After eliminating Bayern Munich in the quarter-finals, then Real Madrid in the last four, Manchester City is preparing to play the second final in its history after that lost in 2021 against Chelsea (0-1). The Mancunian club has never seemed so close to a first coronation in C1, even if Inter Milan has serious arguments to come and upset the Citizens. To reach the final, the Nerazzurri successively eliminated FC Porto, Benfica Lisbon and AC Milan in the 2022-23 final phase.
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De Bruyne relaxes the atmosphere
On the eve of this Champions League final, Kevin De Bruyne was at a press conference. The Belgian international was notably questioned about his relationship with Erling Haaland and the least we can say is the Manchester City attacking midfielder was somewhat destabilized. “Was it love at first sight when you first met Erling Haaland“ asked one of the journalists present at the press conference. “No no. I am happy with my wife”then replied De Bruyne in a burst of general laughter.
Guardiola forced to defend Haaland
Pep Guardiola was also asked about the Norwegian striker. Mute for four games, the former Borussia Dortmund striker has not escaped criticism despite his exceptional season in the Premier League. “I’m not here to talk about his goal per game average, defended his coach. If you doubt him, you’re the only one. I have no doubt. Tomorrow (Saturday) he will be ready to help us win the Champions League”, dropped the coach of the English club. As a reminder, Haaland has scored 52 goals in as many games this season in all competitions.