Jamie Carragher has told Peter Schmeichel to “behave” after the former Manchester United goalkeeper predicted that Bayern Munich would beat Liverpool in the semi-finals of the Champions League.
Neither Liverpool or Bayern are through to that stage yet with the Reds winning the first leg of their quarter-final against Benfica 3-1, while Bayern were beaten 1-0 by Villarreal in their first leg.
Many pundits and former players have picked Manchester City and Liverpool – who are the top two teams in the Premier League this season – to face each other in the Champions League final in May.
However, Man Utd legend Schmeichel reckons Real Madrid – who beat Chelsea 3-1 in the first leg of their quarter-final last night – will face Bundesliga champions Bayern.
Speaking before the midweek matches, Schmeichel said on CBS Sports: “Bayern and Liverpool will play (in the semi-finals). I think Bayern will beat them.”
“Oh, behave,” interrupted Carragher. While all the other pundits fell about laughing, Carragher added: “No, no. You need to start behaving. Honest to God. What are you talking about?”
But Schmeichel defended his prediction, he said: “A Bayern v Real Madrid final. I tell you why. Too much is going on between Liverpool and Man City. Too much pressure. Real Madrid and Bayern are so far ahead in their leagues. They can rest players and prepare for this. Man City and Liverpool can’t.”
A lot of the other CBS Sports pundits predicted Manchester City to eventually win the Champions League this season and Carragher was baffled.
The Liverpool legend continued: “I can’t believe you guys have gone for Man City. A club that has never won this trophy. A club that has never done anything in this competition.”
Champions League Madness.
— CBS Sports Golazo (@CBSSportsGolazo) April 5, 2022
Meanwhile, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp insists that the Reds’ crunch clash against Premier League leaders Man City on Sunday is not a title decider.
“If we win against City, which is already difficult enough, I think no one would think, ‘that’s it, decided’, because of the quality of the opponent,” said Klopp.
“We play now against the best team in the world but we will give it a try anyway.
“Everyone knows about the importance of the next game, but after this game there will be other game in another competition but also in the Premier League as well.
“If you cannot be first you want to be second, if you are behind then you want to come closer, if you are close you want to overtake.
“That’s the situation and we will give it a proper try.”
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