At least one English team in CL final, but Souness ‘suspicious’ of Liverpool test

Date published: Monday 5th April 2021 9:26 - Jonny Whitfield

Graeme Souness has predicted at least one English team to make the Champions League final, with Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City all fighting for glory.

Liverpool and City kick off their quarter-final ties on Tuesday. The Reds face Real Madrid, while City meet Erling Haaland’s Borussia Dortmund. Chelsea, meanwhile, play their first leg against Porto on Wednesday. Many pundits believe the Blues got the best draw, but manager Thomas Tuchel does not think so.

UEFA conducted the semi-final draw shortly after pairing the remaining eight teams.

Therefore, Chelsea and Liverpool will meet if they can progress. City, meanwhile, will play Bayern Munich or Paris Saint-Germain if they beat Dortmund.

As such, Souness has predicted at least one Premier League side to contest the final.

“As it stands, I see all three English clubs in the semi-finals, which would mean at least one finalist,’ Souness told The Times.

“If Erling Haaland has a good night, Borussia Dortmund could turf anyone out of this season’s Champions League.

“Otherwise, you would take City all day long to progress to the semi-finals at their expense.”

Liverpool look to have found form again following the return of Fabinho to midfield. What’s more, defensive stability with Ozan Kabak and Nathaniel Phillips has helped, even though they are not Jurgen Klopp’s first-choice pairing.

However, Souness admitted that he is wary of the test Madrid will pose. Los Blancos have had an indifferent season, but can still win La Liga.

Souness wary of Liverpool, Madrid tie

Mohamed Salah, Diogo Jota Liverpool March 2021

“We all know Liverpool have been disappointing this season, but they can get themselves up for a game like this week’s against Real Madrid and even allowing for injuries, like Virgil van Dijk’s, they still have the edge,” the pundit added, before Madrid’s win over Eibar which put them second on Saturday.

“There are a lot of tired legs in Real’s team now. They’re sitting third in Spain and I’m suspicious of how good La Liga is this season.”

On Chelsea, Souness added: “We’ve seen a disappointing Atletico Madrid that Chelsea rolled over quite easily and Barcelona were well beaten by PSG, so I fancy my old team there.

“Chelsea have had their tails up since Thomas Tuchel took charge and I expect them to continue that against Porto.

“They’re defending well and dominating possession; my only doubt is that they’re still missing a 25-goals-a-season striker, which is why they will be another club seriously interested in Haaland.

“Timo Werner’s getting lots of gilt-edged chances, but has not turned the corner to being someone who puts them away and at the highest level you have to do that.”

As for PSG’s clash with Bayern Munich, Souness admitted that he feels unsure how Robert Lewandowski’s knee injury will affect what is already the “toughest” tie to call.

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