The long-awaited Champions League:
Manchester City versus Inter Milan – The long awaited Champions League final is scheduled to be played tomorrow on 11th June, and millions of fans worldwide will tune in to see their favourite players and teams play it out for the coveted title.
For Manchester City, being in this position is nothing new. They’ve reached the finals two times in three years, and this time as well having lost only one of 26 games in previous competitions. The team is also the only one on the English side to have won the Treble- The FA Cup, Champions League and the Premier League. Playmaker Kevin De Bruyne has said “We just need to find a way to win the first one.”
Their journey to the final kept the fans on hook, as they swept cleanly through the group stages finishing first in Group G. They then won all games played in Etihad Stadium scoring astounding scores like 8-1, in which five of the goals were scored by top performing striker Erling Haaland. After a tough semi final against Real Madrid where the team managed to sweep a 3-0 score, they had firmly secured their position in the finals.
On the other hand,
On the other hand, for Inter Milan, the journey to the final match has not been as decisive. The team is not to underestimated though, having been three time European champions and won Coppa Italia for a second consecutive season.
They lost their opening match in the league, and suffered one more loss in the group stages to finish second in Group C, behind Bayern Munich. Their victory shone through against team rival AC Milan, where they scored two goals in the first 11 minutes alone and brought the win home with a 3-0 score.
With the teams facing each other, Manchester City is the definite favourite. Simon Gleave, head of sports analysis at Nielsen Gracenote, gives them a 74.5% chance of victory and the team is ranked first on the Nielsen Gracenote Euro Club Index while Inter Milan sits at 8th. All this may be putting pressure on the team, while about Inter Milan it is said:
“For Inter, they were laughing, joking. It’s maybe not a free hit, but they go into it in a really good frame of mind.”
With both teams gearing up. It can only be left to speculation for now as to. Who will take the cup and the title. Coach from the Manchester City side remarks, “To achieve things, you always have to have the correct proportion of obsession and desire. It’s a positive word, readiness to attempt to make it happen, obviously.”