Real Madrid’s amazing comeback against Manchester City to reach the Champions League final astonished former Barcelona great Lionel Messi.
Real Madrid’s amazing comeback against Manchester City in their exciting Champions League semi-final second leg left Lionel Messi speechless.
The PSG superstar, who spent 21 years of his incredible career at Real’s bitter rivals Barcelona, was watching from home as Los Blancos scored two goals in the final six minutes of injury time.
After super sub Rodrygo forced extra time, Messi couldn’t believe his eyes when Karim Benzema scored from the penalty spot after a clumsy Ruben Dias foul.
Sergio Aguero, formerly of Atletico Madrid, and Carlos Tevez, formerly of Manchester City, were watching the incredible events unfold on a Twitch livestream together.
Benzema’s extra-time goal made it 6-5 on aggregate, and Aguero revealed what the Barcelona icon texted him in response.
“After Real Madrid’s third goal, Leo sent me a message.” The Argentine, who had to retire earlier this season due to a heart ailment, informed Tevez. “It’s a joke, it’s not conceivable.”
Benzema was not alone in his surprise, as Real knocked off PSG in the round of 16 due to a Benzema hat-trick, with the rest of the world watching in wonder at Los Blancos’ third consecutive comeback in the knockout rounds.
The incredible result qualified them for the final, which will be held at the Stade de France in Paris on Saturday, May 28.
The match losers, on the other hand, were left saddened by the box office-level entertainment.
Pep Guardiola’s team has never won the Champions League, and his six seasons in command have all ended in disappointment in Europe, with City underachieving on multiple occasions.
Guardiola, Messi’s former manager, was noticeably taken aback by the result, having been within minutes of a thrilling final meeting with Premier League rivals Liverpool.
“We were almost there. However, we were unable to attain it in the end.” The player’s manager informed BT Sport.
“It is straightforward. We didn’t have a game in the first half, and we weren’t good enough.
However, we did not suffer greatly. We were much better after scoring the goal.
We settled into our tempo and game, and the players were at ease. It’s not like they’ve been attacking you for the previous 10 minutes.”
“It never happened. With Militao, Rodrygo, Vinicius [Junior], Benzema, and others in the box, they sent in crosses and scored two goals.
We didn’t play our best, but that’s to be expected in a semi-final; the players are under pressure to perform.
Football is a game where anything may happen. It is something we must accept.
Now we must analyze everything and return to our folks at home for the remaining four games.” He added.
Guardiola’s team must now focus solely on the Premier League, where they will face a resurgent Newcastle United on Sunday afternoon.
If Liverpool wins or draws their encounter against Tottenham Hotspur at Anfield on Saturday evening, they will start the contest in second position.