century.
Real-time Premier League Standings
It is also completely understandable for Liverpool to show such a complacent attitude in defending the Champions League. This season's Red Army has shown "unstoppable courage" in their home country's Premier League. By the end of the 29th round of the Premier League, the Reds Liverpool had achieved a gorgeous record of 27 wins, 1 draw, 1 loss and 82 points, firmly occupying the top spot, leading the second-ranked Blue Moon team Manchester City by 25 points in a multi-match round. It can be said that the ability to show such a strong competitive ability in the so-called "multi-team championship" in the Premier League is enough to prove that Liverpool this season has outstanding advantages on both sides of the offense and defense.
There is a classic saying in the football world: From peak to trough, it is often only a moment. Before the first leg of the Champions League 1/8 final, the Reds never imagined that their momentum of advancing side by side on all fronts this season would be turned into a phantom in just half a month: on February 19th, Liverpool at the Wanda Metropolitan Stadium Lost to Atletico Madrid 0:1 and was at a disadvantage in the Champions League 1/8 finals. On March 1, Liverpool lost 0:3 away to the relegation team Watford, breaking Manchester City’s Premier League winning streak. The goal of Arsenal's unbeaten record in the Premier League has failed; on March 4, Liverpool lost 0:2 to the Blues Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, and was eliminated in the 19-20 England FA Cup. The failure of these three games undoubtedly allowed the Reds to shift their attention to the Champions League. They must want to be 100% spirited to complete the comeback against Atletico Madrid in their home scene (Liverpool first leg 0-1 Lose).
足球界有一句经典名言：从高峰到低谷，通常只是片刻。在冠军联赛1/8决赛的首回合之前，红军从未想象过他们在本赛季在各个方面并肩前进的势头会在短短的半个月内变成幻影：2月19日，利物浦在万达大都会体育场0：1输给官方网站马德里竞技，在冠军联赛1/8决赛中处于劣势。 3月1日，利物浦0：3输给保级球队沃特福德，打破了曼城的英超连胜纪录。阿森纳在英超联赛中保持不败纪录的目标失败了。 3月4日，利物浦在斯坦福桥（Stamford Bridge）输给了蓝军切尔西队（Chlosea）0：2，并在19-20英格兰足总杯中被淘汰。这三场比赛的失败无疑使红军将注意力转移到了欧洲冠军联赛。他们必须要有100％的热情，才能在主场完成对马德里竞技队的复出（利物浦首回合0-1输）。
For the away team Atletico Madrid, they can be regarded as the most "special" giants in world football today. This veteran team from Madrid, the Spanish capital, has been one of the strong contenders for the Champions League in the past 10 years, but their style of play is far less than that of Real Madrid and Barcelona. . It is precisely because the team's game style is too boring that Simeone's tactical strategy tailored for Atletico Madrid has also been questioned by fans and the media for a long time.
Real-time La Liga standings
In this season’s Spanish Football League, Atletico Madrid has only scored 11 wins, 12 draws, 4 losses and 45 points in 27 games so far, ranking sixth in the league, one point behind the fourth-ranked Real Sociedad. , 13 points behind first-ranked Barcelona. Based on the current situation of Atletico Madrid in the La Liga standings, the team's goal of regaining the league championship after many years this season has basically been completely defeated. Now they can only put more attention on fighting. Qualifying for the Champions League for this season.
However, compared to their difficult moves in La Liga, Atletico Madrid has gone smoothly in the Champions League this season. They scored 3 wins, 1 draw, 2 losses in 6 games in the Champions League group stage and accumulated 10 points. They were determined to qualify as second in the group, and finally met last season's champion Reds in the Champions League 1/8 finals. Liverpool (Liverpool is the first in Group E). In terms of the state of the two teams at the time, most of the public opinion placed the hot spot for promotion on the Red Army. It is believed that the offensive and defensive performance of this season can only be described by Atletico Madrid, it is difficult to resist the Red Army Liverpool. A mercury-like offensive.
Chamberlain forced a pass after hitting the bottom on the right, and Wijnaldum, who was outflanked in the center, took off calmly with a header unmarked and scored
Wijnaldum made a cross from the right with more than one enemy, and Firmino scored with two consecutive hits in the middle
Atletico use Adrian's error to launch an offense, Felix assists Lent with a long shot
Morata crossed Llorente in the counterattack, who scored a 1V3 long shot
Llorente counterattacked in Zhisemorata, who easily scored a single goal
But Simeone finally used his defensive counterattack tactics that he has studied for many years to prove to the world: sometimes the promotion road to the cup does not require too complicated tactics, and stability from the beginning to the end is the most important thing. In the second round of the 1/8 final at 4 a.m. Beijing time on March 12, 2020, the Reds Liverpool was assisted by No. 15 Chamberlain to break the deadlock at the end of the first half of the game. Liverpool full-back No. 26 Robertson headed up and shot the crossbar, and Saul's header was invalidated because of offside. After 90 minutes, Liverpool led 1-0 at home to Atletico Madrid in overtime. In overtime, Firmino opened the record in 93 minutes to help the Reds achieve a lead in the total score. Atletico's Llorente scored twice through counterattacks in the following time, and Morata took over at the last moment. Llorente made a single pass. In the end, Liverpool lost to Atletico Madrid 2:3 at home in the second round of the Champions League 1/8 final, and was eliminated by the Sheets with a total score of 2:4.
Liverpool starting lineup
This season's Red Army Liverpool has always been a solid supporter of the 433 formation. In the second round of the Champions League 1/8 final that is in desperate need of scoring, the coach Klopp will naturally continue to apply this set of offensive formations they have learned. stage. It is worth mentioning that Klopp removed the more defensive No. 3 Fabinho in the midfield of the game, and instead used the more offensive No. 15 Chamberlain to start the game. At the same time, because Liverpool’s main goalkeeper Allison was injured, Klopp chose the 33-year-old Spanish goalkeeper No. 13 Adrian to start the game.
In terms of the back line, Klopp still chose their outstanding performance in the Premier League this season, "Golden Four" Robertson, Van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Arnold started the game, Van Dijk and Joe Gomez He has both height and good replenishment ability, and can also provide the team with effective high-altitude ball scramble ability in the set-kick attack. Robertson and Arnold have grown into the world's most valuable left-back and right-back this season. Their assists during the game can become an important part of Liverpool's frontcourt pressure and side-to-side tactics. However, it should be noted that as the team that pays the most attention to full-backs in the world in today's football, Liverpool will expose a huge gap behind the wing because of the two full-backs' positions being too forward in certain periods of time. The side gave Van Dijk and Gomez two central defenders a greater test.
On the front line, the "Red Arrows" Mane, Firmino and Salah, who have been popular in world football in the past two seasons, continue to lead the game. Among them, Mane and Salah have joined forces to help this season Liverpool scored 38 goals in all competitions, a strong guarantee for the Reds' final blow. Although No. 9 Firmino has scored few goals, his role in the game is more inclined to pull the overall position of the opponent's midfield defense through his own diligent running, and use it in certain time periods. The individual's skills retreat to the midfield to assist teammates in organizing.
It is worth mentioning that when we introduce the Red Arrows, we must not ignore their aggressive double-teaming strategy without the ball. Among them, Mane and Salah will quickly block the opponent's two sides after losing the ball. The defender's receiving space, and Firmino will moderately retreat to a position closer to the midfield teammates to force the opponent's ball holder to make too risky vertical passes. This kind of running mentality has become a key link for the successful implementation of the Red Army Liverpool's oppressive tactics this season, and Liverpool has also become the team that can score the most goals in the Premier League and even the world football this season.
Atletico Madrid starting lineup
For Atletico Madrid, the recent comeback of the Portuguese star Felix, whom they spent more than 100 million euros in the summer window, will undoubtedly be of great benefit to their striker strength. In this game, Simeone still chose the 442 he is most familiar with as the team’s starting lineup. The two players in the starting double forward position are No. 19 Diego Costa and No. 7 Felix. Among them are Diego Costa. Costa's height of 1.86 meters and relatively strong physical confrontation ability can greatly affect the defensive attention of Van Dijk and others in the defensive hinterland of the Red Army Liverpool, creating more runs for the more flexible player Felix. Dynamic space.
对于马德里竞技队来说，葡萄牙球星菲利克斯（Felix）最近的卷土重来无疑是他们的前锋实力，葡萄牙人菲利克斯（Felix）在夏季的比赛中花费了超过1亿欧元，这无疑将为其带来巨大的好处。在本场比赛中，西梅涅仍然选择了他最熟悉的442作为球队的首发阵容。在首发双前锋位置上的两名选手是第19名迭戈·科斯塔和第7名菲利克斯。其中包括迭戈·科斯塔。 Costa的身高1.86米和相对较强的身体对抗能力可以极大地影响Van Dijk和其他人在利物浦红军防守腹地的防守注意力，为更加灵活的球员Felix创造更多的跑分。动态空间。
In the midfield area, Simeone still uses the very characteristic "multi-back midfielder" position he ruled: No. 8 Saul's partner No. 5 Thomas appears in the middle, and the left and right side midfielders are 6 respectively. Cork and Correa number 10. Why do we call the midfielder composed of these four Atletico Madrid players a "multiple midfielder combination"? The reason is that these four players have very good defensive coverage. The airtight interception line they formed during the game made Atletico Madrid's defense in the midfield area stable (when Rodri did not leave the team, Atletico Madrid's The midfield four-man team is also known as the "four midfielder combination").
However, we must not neglect the role they can play in the offensive process because of the strong defensive ability of these four players. Both Saul No. 8 and Thomas No. 5 have quite good long-range shooting ability and can also Increased the success rate of high-altitude competition for the team in the set-piece attack; Cork and Correa, who are in the left and right forward positions, pay more attention to body movement during the game. They will never stick to the head coach's arrangement for them. Starting position, but will pull the opponent's midfield defense position through frequent movements.
In the defensive area, the No. 12 Lodi and No. 23 Trippier introduced by Atletico Madrid in the summer window brought a new atmosphere to the team’s offensive and defensive transformation. Both players have a very obvious advantage in instant acceleration. China can greatly help the team's counterattack. However, the two of them will definitely not ignore the defense because they are too focused on offense. Both Lodi and Trippier have shown a relatively good concentration of the game under Simeone's tuning, and they will make full use of their own field. On the overall situation, interpret the game and find the right time to insert assists.
During the years that Griezmann played for Atletico Madrid, the French star used his comprehensive personal ability to bring a more hierarchical change to Atletico Madrid's offensive frontcourt. After Griezmann left the team, Atletico Madrid naturally wanted to find a player with the same personal technical characteristics and overall view of the field as Griezmann, and they spent hundreds of millions of euros from the Portuguese Super League Benfica. Lex was placed high hopes of becoming the team's "second Griezmann". Although Felix’s current performance on the court is still slightly immature due to his young age, his offensive talents displayed in certain periods of time can still be a strong guarantee for Atletico Madrid in the next few years. .
Only 8 seconds into the game, Felix used an offensive organization that retreated to the midfield area to help another striker Costa form an excellent chance to score. As shown in the picture above, Felix retreated to the midfield area in this attack to assist Thomas and others in holding the ball (considering the importance of defense in Simeone’s tactical thinking, Saul and Thomas in the midfield of Atletico Madrid Rarely will be highly inserted into the opponent's defensive hinterland area to pass the threat ball, so Atletico Madrid needs one of the double forwards to withdraw and participate in the organization in certain periods of time). It can be found that the Reds Liverpool’s double center backs Van Dijk and Joe Gomez have exposed huge gaps because they have not fully entered the game state, and Felix also used his excellent overall situation to observe the double center backs. Diego Costa succeeded in the first gap. However, it is a pity for the fans of the Sheets that the final shot by Costa hit the side net of the goal due to too much angle.
In Liverpool's recent 3:2 victory over West Ham United, the first goal scored by the Reds came from their midfielder Wijnaldum's aggressive advance in an attack. Wijnaldum’s participation in high-altitude ball scrambles in the offensive process has been common this season. His movements can effectively fill the gaps in the outflanking points that appear after Firmino leaves the center area, and can also be instantaneous. Disrupt the opponent's defensive layout in the penalty area.
Let's take a look at the first goal scored by Liverpool in this game. As shown in the picture above, Liverpool passed a small range of 1 to 2 feet on the right to help the right midfielder Chamberlain form a chance to pass the bottom. At this time, Liverpool had only three outflank players in the penalty area-No. 10 Mane, No. 9 Firmino and No. 5 Wijnaldum, while Atletico Madrid had five defensive players. However, in the case of the obvious advantage of the defenders, the sheet army neglected the marking of Wijnaldum due to the selfless tactical pull of the opponent Mane and Firmino: Mane attracted Atletico 4 through the forward insertion after the adduction. The attention of the famous player and Firmino's sudden movement to the front point attracted Thomas's attention. In the end, Chamberlain accurately found Wijnaldum, who was unmarked at the penalty spot, in a forced pass from the right. The Dutch international could easily complete the header.
让我们看看利物浦在这场比赛中打进的第一个进球。如上图所示，利物浦在右侧通过了1到2英尺的小范围射门，以帮助右侧中场张伯伦形成通过底部的机会。此时，利物浦在禁区只有3名边路球员。 10名鬃毛，第9名Firmino和5名Wijnaldum，而马德里竞技有5名防守球员。但是，在防守方有明显优势的情况下，由于对手Mane和Firmino的无私战术牵引，该表军忽略了Wijnaldum的标记：Mane在内收之后通过向前插入吸引了Atletico 4。著名球员的注意力和菲尔米诺的突如其来的动作吸引了托马斯的注意。最后，张伯伦在右路的强制传球中准确地找到了在罚球点上未加标记的维纳尔杜姆。荷兰国际队可以轻松完成标头。
In the second half of the game between the two sides, Wijnaldum also used a post-interruption to help the team create a goal. As shown in the picture above, Liverpool's No. 9 Firmino once again cruised to the front point in this attack, attracting 4 to 5 Atletico Madrid players to close the defense, so that the No. 5 Wiener in the back point area Dumu was in an unattended position for a moment. In the end, Milner made a cross from the left and found Wijnaldum, who was at the back. The Dutch midfielder used a header to assist Mane to complete a wonderful barb shot.
If the above two examples are derived from Wijnaldum’s wonderful post-emerging grab points, then the following example represents Wijnaldum’s good ability to break through the wing. Let’s look at the second goal Liverpool scored in this game. As shown in the picture above, Wijnaldum was only alone in the process of getting the ball from the wing, but he was holding the ball in such a limited way. Under the environment, they got rid of the pressing of the opposing two players and then passed the ball accurately to the rib space between the two Atletico Madrid center-backs. In the end, Firmino first hit the left post with a header, and then grabbed a two-point kick to easily fill the empty goal, and Liverpool overtook the total score.
Lost goals shortly after the start of overtime, this result is both a bad thing and a good thing for Atletico Madrid: Although the team's total score is lagging behind, fortunately, there is still plenty of game time to equalize. According to normal circumstances, as long as the leading Liverpool can fully grasp the rhythm of the game and force Atletico Madrid to leave the defensive hinterland and press on the offense, they can not only hold the lead at that time, but also take advantage of Atletico Madrid’s overall defense exposure A counterattack attempt was launched in the space behind him.
Just when Liverpool were full of confidence and prepared to implement the tactics we mentioned above, their goalkeeper Adrian used an too low-level error to push Liverpool back into a dark trough. As shown in the picture above, Liverpool succeeded in forcing Atletico Madrid’s frontcourt players to counter-grab as a whole through a backcourt control. At this time, goalkeeper Adrian can effectively break Atletico Madrid as long as he can quickly transfer the ball to the midfielder’s feet. The more blind press this time so as to get a counterattack opportunity. But what made Liverpool fans beat their chests was that Adrian made a serious low-level error in handling the ball without interference: his backcourt pass directly found Atletico Madrid player No. 7 Felix, who got the ball. A slight adjustment then assisted Lunter to complete a long shot from the periphery.
With Llorente's key goal in the 94th minute of the game, the sheet team Atletico Madrid regained the total score. This goal made Liverpool, who were originally prepared to implement the control tactics, had to re-press the three fronts to launch a positional attack. Such a tactical strategy may also be able to push the generals of the sheet army into the third defensive zone at the beginning of the game. , But it is difficult to guarantee the success rate of the attack in the overtime period when the physical fitness is experiencing a huge decline, which also leads to Atletico Madrid getting more counterattack opportunities.
在比赛第94分钟，洛伦特（Llorente）取得了关键进球，马德里竞技队（Aletico Madrid）重新获得了总成绩。这个目标使原本准备实施控制策略的利物浦不得不重新压迫这三个方面，发动阵地进攻。这样的战术策略也可能能够在游戏开始时将平兵的将军推入第三防御区。 ，但是当身体素质急剧下降时，很难保证加时赛进攻的成功率，这也导致马德里竞技获得更多的反攻机会。
In the 104th minute of the game, Atletico Madrid formed a two-on-three attack in the Liverpool half through a counterattack. No. 9 Morata with the ball on the right attracted Henderson and Van Dijk and immediately used a cross pass. The ball was handed over to Llorente in the middle, and the latter formed a shot opportunity to face the goal. However, judging from the follow-up defense situation of the Liverpool players, although their players have a positive attitude toward defense, they did not choose to press and press to avoid fouls. In the end, Llorente could calmly adjust under the double-team of the three players. Step point then completed a long shot to score.
In the 120th minute of the game, Atletico Madrid once again pried the goal guarded by Adrian through the cooperation of Morata and Llorente in the counterattack. As shown in the picture above, Morata immediately turned and handed the ball to Llorente after getting the ball in the frontcourt and then completed the forward insertion along the rib space between Arnold and Robertson. It can be found that although Liverpool has accumulated as many as 6 defensive players in a local area at this time, almost all of these 6 players are in a very passive turning and chasing stage. There is no way to form Llorente with the ball in the first place. Press restrictions. In the end, Llorente also used a precise through to find the high-speed No. 9 Morata in the considerable holding space. The Spanish striker naturally took such a good opportunity to laugh at it. Atletico Madrid was in the game. At the end of the period, the total score was fixed at 4:2.
Both sides' game data
At the end of 120 minutes, Liverpool lost 2:3 to Atletico Madrid at their home stadium at Anfield, and was eliminated by the latter with a total score of 2:4. It is worth mentioning that after the end of this game, Atletico Madrid became the first team that can eliminate "Krodom Liverpool" in two rounds in the European competition (in the previous 10 two-round knockouts, the Krishna Reds have never I missed it). Of course, what makes Liverpool feel more frustrated than being eliminated in the Champions League is that their goalkeeper once again caused the team to lose goals because of too low-level errors in the key games of the Champions League (according to Opta statistics, since 17- At the beginning of the 18 season, Liverpool’s goalkeeper made a total of four turnovers in the Champions League, including 1 Adrian and 3 Carrius, which is the most in any team in the same period).
120分钟后，利物浦在安菲尔德的主场输给马德里竞技队2：3，并以2：4的比分被后者淘汰。值得一提的是，这场比赛结束后，马德里竞技成为第一支可以在欧洲比赛中两轮淘汰“克罗敦·利物浦”的球队（在之前的10轮两轮淘汰赛中，克里希纳红军从未错过过它） ）。当然，让利物浦比在冠军联赛中被淘汰更让人沮丧的是，他们的守门员再次因欧冠关键比赛中失误过低而导致球队丢球（根据Opta统计， 17-在18赛季开始时，利物浦的守门员在冠军联赛中总共进了四次失误，其中包括1名阿德里安和3名卡里乌斯，这是同期所有球队中最多的。
But from another perspective, since the fact has happened, it must be accepted. Although Liverpool experienced a frustrating Champions League 1/8 final, their journey on other fronts of the season has not completely ended. The Red Army should get out of the shadow of the loss of the game as soon as possible and shift more attention to In deepening the quality of offense and defense, only in this way can Liverpool be able to re-launch the Champions League with a better attitude next season.