Manchester United legend Peter Schmeichel criticized Real Madrid despite Carlo Ancelotti’s side reaching the Champions League final by notably beating Manchester City 6-5 on aggregate.
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The manchester united the legend was stunned Whites’ epic comeback against manchester city -another of his old clubs- in a dramatic semi-final second leg. 5-3 down on aggregate heading into six minutes of stoppage time, two goals in two minutes substitute Rodrygo saved extra time in an enthusiastic Santiago Bernabéu.
with city dead standingtalisman Karim Benzema scored the winning goal from the penalty spot after committing a clumsy foul Ruben Days to seal the victory. As Real notably booked their ticket to Paris and will face Liverpool at the Stade de France on Saturday 28 May, Schmeichel tried to dismiss his credentials as he had to come from behind at some point in all three of his ties this season.
“The first chance was the first goal in the 90th minute, the second goal was the second chance and the third was the third time they hit the target,” explained the 1999 Champions League winner. CBS Sports After the match. “Real Madrid have no right to be in that final. They were the poorest team by a mile in both games.
“Man City were in total control, but it’s at that point that we talked about it. We talked about how that stadium there could be the 12th man. When they started the second half, that opportunity after just eight seconds was like they had established the all over the place fire and it was just amazing.
“I feel a bit sorry for Manchester City, I have to say it because I think apart from that goal in the 90th minute they played very well, they had everything under control. rodry in midfield he was amazing tonight and I’m not going to criticize anything, but if you lose a player like kevin de bruyne and the game turns out the way it does, so you miss it in the last 30 minutes and you missed it a lot.
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“But I mean, my God! Real Madrid, where does that come from? I have no idea. They didn’t play well. Predicting this Champions League has been very, very difficult. I had Bayern Munich win it and were eliminated in the quarterfinals.
“I thought that Real Madrid would reach the final because of the situation in England, but they were so bad. Only the game in chelsea It was good. I don’t understand anything about football anymore.”
However, there were many more stunned by the return of Ancelotti and company, the former United defender ferdinand river declaring in Sport : “You should never doubt the players of this team. We have always said, experience counts a lot in this competition, but they showed heart, desire. These players, they have been there, they have seen this.
“The fact that they have so many players on this team that have won multiple Champions Leagues, at no point in this tournament did you see them panic. It doesn’t matter where they are, what players they have, these guys trust each other, trust each other. in the coach and in this crowd, they’ve been crazy.”