Real Madrid midfielder Federico Valverde has revealed his side ‘suffered’ more an earlier opponent than they did against Manchester City.
The Spanish giants booked their place in the final of the Champions League last night courtesy of a 3-1 win over Pep Guardiola’s side.
They appeared to be on their way out after Riyad Mahrez fired Manchester City ahead in the 73rd minute, but a stunning double from Rodrygo in the 90th and 91st minute, followed by a Karim Benzema penalty in the 95th minute put Madrid through.
It was another stunning comeback from Carlo Ancelotti’s side, who also had to battle to knock out another Premier League club in the previous round.
Their way to the final has been a battling one, to say the least, but according to Valverde, it was Chelsea who provided the sterner test of the English sides that they’ve faced, not Manchester City.
“Another crazy night,” Defensa Central report him saying to press after last night’s game.
“The spirit and the desire to win, which lasted until the end. When we get a goal (against), it seems like everything is lost, but the fans helped us, we fought, we fought…and when the goals came, you think, ‘we’re going to win’.
“They are very good. PSG, Chelsea, Manchester City… The game I suffered the most was against Chelsea; it was very tough physically. Today it was tough, but we were very good in terms of our mentality.”