Carra explains why Man City vs Chelsea is the ‘nightmare’ final

Date published: Thursday 6th May 2021 8:19 - Joe Williams

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Jamie Carragher thinks a Champions League final between Manchester City and Chelsea is a “nightmare” as Barcelona and Real Madrid “can’t cope with the Premier League”.

Timo Werner and Mason Mount struck to sink Real Madrid 2-0 at Stamford Bridge in Wednesday’s Champions League semi-final second leg, for a 3-1 aggregate victory.

The Blues stormed into their first Champions League final since 2012 with a potent showing in west London, where sharper finishing would have entirely floored the 13-time tournament winners Madrid.

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They will meet fellow Premier League side Manchester City after Pep Guardiola’s side swept past Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday evening.

And Carragher thinks the dominance of English football could see the European Super League discussed again before too long.

Carragher told CBS Sports: “It’s an absolute nightmare, really! Listen, I’m delighted in a way because it shows where English football is right now. After tomorrow [the Europa League semi-finals] we could have four English teams in the European finals.

“We go back to a big story in the last couple of weeks with the European Super League, I think it tells you why [Florentino] Perez and [Joan] Laporta at the two Spanish giants [Real Madrid and Barcelona] are desperate for a Super League because at this moment in time they can’t cope with the Premier League.

“It’s not just the quality of football, it’s the finances of the teams and the great managers. You look at Thomas Tuchel, Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp… at the moment the Premier League is the place to be and it’s a sorry tale for the rest of Europe because they seem a fair bit away.

“Chelsea didn’t just beat Real Madrid, they battered them over two games, it should have been four of five really.”

The hosts could easily have put a hatful of goals past Zinedine Zidane’s oddly limited Madrid, and Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel conceded there were some nervy moments amid another fine performance.

Tuchel said: “Don’t get me wrong with any chance you don’t take and you miss, and you know you play on the edge because Real Madrid can hurt you out of absolutely nothing, by pure individual quality.

“So to hang in there and to continue with positive body language, and to hang in there physically, to stay aggressive, to stay active, to never stop trying to play for the second goal, never allowing Real Madrid to push us deep, this is really huge.

“I’m absolutely delighted with this spirit, and big credit and big congratulations to the team.”


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