‘I think Carlo thinks the tie is over’: Jurgen Klopp believes Real Madrid counterpart Carlo Ancelotti feels his side are through to the Champions League quarter-finals after 5-2 mauling – as Liverpool manager admits ‘I think it as well in the moment’
- Real Madrid came from two goals down to win 5-2 at Liverpool on Tuesday night
- Real host Liverpool in the return leg of Champions League last-16 tie on March 15
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp believes Real Madrid feel they are already through to the Champions League quarter-finals after an emphatic 5-2 win at Anfield.
The defending champions were trailing 2-0 early on in the first half before a Vinicius Jr brace, Eder Militao header and Karim Benzema double swung the last-16 encounter firmly in their favour.
Liverpool have it all to do ahead of the last-16 second leg on March 15, having become the first team in Champions League history to take a 2-0 lead and lose by a three-goal margin, and Klopp has conceded their hopes are remote.
Jurgen Klopp (L) believes Carlo Ancelotti feels their Champions League tie is already ‘over’
Vinicius Jr (centre) scored twice as Real came from two down to win 5-2 at Anfield on Tuesday
Put to the Liverpool boss that Real boss Carlo Ancelotti said he could not say the last-16 tie was over, he said: ‘I think Carlo thinks the tie is over – and I think it as well in the moment.
‘But in three weeks – that is how it is in these moments – the closer you get to the game, the bigger our chances become and the less likely that the tie is over.
‘But tonight with a 5-2 when you see the game, they are pretty good in counter-attacking… we have to score there three goals and take some risks. That could be a bit tricky.
‘But it’s really not in my mind so we go there, I can say that now already, and try and win the game.
‘If that’s possible or not right now I don’t know but that’s what we will try and from there we will see.’