Jamie Carragher’s ‘absolute nightmare’ as Chelsea book Champions League final place


Jamie Carragher has joked that the Champions League Final is an “absolute nightmare” but is delighted to see English football dominate the European stage.

Chelsea booked their plane ticket for Istanbul with a 3-1 aggregate win over Real Madrid on Wednesday night to set up an all-English showdown after Manchester City dispatched PSG.

And it could be a similar outcome in the Europa League too as Manchester United and Arsenal look to see off Roma and Villarreal on Thursday night.

Carragher never hides his Liverpool allegiances and the pundit light-heartedly said the Champions League line-up was his worst nightmare.

But on a more serious note, he was over the moon with how England’s side have fared in Europe so far and thinks it speaks volumes as to why Real Madrid and Barcelona were so keen on forming a European Super League.



Chelsea players celebrate with Timo Werner after his opening goal vs Real Madrid
Chelsea players celebrate with Timo Werner after his opening goal vs Real Madrid

Speaking to CBS Sports, he said: “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.”

Timo Werner and Mason Mount gave Chelsea a well-deserved 2-0 victory at Stamford Bridge to send Zinedine Zidane’s men out of the competition.

And Thomas Tuchel was full of praise for his side as they barely gave Madrid a sniff and punished them on the counter-attack, executing their game plan to perfection.

He said: “We deserved to win.

“First off it’s difficult because Real had a lot of possession and they made us suffer.

“But then we were dangerous with counter-attacks and never lost the hunger, never lost their desire to defend.

“Second half was even better, the structure to defend and in the second half, we could’ve scored much earlier. It’s a fantastic achievement and big congratulations to the team.”

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