Liverpool saw their Premier League title chances improve tonight as Manchester City suffered a nightmare against Real Madrid. Pep Guardiola won’t be happy.
Liverpool’s attention returns to the Premier League this weekend after their win against Villarreal on Tuesday night. Next up are Tottenham Hotspur – a massive game in the title race that feels like the biggest remaining test.
Of course, the title isn’t actually in the Reds’ hands. They can win all of their games but if Manchester City match that, Pep Guardiola’s men will be champions. And that’s obviously a problem for Jurgen Klopp and co.
However, tonight saw City endure an absolute nightmare scenario that feels like a true boost to Liverpool’s title chances. The weekend just became very interesting indeed.
Liverpool see Premier League title chances improve
City had the tie wrapped up against Real Madrid as they carried a 5-3 aggregate lead into the 89th minute. That surely was that.
Anyone who turned the game off or maybe even went to make something to eat because they really didn’t want to watch City celebrate and the game was done anyway was in for a shock, however. Rodrygo Goes struck twice in two minutes to fire Real level at the Santiago Bernabeu.
The game then went to extra-time – the absolute last thing Guardiola and his side needed. They’ve got Newcastle United in the Premier League this weekend, after all – one of the most in-form sides in the country. They’ll now go into that fixture on the back of an intense, exhausting 120 minutes.
Not only that but it was a game City eventually lost. A Karim Benzema penalty settled things as Real progressed after staring defeat in the face.
That might prove decisive. As Liverpool saw last week, Newcastle are not an easy team to deal with at the best of times. Doing so when you’re also not at your best can be a real problem.
Given the Magpie’s form under Eddie Howe, this is arguably the toughest remaining fixture for City anyway. Perhaps West Ham United away tops it – but it’s close. Throw in their inevitable exhaustion and suddenly dropping points on Sunday seems like a genuine possibility.
Liverpool can capitalise – if they beat Spurs on Saturday.