Man City, Inter Milan 90-Minute Away From Champions League Glory

June 10, 2023
13 Views

The city of Istanbul will literally be on standstill as two of Europe’s biggest teams, Manchester City and Inter Milan battle for this year’s UEFA Champions League title at the Ataturk Olympic Stadium tonight.

It is expected to be yet another nail-biting final between two teams who have gone past the best teams from across Europe to reach this stage.

MegaMillionsNaija

The English champions will be high on confidence heading into this final after smashing the most dominant force in Europe. They have already secured the FA Cup and the Premier League and could become the second English team to claim the treble if they manage to win the UCL. And, Guardiola will be determined to get it right this time after having lost a Champions League final with Manchester City against Chelsea.

Meanwhile, Inter Milan have been on a dream run in this season. They were decent in the Serie A as they managed to claim the third spot. But, as far as the UEFA Champions League is concerned, the Nerazzurri have been on fire throughout. Inter finished second in the group stage behind Bayer Munich after winning just three out of the six matches. They might not have topped the group stages but have hardly put a foot wrong post that.

Road To Final

Man City

No doubt, Pep Guardiola’s men have been a dominant force in the Champions League this season and have not lost a single fixture throughout. They were unbeaten in the group stages and ended up right at the top with four wins and two draws. In the Round of 16, City went past RB Leipzig without much trouble, they won the tie 8-1 over the two legs.

Manchester City then crushed German giants Bayern Munich 4-1 in the quarter-finals to square up against defending champions Real Madrid in the semis. Los Blancos secured a hard-fought 1-1 draw in the first leg but they were thrashed 4-0 in the return fixture.

Inter Milan

Simone Inzaghi’s men squared up against FC Porto in the Round of 16; they put forward a solid defensive display to go past the Portuguese side 1-0 over two legs. In the quarters, Inter went past Benfica 5-3 over two legs and set up an all-Milan Champions League semi-final after ages.

San Siro played host to a high-voltage two-legged semi-finals that saw Inter come out on top with a 3-0 scoreline. They did the majority of the work in the first fixture itself and closed it out with a solid defensive performance in the second.

Their defensive display against AC Milan will give them confidence heading into this final. With both Manchester City and Inter Milan ready to give it their all, The Hard Tackle takes a closer look at this fixture and tries to predict the tactics they will use.

Possible Line Up

Man City (3-4-2-1): Ederson; Walker, Dias, Akanji; Stones, Rodri; Silva, De Bruyne, Gundogan, Grealish; Haaland

Inter Milan (3-5-2): Onana; Darmian, Acerbi, Bastoni; Dumfries, Barella, Calhanoglu, Mkhitaryan, Dimarco; Martinez, Dzeko

Key Stats

Saturday will be the first ever meeting between Manchester City and Inter Milan. It is the first time the first competitive clash between two sides has been in a UEFA Champions League final since Liverpool faced AC Milan in 2005, also played at the Ataturk Olympic Stadium in Istanbul.

English and Italian sides have met in four previous European Cup/Champions League finals, with Liverpool always the English team in the final previously. They won the competition on penalties in 1984 vs AS Roma and 2005 vs AC Milan and lost the 1985 and 2007 finals against Juventus and AC Milan, respectively.

Copyright © 2022 Completesports.com All rights reserved. The information contained in Completesports.com may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without the prior written authority of Completesports.com.


You may be interested

No Regret Choosing Nigeria Over England –Iwobi
Sports
12 views
Sports
12 views

No Regret Choosing Nigeria Over England –Iwobi

Webby - May 20, 2024

Super Eagles midfielder, Alex Iwobi has disclosed that he has no regret choosing Nigeria ahead of the Three Lions of…

It’s Been A Bad Campaign For Man United –Onana
Sports
2 views
Sports
2 views

It’s Been A Bad Campaign For Man United –Onana

Webby - May 20, 2024

Manchester United goalkeeper Andre Onana has admitted that the Red Devils had a bad Premier League campaign.Recall Man United finished…

Orban’s Lyon Eye European Qualification Ticket On Final Day Of Ligue 1 Season
Sports
2 views
Sports
2 views

Orban’s Lyon Eye European Qualification Ticket On Final Day Of Ligue 1 Season

Webby - May 18, 2024

Gift Orban and his Lyon teammates would hope to end the Ligue 1 season with qualification to Europe.Lyon will host…

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published.