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Jamie Carragher predicts Champions League winner after Liverpool and Man City victories

Jamie Carragher does not expect a Premier League final

Jamie Carragher does not expect a Premier League final (Photo: CBS Sports)

Jamie Carragher thinks Real Madrid are able to prevent a third all-English Champions League final in four seasons and disrupt Manchester City.

Pep Guardiola’s side travel to the Bernabeu next week with a small one-goal advantage after a chaotic 4-3 semi-final victory in the first match at the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday night.

The Spanish giants have already shown their survival instincts in the competition this season, knocking out both Paris Saint-Germain and Chelsea as they were in dangerous positions at various stages of both ties.

Sadio Mane scored Liverpool's second goal in their 2-0 win over Villarreal

Sadio Mane scored Liverpool’s second goal in their 2-0 win over Villarreal (Photo: Getty)

Carragher’s old team, Liverpool, meanwhile, already have a foot in the final after last night’s ultimate comfortable 2-0 win over an obdurate Villarreal team that unsuccessfully tried to frustrate their opponents at Anfield.

And although the former England international believes City have still taken over in the titanic battle to win the Premier League, identifying Liverpool’s match in shapely Newcastle on Saturday as potentially crucial, he is confident Jurgen Klopp’s relentless winning machine will end. with being crowned kings of Europe again.

He told CBS Sports: ‘I think Liverpool will win the Champions League. The league I’m not so sure Manchester City has the small advantage that if they win all their matches, they have won the league.

Manchester City’s draw against Real Madrid is in balance after Karim Benzema’s Panenka penalty against Man City lifted them back in the match (Image: Getty)

‘This weekend is absolutely crucial in relation to the Premier League. It is a difficult task for Liverpool, the turnaround hours the manager has mentioned.

“If Liverpool can get through this weekend and still be in the same position they are in with Manchester City, I still think they have a great chance with the league, but it’s up to Manchester City.”

“But the Champions League, it feels like it’s Liverpool’s competition and they have a foot in the final and I don’t think anyone else can say that.”

‘I think Madrid will go through. When you miss so many chances in the first leg, you have a huge problem. It’s a great standout game. ‘

While Liverpool appear to have almost secured a place in next month’s showpiece in Paris, Klopp had a warning to anyone who wrote off a Villarreal team that has already caused shock against Juventus and Bayern Munich this season.

He said: ‘It’s a dangerous scoring. How much work is left? The full work. Nothing has happened yet, that’s how it is. It is 2-0 at the break, and you have to be completely on guard and 100% in the right mood.

– We have to play the second half as the first half, as if there is nothing to defend – if you do, you will immediately get all the benefits you could have had before.

‘We know we are going there and it will be a difficult atmosphere for us. It will be different than tonight. It’s always the same. If they beat us with a result that leads them to the final, then they deserve it. If not, then we deserve it. Such is the competition.

‘We played a really good match and now in six days we’re playing again and we have to make sure we’m ready.

– It is in Villarreal, a different atmosphere, and we also have to deal with the 2-0 lead. The best way is to just ignore it and you go 0-0 and try to win the match there. ‘

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