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WorldEuropeThe first or the fourth?.. City and Inter are among the most important challenges of the season

The first or the fourth?.. City and Inter are among the most important challenges of the season

Manchester City appear in the final game for the second time in their history, having played it for the first time penultimate season, losing to Chelsea and ruining the dream of the first title, before returning in the current season to renew hopes.

Inter Milan have played in the final 5 times, winning the title three times, seasons 1963-1964, 1964-1965 and 2009-2010, and losing the seasons 1966-1976 and 1971-1972.

first dream

Crowning major titles remained the Citizens’ main objective, and indeed the celestial team managed to control the English Premier League title, winning it 7 times since, and winning every possible tournament except the Champions League. Manchester City have faced heavy criticism from critics and the public in the tournament after each setback, particularly under current manager Pep Guardiola, who has already won the competition twice with Barcelona. Spain, but with every defeat in the tournament. , the English team returned the following year with great determination to clinch their first title. Manchester City have reached the semi-finals 4 times, in which they have reached the final twice, losing the first to Chelsea in the 2020-21 season, despite being favorites to win the title, and have reached the current season finale, amid overwhelming agreement that he is the strongest contender for the coronation. Real Madrid have faced Manchester City twice on their way to ‘first’ and knocked them out of the semi-finals twice, the first in 2016 during the era of Chilean coach Manuel Pellegrini, and the second the last season. Before skipping Real Madrid this season, Guardiola said: “If you want to be European champions you have to beat Real Madrid first, that’s something everyone knows.” In Spain, to become the first contender for the title, according to what Pep himself said before the battle for the royal team.

fourth blue

On the other hand, Italian coach Simone Inzaghi pulled off a huge upset by reaching the final game with Inter Milan after being completely out of the nominations, and far like most Italian teams except Juventus. to compete for the biggest European title in recent seasons. Inter have not known the path to crowning the title since they tasted it in 2010 under Portuguese veteran Jose Mourinho, who etched his name among club legends after winning the Champions League. what Inzaghi hopes to achieve with the “Nerazzurri”. “. Inter dominated the Champions League in the sixties for two seasons and came close to winning the title for three consecutive years, but lost the third final, and do not want to lose the third final in their history in Istanbul against to an English side desperate for their first title.Some underestimated Inter’s ability to keep pace with Manchester City and blamed their progress to the final on the easy draw that put them on their way in the knockout rounds Porto and Benfica of Portugal and then neighbors AC Milan, to defeat everyone and find themselves in the final match, while City went through the giants of Bayern Munich and Real Madrid to win the title. distinguished by his formidable ability to decide final matches, as he won all the final matches he played in the Coppa Italia and the Italian Super Cup, with the exception of his first match only with Lazio , and what followed was a winning streak that hasn’t stopped until now.

Italian bad idea

During the pre-match press conference, Pep Guardiola said: “When the score remains negative without goals, the Italian teams think they are on the right track to win, but that’s not true. is a bad idea. You will never win with a goalless draw.”

Pep added: “In such matches it is very important that we deal well with the problem when the result is a negative draw. We must not think that we are about to lose because we scored the goal in delay. We have to manage the pace of the game well and attack at the right time.”

The best team

Inzaghi said of the game: “We are playing the best team in the world. City have won the English Premier League 5 times in the last 6 years.”

The Inter manager praised his opponent saying: “Guardiola is an exceptional coach in the world of modern football. Now we can divide football into what was before Guardiola and beyond.”

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