Shock at the top in Istanbul
It’s finally D-Day for Manchester City and Inter, the Champions League final. An event awaited by all football fans every year. In England, all the tabloids are certain that the Skyblues will finally make history by winning the first big-eared cup in their history. They are “90 minutes from a great historical moment» writes the newspaper Manchester Evening News which reminds us that the club can achieve a hat-trick with the Cup and the Championship already won. All this is “the fate that calls Pep Guardiola” For The Guardian. In an editorial, the newspaper considers that if he wins, he could be considered the best manager in history when his career is far from over. But if the club is rolling in Europe and England this year, it is also thanks to Erling Haaland for many English newspapers. Winning the Champions League is his dream as he revealed in an interview. In Algeria too we will encourage Manchester City to see Riyad Mahrez lift the trophy coveted by any football player. On the Italian side, we talk a little more tactically. The favorite to take the lead in attack on the Inter side will be Lautaro Martinez, who will be preferred to Lukaku and Dzeko according to The Gazzetta Dello Sport. The pink paper diary and the Corriere Dello Sport confront the Argentinian with the cyborg Erling Haaland. The transalpine media also compare the tactics of Inzaghi to that of Guardiola. The Italian coach admitted having prepared a “strategyto try to limit the influence of the City striker. But hey, the rest of the European dailies clearly make Manchester the big favourite. For Sport, Pep Guardiola will win his third Champions League after having sublimated the game of City, as he did with Barça. The trick newspaper Fotomac also gives us a very beautiful front page to celebrate this final which takes place in Istanbul! Finally, in France for The Teamit will either be a logical end in apotheosis for City, or a surprise victory for Inter.
Real’s phantom rookie
We were treated to a mind-blowing scene yesterday on the official Real Madrid channel. While a special program spoke of the club’s internationals, we were able to see a sequence dedicated to Kai Havertz… who is a Chelsea player! As explained AS this morning, it was a production error. For the past few days, the German international has been expected to join Casa Blanca to strengthen the attacking sector which has emptied during the month of June. In the meantime, the Madrid team is ready to make an offer approaching 60 million, figures which do not yet convince Chelsea for the moment.
A boiling hot Saturday in Lisbon
And the Portuguese press is on fire this morning because of Benfica. The Portuguese club is likely to make several big announcements this Saturday. “A crazy day” title Record which puts on its front page the three players who make the news at the Eagles. We will start by talking about Renan Lodi. The Brazilian is in Benfica’s sights to replace Grimaldo. Nottingham Forest will not exercise their purchase option. Negotiations have started with Atlético de Madrid according to the newspaper. But it will not be easy for the Portuguese champion, because the player would finally like to win under the orders of Simeone. Then captain Otamendi should extend his lease with Benfica. Then as we can read on the front page of A Bola, Otamendi should extend his lease with Benfica. It has now been official for a few minutes, the captain has just signed a new contract which will end in June 2025. It was the supporters who pushed for him to stay, and he accepted. Then we expect to have the formalization of Orkun Kökçü in the next few hours. The Feyenoord Rotterdam midfielder was spotted at Lisbon airport as seen on the front pageOh Jogo. Benfica will pay just over 30 million euros for the Dutchman according to the country’s press.