News From Liverpool: Shot-shy Real Madrid suffer 1st home defeat in 11 months

Carlo Ancelottis experienced side hit five past the Reds in the first leg of their Champions League last 16 encounter, with Liverpool three goals behind going into the return leg on Wednesday, March 15.

After the defeat at Anfield, Jurgen Klopp himself said he thinks the tie is over, but Reals preparations for Liverpools visit arent all going to plan.

Barcelona inflicted Real to their first defeat at the Bernabeu in 11 months in the first leg of their Copa del Rey semi-final on Thursday, with the home side failing to register a single shot on target.

A 26th minute own goal from Eder Militao, who scored at the right end against Liverpool, was enough to secure the victory for Barca.

Real Madrid failed to register even 1 shot on target against Barcelona. This is the first time they havent had a shot on goal since 15th February 2022, 380 days ago.

Lacklustre. ?

Statman Dave (@StatmanDave) March 2, 2023

The last time Real Madrid failed to register a shot on target against Barcelona was 20th of November 2004 in LaLiga.

They lost 3-0 that day. Eto’o, Van Bronckhorst and Ronaldinho scored.

Robbie Dunne (@robbiejdunne) March 3, 2023

Its the first time the reigning European champions have failed to hit the target in a game since February 2022, more than one year ago.

Their failure to hit the target is even more remarkable when you consider they had 65 per cent possession on the night.

Chelsea were the last team to beat Real on their home turf, in their 3-2 Champions League quarter-final second leg victory last April, but it was the Spaniards who progressed to the semi-finals on the night.

Xavis Barcelona side, who are seven points clear of their rivals at the top of La Liga, deserve credit for keeping Real at bay, but despite their emphatic result at Anfield, many believe the Blaugrana are lacking a spark this season.

In the other game they have played since their win on Merseyside, they were held to a 1-1 draw at home to Atletico Madrid.

Real Betis and Espanyol are their next two La Liga opponents before Liverpool travel to Madrid for the second leg.

David Alaba, who came off injured at Anfield, remains sidelined for the time being, as does fellow left-back Ferland Mendy.