Liverpool legend Phil Thompson believes that Real Madrid are a lot like Manchester City and is hopeful that their inability to “park the bus” will be a big help for his former club in the Champions League final
While Los Blancos are currently chasing their third successive title in the competition, the road to the final in Kiev has been one of ups and downs for Real.
Zinedine Zidane’s side impressed in the return leg of their Round of 16 tie against Paris Saint-Germain, but since then they were very nearly knocked out by both Juventus and Bayern Munich in both the quarter-final and semi-final stages of the Champions League – despite having had the aggregate advantage from both first legs.
However, despite their struggles, Thompson pointed out to Spanish football expert Guillem Balagué that they still found a way around their opponents and he believes that is what ultimately makes Real such a fearsome side.
The former defender feels that it is inevitable that Real will be considered the favourites to win the Champions League once more, but believes that the Spanish side’s similar style to City may provide Liverpool will an opportunity to cause an upset at Kiev in 10 days time.
“Well, that’s the great thing. Real Madrid are going to be favourites – a team that has won the Champions League three times out of the last four years. As I say, they just find a way,” said Thompson, as reported on AS.
“Did they deserve to beat Bayern Munich? Probably not, but they found a way.
“Then against Juventus, 3-0 they win away then they play awful at home, get beaten 3-0, and then find a way to get that goal in the last minute. And it was a penalty, I don’t care what anybody says, that was great refereeing.
“But it was really Real Madrid finding a way. And that’s why you have to fear teams like that but we would rather play them.
“Real Madrid is very much like Manchester City, they are very offensive, they can’t park the bus and I think that suits Liverpool. If you have seen Liverpool against Manchester City, we beat City three times this year. The way City play suited Liverpool and I think the way Real Madrid play is very similar.”
Liverpool defeated City in both legs of the quarter-final tie in the Champions League with a 5-1 aggregate win.