Real Madrid have ‘no right’ to be in Champions League final, says Peter Schmeichel
Dumbfounded, Peter Schmeichel claims Real Madrid ‘have NO right’ to be in the Champions League final because they were the ‘poorest team by a mile’ in the semi-final against Manchester City…and admits ‘they don’t understands nothing about more football’
Peter Schmeichel was surprised by Real Madrid’s late comeback in the Champions League after Manchester City controlled most of the game.
City entered the match with a 4-3 aggregate lead and looked comfortable for the first 89 minutes, but two late goals from Real Madrid’s Rodrygo took the game into extra time and a Karim Benzema penalty sealed the tie’s fate.
Real Madrid manager Ancelotti will now achieve a record fifth Champions League final when his side take on Liverpool in a repeat of the 2018 final.
Manchester City’s defeat means coach Pep Guardiola has gone six seasons without a European trophy.
Peter Schmeichel felt that Real Madrid were outclassed and did not deserve a place in the final
Karim Benzema (centre) scored the decisive penalty kick in extra time to see off Manchester City
Real Madrid has no right to be in that final. They were the poorest team by a mile in both games,” Schmeichel said. CBS Sport.
‘The first chance was the first goal in the 90th minute, the second goal was the second chance and the third goal was the third time they hit the target.
“Man City was in total control, but it is at that moment that we talk about it. We talked about how that ballpark could be the 12th man.
The goalkeeping legend is no stranger to Champions League comebacks: he played in the 1999 final when Manchester United scored twice in stoppage time to beat Bayern Munich 2-1.
He added: “When they started the second half, that chance after just eight seconds was like they set the whole place on fire and it was just amazing.”
“I thought that Real Madrid would reach the final because of the situation in England, but they were very poor. Only the game in Chelsea was good. I don’t understand anything about football anymore.
Pep Guardiola has failed to win a Champions League in his six seasons at Manchester City
‘You should never doubt the players on this team. We have always said it, experience counts a lot in this competition, but they showed heart, desire. These players, they’ve been there, they’ve seen this.
“The fact that they have so many players on this team who have won multiple Champions Leagues, at no point in this tournament did you see them panic. No matter where they are, what players they have, these guys trust each other, trust the coach and this crowd, they’ve been crazy.
Schmeichel played one season for City at the end of his playing career, and his son Kasper, now from Leicester, began his career at the club.
Real Madrid will face Liverpool in the Champions League final in Paris on May 28
The 58-year-old continued: “I feel a bit sorry for Manchester City, I have to say it because I thought apart from that goal in the 90th minute they played very well, they had everything under control.”
“Rodri in midfield was amazing tonight and I’m not going to criticize anything, but if you lose a player like Kevin De Bruyne and the game goes the way it does, then you miss him in the last 30 minutes and he was sorely omitted. .
But I mean my God! Real Madrid, where does that come from? I don’t have the slightest idea. They didn’t play well. Predicting this Champions League has been very, very difficult. I had Bayern Munich win and they went out in the quarter-finals.
Real will face Liverpool in the Champions League final at the Stade de France in Paris on May 28.