Luis Díaz could not overcome Real Madrid’s defense // EFE/EPA/FILIP SINGER
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It was not the night. Luis Diaz lost the first Champions League final of his career against Real Madrid, who beat Liverpool 1-0 and claimed his 14th title in the world’s top club competition.
Look: Madrid, always Real Madrid
The peasant did not find the sensations of other games. And it wasn’t entirely his fault. Liverpool, who although they looked superior and did not score due to the extraordinary performance of the merengue goalkeeper, Thibaut Courtois, failed to connect the midfield with the attack and, above all, lacked intensity to overcome the white defense, strong and very orderly.
The revolutions of other games were not there. That is why, in addition to Luis Díaz, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mané did not appear either. And neither did Diogo Jota and Roberto Firmino, who came on in the second half.
The person in charge was Carlo Ancelotti, who read the structure of the networks and he proposed a compact structure in his defense, which left no space for the forwards of the English team.
Madrid’s midfield, with Luka Modric at the helm and Federico Valverde as a bastion of battles, neutralized Liverpool. That was the key and the championship was defined.
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In the beginning of the game, the two teams faced each other. It was a testing phase. However, quickly, the English got into the game. Real Madrid withstood the attacks and neutralized the intentions of their rival. Before the end of the first half, Liverpool was no longer superior and with the goal in the first part of the complement, Real Madrid stuck to their idea and exercised superiority. It was mentally overwhelming and Liverpool could never cope.
The networksdue to the offensive naturalness of its intentions, Real Madrid went over, but the white team did not suffer too much because the system proposed by Carletto reduced Liverpool to its minimum expression.
On the one hand, it was the perfect match for the Italian, because it went just as he had planned. He won for good strategist.
On the other, it was a nightmare night for Jurgen Klopp, who, faced with Real Madrid’s low block and the whites’ advantage, even betrayed his idea and ended up playing with four forwards, in a team overwhelmed in attack, with many names that did not know where to attack.
Ancelotti showed this Saturday why he is one of the most successful coaches in the history of Europe – he is already at the top of the most successful – and without fuss, with simplicity as a flag, he gave Real Madrid its fourteenth Champions League.
There will be another chance Fought Diaz. This Saturday was not the night, but others will come. The explosion of the Colombian, a four-month maelstrom, is a story that is just beginning in Liverpool. Better afternoons will come and Liverpool will show the heavy-metal that led Jurgen Klopp to put the networks on the top of the world.
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