The former Barca player, now a respected consultant, has been very hard on Real Madrid.
Gary Lineker, who represented Barcelona among others during his days as a player and now hosts BT Sport’s Champions League cover, has been very critical of Real Madrid following their elimination at the hands of Chelsea on Wednesday evening.
After a 1-1 draw in the Spanish capital, Chelsea beat the 13-time European Cup champions 2-0 to secure their place in the final, which they will play against Manchester City.
“Finally, Chelsea are burying the semi-final,” Lineker tweeted after Mason Mount scored the Blues’ second goal of the night. “They were excellent and were a million kilometers from the worst Real Madrid team I have ever seen.”
Rio Ferdinand, former Mancunian now consultant of BT Sport, also criticized Real Madrid’s performance at Stamford Bridge.
“Yes Real Madrid have good players, but they looked tired tonight,” Ferdinand said. “They looked like an old team tonight and Chelsea looked like a hungry young team.”
“They could have won by about five or six goals tonight. We have already said that they have played fast and in transition and that they have broken away from the midfielder. [N’Golo] Kante did this for the first goal; they did it over and over again after that and they got the job done. “
Former Real Madrid midfielder Steve McManaman, also a BT Sport expert, believes Los Blancos need to make big changes. “They have big problems ahead of them,” McManaman said.
“They are doing well in La Liga, like a lot of teams in Spain financially. They have to change the team. They could not keep all the players: Gareth Bale had to leave, James [Rodriguez] is gone and [Martin] Odegaard left on loan. Luka Jovic too. They weakened the squad that way. They need reinforcements. “