Manchester City faces its fate. Beaten two years ago in the final by Chelsea, often eliminated in sometimes surprising circumstances during the final phase (Tottenham, Monaco, OL, Real Madrid), the English club has this time a unique opportunity to finally win the League of Champions this Saturday (kick-off, 9 p.m.). Big favorites in this Istanbul final, the Cityzens can also achieve an exceptional hat-trick in the FA Cup and the Premier League. Only Inter stands as the last obstacle on this clear path.
Unexpected finalists, the Lombards also leave with well-honed weapons. They have no pressure, have already had a successful season by winning the Supercopa and the Italian Cup, in addition to having secured their place in C1 next year. “We know this is a date with historyassures Inzaghi at a press conference. We have a great chance to write history. It will be extremely difficult to win, but we will work together to get there. We achieved this through our teamwork.”
Martinez: “We deserve to be here”
In addition to that, Inter come a long way after experiencing some turbulence this winter. “This final is kind of a bonus. This is the 57th game of the season. It’s been a very long season – we’ve had ups and downs. But in the lows, we improved and grew. We learned from our defeats, we also had our share of injuries. Our efforts have brought us here”assures the Italian coach, a novice at this level of competition, like all of his players.
It is precisely this carelessness that the Nerazzurri want to take advantage of. “You all know City and how good they are. The main thing is to win and give it your all.”, assures Hakan Calhanoglu, who will play in front of his audience tomorrow night. And then we must not forget that to get there, Inter achieved an almost faultless course, coming out of a group with Barça and Bayern. “We had a very difficult grouprecalls Laurato Martinez. We also faced some of the best teams. We deserve to be here.” Distrust for City because Inter will bravely play their luck.