Liverpool’s last Champions League opponents believe that they stand little chance…
Basel manager Paulo Souso believes that Real Madrid could end Liverpool’s Champions League hopes over the next two games, and help send his side through to the competition’s knockout rounds.
Reports in the Daily Star carry the quotes from the former QPR, Swansea and Leicester boss, who is confident that his team’s 1-0 win over the Reds earlier this month should ensure their progression.
Liverpool now face Ronaldo’s Real Madrid home and away while Basel take on the group’s rank outsiders Ludogorets twice. Six points for both Madrid and Basel will have Brendan Rodgers’ survival hopes hanging by a thread.
Sousa said: “It will be difficult for Liverpool. Real Madrid have a big chance to win both games. They are in great form, scoring lots of goals in every game. They have great players. Ronaldo is in fantastic form.
“But they also have so many other players. Gareth Bale is now also a very important for them. They both score lots of goals. The potential and quality is high. Would it help us get through? Yes but we always need to look to ourselves.”
Group leaders Real have already beaten Basel 5-1, with Ronaldo and Bale both on the scoresheet, and Sousa believes that he could make his Anfield debut in a dead rubber in the final round of group games.
The former Portugal star said: “I am looking forward to it. I hear there is quite an atmosphere there. Liverpool have a number of players who are competitive and are able to play three up front. But we are focusing on ourselves.
“We always try to express ourselves on the pitch and at the same time win. That is what we managed to do against a historical team like Liverpool with great players. I am happy with what we have done and hope we can keep up this level of play. We always want to be competitive.”
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