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Champions League: “There is no IF with Real Madrid” — Thierry Henry



UCL: "There is no IF with Real Madrid" -- Thierry Henry

They are inevitable — Thierry Henry

There are some things that cannot be explained or argued with in life — death, tax and Real Madrid continually dominating the Champions League come what may as soon as they get themselves into the spot of a semi-final.

According to their recent history, the Los Blancos have not lost the UEFA Champions League whenever they have found themselves within the space of the semi-final or final in the least. In fact, the last time the Spanish giants ever lost a final of Europe’s grand tournament was in the 80s to Liverpool.

To put plainly, the Champions League is a birthright for Real Madrid. However, this is still debated on by clubs, specifically by fans of the Los Blancos’ opponents who continually put up ‘Ifs’ to discredit the La Liga club’s prowess in the competition.

What if Chelsea had held on longer in the 2021/22 campaign? Or what if Paris Saint-Germain or Manchester City finished up their chances? What if Liverpool had been more clinical in the 2021/22 final or had Trent Alexander-Arnold not left Federico Valverde unmarked to pull off the cross that was finished by Vinicius Jr.?

For former Arsenal player, these are the Ifs he does not want to hear especially when it comes to Real Madrid.

“When people talk about Real Madrid, they use a lot of ‘IF’. How Leipzig didn’t score more, how they had little off the ball vs City,” Henry remarked.

“It doesn’t matter. You think you have them, you don’t. That’s why they have 14 Champions League.”

Carlo Ancelotti’s Real Madrid recently battled Bayern Munich to a 2-2 draw in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final clash at the Allianz Arena. While Bayern Munich showcased dominance throughout the match and created better scoring opportunities, they failed to convert them into goals.

The Spanish giants, with an illustrious history in the competition, have clinched a record-breaking 14 Champions League trophies over the years.