Before kickoff, Boluda claimed Real would win the first-leg 3-0 and the return at Anfield 1-2 - and Benitez scoffed afterwards: “(Fernando) Torres was injured in the first minute and without (Steven) Gerrard we had a lot of things to think about. But we overcame those problems and this was an important win.
“Real said they would win easily. But it is better to talk on the pitch. Tactically, we did our job perfectly.”