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Cannavaro urges patience at Anfield

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Real Madrid defender Fabio Cannavaro is preaching patience ahead of Tuesday`s Champions League showdown against Liverpool as the Spanish giants attempt to overturn a 1-0 first leg deficit.

Trailing to Yossi Benayoun`s late goal at the Bernabeu, Madrid know they have to score at least once at Anfield if they are to avoid tumbling out of the competition at the last 16 stage for the fifth successive year.

Cannavaro said: "We must be extremely patient at Anfield, because a goal could arrive soon or arrive in the last minute."

He continued: "We have to have a lot of patience, make no mistakes at the back and the goal will surely come.

"If we score we would force Liverpool to come out and play. If they want to win the game they are going to have to play and this is the moment where we could take advantage".

Madrid defender Pepe doubts whether Rafael Benitez`s side will be as defensive in the second leg as they were in Spain, but Cannavaro is not in agreement with his centre-back partner on that issue.

When asked if he thought Liverpool would employ similar tactics to the first meeting, the Italian World Cup winner said in AS: "I`m sure that`s how it will be. The best result for them was 1-0 at the Bernabeu because now we have to have a great game, and score a goal.

"As I said, for me it`s important to go there and have a lot of patience. We shouldn`t look at the scoreline.

"We must start the game knowing we could score a goal in the first minute or the last. It`s the same to us. The important thing is to score."

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