Peter Schmeichel ‘feels sorry’ for Man City and slams Real Madrid despite Champions League win
Former Manchester United and City goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel has slammed Real Madrid for the manner of their victory on Wednesday night in the Champions League.
Man City travelled to the Bernabeu in control of the tie, after a 4-3 win at the Etihad, and went 5-3 in front through Riyad Mahrez with less than 20 minutes to go. But as the game edged towards the 90th minute, momentum completely swung against the Blues.
Substitute Rodrygo equalised in the last minute of normal time before adding his second moments later, to send the game to extra time. Real’s comeback was complete five minutes into the first period of extra time when Ruben Dias conceded a penalty for a foul on Karim Benzema.
Benzema slotted home the resulting spot kick to book Los Blancos’ place in the Paris final. And after match Schmeichel could not hide his frustration at the result.
He told CBS Sports : “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. 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.
“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 he was sorely missed.
“But I mean my God. Real Madrid, where does that come from? I have absolutely 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.”
Despite making his name at Manchester United and being part of the 1999 side which stunned Bayern in an equally memorable comeback in the Champions League final, Schmeichel did end his career playing for rivals City.