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Real Madrid were ‘LUCKY’ to win the Champions League, claims Man City chief Ferran Soriano

Real Madrid were ‘LUCK’ winning the Champions League and deserved to lose to PSG, Chelsea, Liverpool and us,” says Man City chief Ferran Soriano – claiming his club is “NOT obsessed” with winning. the trophy

  • Real Madrid’s Champions League victory was ‘lucky’, says Man City CEO
  • Ferran Soriano said they should have lost to PSG, Chelsea, Liverpool and City
  • City dreams of winning the trophy, but Soriano insists they’re ‘not obsessed’

Real Madrid were ‘a bit lucky’ to win the Champions League last season, claims Manchester City CEO Ferran Soriano, who believes Carlo Ancelotti’s men ‘deserved to lose to PSG, Chelsea, Liverpool and us’.

Los Blancos took their 14th title after knocking out Liverpool 1-0 at the Stade de France in May thanks to Vinicius Jr’s strike in the second half, and enjoyed a rollercoaster ride through the tournament after suffering some close knockout ties. and three comeback wins in the last 16 and semi-finals.

Karim Benzema’s incredible goalscoring form – with 15 goals to his name – put Madrid on their way to the trophy and saved them from some exciting games, and Soriano says they are lucky to have won them.

Real Madrid were 'lucky' to win the Champions League last season, Man City CEO claimed

Real Madrid were ‘lucky’ to win the Champions League last season, Man City CEO claimed

Ferran Soriano says they 'deserved to lose' against PSG, Chelsea, Liverpool and themselves

Ferran Soriano says they ‘deserved to lose’ against PSG, Chelsea, Liverpool and themselves

Soriano’s City side were themselves beaten 6-5 by Madrid in the semi-final – with the LaLiga side scoring twice on death before winning in extra time via a Benzema penalty.

City have long been eager to hold onto the elusive silverware – they lost to Chelsea in the 2021 final – but don’t ‘obsess’ over winning it, he says.

“The Champions League is a trophy we want, but we know it depends on a bit of luck and we’re not obsessed,” Soriano said on the Dr. Football podcast, as reported by the mirror

“People are talking today about the success Madrid has had in recent years, and I think it’s fair to say they’ve been a bit lucky. Maybe I could say they deserved to lose against PSG, against Chelsea, against us or against Liverpool.”

A Karim Benzema inspired Madrid crushed City's hearts in the semi-finals as they made a stunning comeback to reach the final

A Karim Benzema inspired Madrid crushed City’s hearts in the semi-finals as they made a stunning comeback to reach the final

He added that Madrid had much better teams in recent decades without winning the trophy, suggesting that even the best teams in the world could miss out on Europe’s top prize.

‘People don’t remember that in the 80s and 90s’ [Real] had a fantastic team, one of the best in history, with [Emilio] Butragueno and La Quinta, and they couldn’t win it,” Soriano added.

“Milan took them out every year. So they’ve had some luck now, but they’ve also been very unlucky for years.’

Madrid were almost dumped out of the competition in the first knockout round last season. A goal from Kylian Mbappé secured a 1-0 first leg victory for Mauricio Pochettino’s men, and the Frenchman made it 2-0 on aggregate in the second leg before Karim Benzema’s 17-minute hat-trick left the Parisiens stunned.

The next round saw them face off against Premier League outfit Chelsea, whom they defeated 3-1 at Stamford Bridge, but a nervous second leg saw Chelsea race to a 3-0 lead to put one foot into the semi-finals , for Rodryo and Benzema—once again—to seal a 5-4 aggregate win.

Manchester City were next to try to thwart Madrid – and got off to a good start by beating them in a 4-3 thriller in the first leg at the Etihad.

In the second leg, they appeared certain of the final against Liverpool as Riyad Mahrez struck 15 minutes from time before Rodrygo scored twice and Benzema rolled in a spot in extra time.



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