Real Madrid have received a boost with the news they will reportedly not be forced to play the ‘home’ leg of their upcoming Champions League quarter-final tie against Liverpool at a neutral venue.
Due to the ongoing travel restrictions as a result of coronavirus a number of games in both the Champions League and Europa League have had to be moved to stadiums in different countries recently, with the likes of Budapest and Athens playing host.
Some have argued this has resulted in an unfair disadvantage for certain teams who, through no fault of their own, have not been allowed to play in their own grounds.
But according to Spanish outlet El Espanol, the first leg of the tie between Real and Liverpool set for April 6 can be played in Madrid because the previous restrictions that existed with flights arriving from the UK will not be renewed once the deadline is met on March 30.
However, Real are continuing to play their matches at the 6,000-capacity Alfredo Di Stefano stadium, and so will not have the advantage of the ever-intimidating Bernabeu while it is being expanded.
The tie is certainly one which could go either way, with neither side at the peak of their powers.
And Real will be hoping the marginal gain of having a proper home advantage before their trip to Liverpool on April 14 will help see them through to a semi against either Porto or Chelsea.
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Reds midfielder Thiago Alcantara has recently opened up on how Liverpool’s dressing room feel about drawing Real in the competition.
And he told Spanish outlet AS: “Our reaction was that we have complete respect for Real Madrid, the respect that Champions League quarter-final opponents are obviously due. And we can’t wait for the games to come.
“It’s a wonderful competition and a tie against a fantastic side. We’ll go into it with the respect for Madrid that they deserve.”