Legendary Manchester United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel says Real Madrid has no right to be in next month’s Champions League final in Paris.
City came into the game 4-3 up on aggregate and looked comfortable for the opening 89 minutes, but two late goals for substitute Rodrygo took the game to extra-time.
And in the 94th minute of extra-time Karim Benzema scored from the penalty spot to sealed City’s fate.
Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti will now manage a record fifth Champions League final as his side faces Liverpool in a repeat of 2018’s final.
And defeat for City makes it six seasons without a European trophy for manager Pep Guardiola.
And reacting to the dramatic comeback, Schmeichel said CBS Sport:“Real Madrid have got no right to be in that final. They were the poorest team by a mile over the two games.
“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.
“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.”
Schmeichel added: “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 did think Real Madrid would go into the final because of the situation in England but they were so poor. Only the game at Chelsea was good. I don’t understand anything about football any more.
“You should never doubt the players in this team. We have always said, experience counts for so much in this competition, but they showed heart, desire. These players, they have been there, they have seen this.
“The fact that they have so many players in this squad that have won multiple Champions Leagues, at no point in this tournament did you see them panic. No matter where they are, what players that they have got, these boys trust each other, trust the manager, and this crowd, they have been crazy.”