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Spurs great Hoddle talks Barcelona bloodbath & Falco 'being robbed' at Real Madrid

Tottenham great Glenn Hoddle admits he's a fan of the LaLiga after Saturday's El Clasico won by Real Madrid.

Real Madrid's 2-1 win against Barcelona at the Estadio Alfredo di Stefano saw them move to the top of the LaLiga table - although only for 24 hours after Atletico Madrid returned to the summit thanks to Sunday's 1-1 draw with Real Betis.

Hoddle, when considering Liverpool's Champions League quarterfinal return-leg against Real Madrid at Anfield this week, recalled facing both Barcelona and Real Madrid during his playing days with Spurs in crucial European ties.

Reflecting on Saturday's El Clasico, Hoddle said on his podcast ' The Glenn Hoddle Footy Show': "Barca aren't the team they were and the rebuild is going to go on, especially if (Lionel) Messi leaves. But Real Madrid are not the Real Madrid of yesteryear, to be quite honest."

But Hoddle admits the lack of fans at Anfield will be a huge factor as Liverpool seek to overturn the 3-1 deficit they suffered in Madrid last week.

"That's the big miss, isn't it? The number of times they've gone back to Anfield and it really is the 12th man. That's not going to be there for them.

"I just see Madrid getting an away goal, which is going to make it really difficult for Liverpool."

Hoddle also spoke of his experiences against Barca and Real Madrid as a Spurs player. The former midfield ace was part of the Spurs team which was stopped at the semi-finals by Barca in the 1981/82 European Cup Winners' Cup. The first-leg in London was dubbed by the press a 'Bloodbath', as Barca had one man sent off in the 1-1 draw. The Catalans would win the second-leg 1-0 in Spain.

Hoddle recalled: "It was strange. You think of Barcelona and you think of good, silky football. But they had six of their players out and all I can say is they put in hatchet men.

"If we had had a strong referee that evening we would've gone through in that double tie. We played really well and they actually kicked lumps out of us. At the end of the day, we finished 1-1 at home, but with a stronger referee they would've had two maybe three sent off back then - let alone now.

"We were a little unlucky, I think it was (Allan) Simonsen who got the goal in the Camp Nou."

Hoddle also recalled facing Real Madrid in the 1984/85 UEFA Cup quarterfinals and insists they didn't deserve to lose. Spurs lost the first-leg at home via a Steve Perryman own goal. Perryman would be sent off in the second-leg, which finished 0-0.

Hoddle continued: "That Real Madrid game was so frustrating. We lost at home, we went away, we played really well. We controlled the game in many ways in Madrid. Mark Falco scored a goal which we all to this day scratch our heads why it was disallowed. It was at a vital time in the game.

"But great experiences and fantastic stadiums and clubs to play against."

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