Liverpool, Man City, Real Madrid: Carragher, Henry & Richards predict Champions League winner

We’re at the quarter-final stage of the Champions League and all eight clubs will be dreaming of winning the biggest prize in club football.

Okay, both Benfica and Villarreal will be delighted to just have reached this stage and the chances of them being in Paris come May 28 appear unlikely.

But who will win the Champions League this season? Will Manchester City finally do it? Will Chelsea retain their title? Will Bayern Munich do it for the second time in three seasons? Will Real Madrid lift the trophy for a record 14th time? Will Liverpool make it seven European triumphs?

Well, that question was asked on CBS Sports ahead of the first of the quarter-finals.

Among those predicting the rest of the Champions League knockouts were Thierry Henry, Jamie Carragher, Micah Richards, Guillem Balague and Peter Schmeichel.

They not only had to predict who would win the four quarter-finals but then speculate who would win the respective semis and then, ultimately, the final.

Let’s take a look at who they went for:

Thierry Henry’s predictions

Quarter-finals
Chelsea vs Real Madrid – REAL MADRID
Manchester City vs Atletico Madrid – MANCHESTER CITY
Bayern Munich vs Villarreal – BAYERN MUNICH
Benfica vs Liverpool – LIVERPOOL

Semi-finals
Real Madrid vs Manchester City – MANCHESTER CITY
Bayern Munich vs Liverpool – LIVERPOOL

Final
Manchester City vs Liverpool – MANCHESTER CITY

Henry certainly won’t be alone in predicting a Man City vs Liverpool final. In possibly the most difficult quarter-final to predict, Henry has opted for Real Madrid over Chelsea. In Paris, Henry is backing City to beat Liverpool.

Jamie Carragher’s predictions

Quarter-finals
Chelsea vs Real Madrid – CHELSEA
Manchester City vs Atletico Madrid – MANCHESTER CITY
Bayern Munich vs Villarreal – BAYERN MUNICH
Benfica vs Liverpool – LIVERPOOL

Semi-finals
Chelsea vs Manchester City – MANCHESTER CITY
Bayern Munich vs Liverpool – LIVERPOOL

Final
Manchester City vs Liverpool – LIVERPOOL

Unsurprisingly, Carragher thinks Liverpool will win the Champions League – claiming they will triumph over Manchester City “on penalties” in the final. He also thinks Chelsea will get the better of Real Madrid.

Micah Ricards’ predictions

Quarter-finals
Chelsea vs Real Madrid – CHELSEA
Manchester City vs Atletico Madrid – MANCHESTER CITY
Bayern Munich vs Villarreal – BAYERN MUNICH
Benfica vs Liverpool – LIVERPOOL

Semi-finals
Chelsea vs Manchester City – MANCHESTER CITY
Bayern Munich vs Liverpool – LIVERPOOL

Final
Manchester City vs Liverpool – MANCHESTER CITY

Richards’ predictions are exactly the same as Carragher’s but for one thing – Manchester City triumph in the final over Liverpool. Who saw that coming?

Guillem Balague’s predictions

Quarter-finals
Chelsea vs Real Madrid – REAL MADRID
Manchester City vs Atletico Madrid – MANCHESTER CITY
Bayern Munich vs Villarreal – BAYERN MUNICH
Benfica vs Liverpool – LIVERPOOL

Semi-finals
Real Madrid vs Manchester City – MANCHESTER CITY
Bayern Munich vs Liverpool – LIVERPOOL

Final
Manchester City vs Liverpool – MANCHESTER CITY

Would a Spanish football expert predict anything other than a Man City vs Liverpool final? Errrr no. Balague is also of the opinion that the two Premier League giants will clash in Paris. Balague did think Real Madrid would beat Chelsea, though.

Peter Schmeichel’s predictions

Quarter-finals
Chelsea vs Real Madrid – REAL MADRID
Manchester City vs Atletico Madrid – MANCHESTER CITY
Bayern Munich vs Villarreal – BAYERN MUNICH
Benfica vs Liverpool – LIVERPOOL

Semi-finals
Real Madrid vs Manchester City – REAL MADRID
Bayern Munich vs Liverpool – BAYERN MUNICH

Final
Real Madrid vs Bayern Munich – BAYERN MUNICH

10/10 for originality from Schmeichel as he predicts a Bayern Munich vs Real Madrid final, with the German side going on to win it.

Why not City and Liverpool? Well, the former Man Utd goalkeeper feels they may be distracted by their Premier League title race.

“Too much is going on between Liverpool and Man City. Too much pressure. Real Madrid and Bayern are so far ahead in their leagues, they can rest players, they can prepare for this. Man City and Liverpool can’t,” Schmeichel explained.

Jules Breach’s predictions

Quarter-finals
Chelsea vs Real Madrid – CHELSEA
Manchester City vs Atletico Madrid – MANCHESTER CITY
Bayern Munich vs Villarreal – BAYERN MUNICH
Benfica vs Liverpool – LIVERPOOL

Semi-finals
Chelsea vs Manchester City – MANCHESTER CITY
Bayern Munich vs Liverpool – LIVERPOOL

Final
Manchester City vs Liverpool – LIVERPOOL

Breach is going with the same predictions as Carragher with Liverpool beating Man City in the final.

Kate Abdo predictions

Quarter-finals
Chelsea vs Real Madrid – CHELSEA
Manchester City vs Atletico Madrid – MANCHESTER CITY
Bayern Munich vs Villarreal – BAYERN MUNICH
Benfica vs Liverpool – LIVERPOOL

Semi-finals
Chelsea vs Manchester City – MANCHESTER CITY
Bayern Munich vs Liverpool – LIVERPOOL

Final
Manchester City vs Liverpool – MANCHESTER CITY

Again, Abdo is predicting the three English sides to progress to the semi-finals but Man City getting the better of Liverpool in the final.

Lianne Sanderson’s predictions

Quarter-finals
Chelsea vs Real Madrid – REAL MADRID
Manchester City vs Atletico Madrid – MANCHESTER CITY
Bayern Munich vs Villarreal – BAYERN MUNICH
Benfica vs Liverpool – LIVERPOOL

Semi-finals
Real Madrid vs Manchester City – MANCHESTER CITY
Bayern Munich vs Liverpool – LIVERPOOL

Final
Manchester City vs Liverpool – MANCHESTER CITY

Sanderson is also backing City to beat Liverpool in the final. In the quarters, she’s backing Real Madrid to progress at Chelsea’s expense.

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