Liverpool have undoubtedly got a tough task ahead of them, as they prepare to face the Champions League holders Real Madrid at the Bernabeu, but it’s not an impossible one.
Five English teams have faced Madrid and Spain and avoided defeat. Can Liverpool’s class of 2014-15 add themselves to this list?
1974 - Real Madrid 0 Ipswich 0
Plucky Ipswich shut up shop to grind out a 0-0 draw, having already beat the Spanish giants 1-0 in the first-leg. A deflected long range effort from from Mick Mills at Portman Road, was enough to see Ipswich knock Madrid out of the UEFA Cup.
2000 - Real Madrid 0 Manchester United 0
Another team to walk away from the Bernabeu with a goalless draw was Manchester United in the Champions League quarter-final. Having done the hard work, United were eventually beaten 3-2 at Old Trafford, as a prime Ronaldo notched a hat-trick.
2006 - Real Madrid 0 Arsenal 1
A Thierry Henry goal was enough to make Arsenal the first English club to beat Real Madrid at the Bernabeu, which might have had something to do with the fact that they did not field a single English player. Arsenal drew the second-leg 0-0, to progress to the Champions League semi-finals, en-route to an eventual defeat in the final to Barcelona.
2009 - Real Madrid 0 Liverpool 1
Liverpool are the only other English side to have beaten Real Madrid in the Spanish capital, winning the Champions League quarter-final first-leg 1-0, before thrashing them 4-0 at Anfield. Yossi Benayoun was the man on target at the Bernabeu.
2013 - Real Madrid 1 Manchester United 1
Alex Ferguson’s last season in charge of Manchester United, saw his team draw 1-1 in Madrid in a Champions League quarter-final first-leg, before again being knocked out of the competition with defeat at Old Trafford. Danny Welbeck put United ahead in the match, before their former player Cristiano Ronaldo levelled the scores.