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‘El Pipita’ is confident that los Blancos will prevail at Anfield and sail safely into the quarter-finals of the Champions League.

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Real Madrid will attempt to avoid the embarrassment of being eliminated in the first knock-out round of the Champions League for the fifth season in succession when they take on Liverpool at Anfield on Tuesday evening.

Many of the Men In White had predicted that their side would emerge victorious in the first leg clash at the Santiago Bernabeu, however, they were instead stung 1-0 by a late Yossi Benayoun goal. But that has not stopped Gonzalo Higuain from making another bold prediction.

“We will have a lot of fans from Madrid at Anfield and we cannot disappoint them,” he disclosed in an interview with AS. “My father has also come out from Argentina to watch the game and every time he’s present at the stadium, things always turn out well for me.

“I believe that we will win 2-0 and qualify for the quarter-finals. It would be a great thrill to beat a team like Liverpool and hopefully I can end my goal drought [in the Champions League] and score for the team.

“I would love to score at Anfield. But the most important thing is that we win - even if I score and we still lose, it would not do any good.”

Higuain was then asked why he is feeling so confident, despite the team having failed to advance past the round of 16 in each of the last four attempts.

“For many years we did not manage to win [the Primera Division] but now we have won two [titles] in a row,” he smiled. “It’s the same this season.

“A lot of people said it was impossible for us to win the league but now the same people are saying that we are still alive in the title race.

“Things are always changing in football. It is good that we were paired against Liverpool in the last-16 because we are very motivated to beat them. I am sure that we are going to put an end to our bad [Champions League] streak tonight.”

Finally, the 21-year-old revealed what the veterans said to the rest of the squad to motivate the younger, newer players ahead of the clash.

“They said to us that we must be equally excited and focussed for this game because things can change from one match to the other,” he said. “They also said to us that, if we can get past this stage and into the quarter-finals, the other teams will start fearing Real Madrid again.”

KS Leong, Goal.com

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