Peter Schmeichel says Real Madrid have “no right” to be in the Champions League final after being “the poorest team by a mile over the two games” against Manchester City.
The Citizens seemed to be cruising into the final after Riyad Mahrez’s strike had given them a two-goal lead in their semi against Los Blancos but Real Madrid – who hadn’t had a shot on target all game – found two goals in added time through Rodrygo.
Karim Benzema then settled the tie in extra time by converting a penalty after being fouled in the box by Man City defender Ruben Dias.
It was heartbreak for Man City – who lost in the final against Chelsea last season – and former Man Utd goalkeeper Schmeichel admits he felt “a little bit sorry” for Pep Guardiola’s side.
“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,” Schmeichel told CBS Sports.
“Real Madrid have got no right to be in that final. They were the poorest team by a mile over the two games. Man City were in full control but it’s that one moment we talked about that. We talked about how that stadium in there could be the 12th man.
“When they started that second half, that chance after just eight seconds it was like they set the whole place on fire and it was just unbelievable.
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“I feel a little bit sorry for Manchester City, I have to say that because I thought apart from that goal in the 90th minute they played really well, they had everything under control.
“Rodri in midfield was awesome tonight and I’m not going to criticise anything, but if you lose a player like Kevin De Bruyne and the game turns out in the way it does then you miss him in that last 30 minutes and was sorely missed.
“But I mean my God! Real Madrid where does that come from I have absolute no idea. They didn’t play well.
“Predicting this Champions League has been very, very difficult. I had Bayern Munich winning it and they got knocked out in the quarter finals.
“I did think Real Madrid would go into the final because of the situation in England but they were so poor. Only the game at Chelsea was good. I don’t understand anything about football any more.”
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