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2023 Champions League final preview Man City vs Inter

June 8, 2023

When: Saturday 10 June (21:00 CET kick-off, 22:00 local time)
Where: Atatürk Olympic Stadium, Istanbul
What: 68th European Cup final
Who: 2021 runners-up City vs three-time winners Inter

What do you need to know?

The teams are meeting for the first time, the biggest club prize in world football is once again up for grabs, City are in sight of a treble and the venue is the Atatürk Olympic Stadium, stage for arguably the most memorable final of them all.

City have been banging on the door for some time now, but this is just their second final and they are yet to break their duck. Coach Pep Guardiola, meanwhile, is looking to join the elite group of three-time winners, having previously lifted the trophy in 2009 and 2011, and also become only the sixth man to win it with two clubs. Sandwiched between those two Barcelona triumphs was the most recent of Inter’s three wins – then it was José Mourinho; is now the turn of Simone Inzaghi?

Possible starting line-ups

Man City: Ederson; Walker, Rúben Dias, Aké; Stones, Rodri; Bernardo Silva, De Bruyne, Gündoğan, Grealish; Haaland

Inter: Onana; Darmian, Acerbi, Bastoni; Dumfries, Barella, Hakan Çalhanoğlu, Mkhitaryan, Dimarco; Lautaro Martínez, Džeko
Form guide

Man City
Form (all competitions, most recent first): WLDWWW
Where they finished: Premier League champions, FA Cup winners

Form (all competitions, most recent first): WWWLWW
Where they finished: 3rd in Serie A, Coppa Italia winners

Istanbul’s Atatürk Olympic Stadium will host the final on Saturday 10 June 2023.

Expert predictions

Matthew Howarth, Man City reporter
Given the manner in which Guardiola’s team dispatched Bayern and holders Real Madrid, it is no surprise they are regarded by many as favourites. There is something mesmerising about watching City overwhelm even the strongest of opponents with a potent combination of pinpoint passing accuracy, ferocious pressing and electric pace. Games of this magnitude are often settled by fine margins, but City have the bit between their teeth and if they play as well as they have been, a maiden Champions League title could well be theirs.

Vieri Capretta, Inter reporter
Back in the final after 13 years, but in a very different position – it feels like Inter have little to lose against this City side. Tactically, the Nerazzurri are solid at the back and fluid going forward, moving well as a team, with a physically demanding style of play that requires everyone to be at the top of their game. Inter defend as a block and attack as a unit. Inzaghi’s side have shown themselves to be adept at adapting to their opponent, so we can expect them defend low and play on the break. Will it be enough?

Source: UEFA

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