Champions League final The statistics in matches against English teams work in favor of Karim Benzema, who has the responsibility of being Madrid’s goal man on May 28.
Real Madrid and Liverpool meet again in a Champions League final. The madridistas want the fourteenth orejona, to achieve this goal they will have to defeat Liverpool again in this stage of the competition, just as they did in 2018 in the city of kyiv.
The goal card for Madrid is Karim Benzema. The Frenchman has not only repeatedly saved Carlo Ancelotti’s team in this Champions League, but he also has a curious statistic against English teams that could be of great help to them on May 28 in Paris. What is it about? At Otium we tell you.
In the 22 games he has played in the UEFA Champions League against English teams, Karim Benzema has scored 16 goals. This is his most against rivals from the same nation, surpassing the 14 he scored against clubs from Germany.
One of his best performances was against Manchester City, which even before the game was a candidate to lift the Champions League. The Frenchman scored three of the six goals in the match, which were enough for Real Madrid to continue advancing in the competition (4-3 away, 3-1 at home after extra time).
Madrid vs Liverpool: How many times did Ancelotti and Klopp meet in the Champions League?
Throughout history both coaches have met nine times on the pitch, Ancelotti has the advantage with four wins, three draws and only two losses in this versus coaches.
Confrontations of Ancelotti and Klopp in Champions
The first confrontation occurred in the 2014 Champions League. At the helm of Real Madrid, Ancelotti beat Borussia Dortmund then led by Jürgen Klopp. The first leg match ended 3-0 in favor of the Italian, while the second leg ended 2-0 in favor of the German. The key was sealed and the ‘Merengues’ advanced in the European competition.
The next crossing occurred a few years later. The group stage of the 2018 Champions League was disputed, Ancelotti in charge of Napoli and Klopp directing Liverpool. The end result was a match won for each, both by the slightest difference.
Already in 2019, also in the Champions group stage, the technicians met again. The match was tied and Ancelotti left Napoli to start a new challenge with Everton of England.
Other duels between Ancelotti and Klopp
Ancelotti’s transfer to English lands brought more clashes between both technicians. the FA Cup gave them the opportunity to meet again and Klopp emerged victorious with Liverpool 1-0. In the Premier League they recorded a draw without changing the score and another two goals.
The most recent meeting took place at the beginning of 2021. On that occasion, Everton defeated Liverpool at Anfield 0-2.
How many goals has Benzema scored in this edition of the Champions League?
The French striker, who has become Madrid’s main weapon of attack after the departure of Cristiano Ronal, has scored 15 goals in this edition of the UEFA Champions League. He even outplays Robert Lewandowski by two touchdowns.