Tuesday April 6, will see the home match against Liverpool, with Barcelona then visiting the Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano on Saturday April 10, then the Champions League quarter-final return leg at Anfield on Wednesday April 14.
In a year that has been riddled with unexpected setbacks, Real Madrid have managed to maintain their level of performance in the big matches, or the ‘finals’ as Zinedine Zidane likes to say.
The Real Madrid coach is ready to fight for the Champions League and LaLiga Santander, but he has to reach peak performance three times in eight days if Los Blancos are to do so. Otherwise, Zidane risks having nothing left to play for by mid-April.
“We know who Liverpool are and they are like us, we have been on the edge of the precipice but we are alive in both competitions,” Zidane told the press when he learned of the draw.
Jurgen Klopp‘s men are currently sixth in the Premier League, and on the weekend that Real Madrid play Barcelona, Liverpool will take on Aston Villa as they themselves face a fight to make it into Europe’s premier club competition next season.
Before all that, Real Madrid have two games to play – Celta and Eibar – plus three national team games to look at. And Zidane will have to pray that the treatment table doesn’t become clogged up once more.
If Real Madrid reach the first match against Liverpool with a healthy squad, then doubt will come for the Clasico, as it did in December. Do you rotate against Barcelona? Or will the same XI play all three games?
After Easter, it’ll either be a good week or a bad week.