Journalist Dan McDonnell joined Joe Molloy The football show to talk about the Champions League final.
Real Madrid’s road to the Champions League crown has historically been good.
They beat the top two teams in England and the best team in France. A team with Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappe and Neymar. On paper, there should be no doubt that this Real Madrid team is the best in Europe and one of the best teams in the history of the sport.
Unfortunately, the specifics of the squad, the ages of the star players and the way Madrid have won their games suggest they are closer to the 2005 Champions League-winning Liverpool team. A team that will be remembered as special, but also as cynically happy.
Joe Molloy asked Dan McDonnell who the best team in Europe is on Tuesday night.
“If you get that point then Man City should have won it,” said McDonnell.
“At the end of the Champions League final you wonder who is the best team in Europe, I really think it’s probably Man City. They probably did a job in Madrid, they should have done a whole job and they won the league but they weren’t in it [the Champions League final] So.
“Man City were probably just as paralyzed as Liverpool in the half-hour overtime.”
With Manchester City adding Erling Haaland ahead of next season, they are the heavy favorites for any competition they enter. Liverpool are expected to lose Sadio Mane but will retain the majority of their stars to compete again. Real Madrid are also adding new names, with Antonio Rudiger already confirmed.
But ultimately, those moves will impact next season. In the 2022 season, Real Madrid won the games and performed when it was needed.
It is not a cloak that should be taken from them.
“Madrid in the end they probably deserved it. In the business end of the game they kind of came to the fore. But it’s one that’s come off Liverpool for sure. It’s going to haunt them for a while. They didn’t oppose lost a team that will be remembered as one of the greats.
“But they are big winners.”
I couldn’t believe the patience of the Liverpool fans – Henry Winter
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