Manchester City will finally look to get their hands on the Champions League trophy and complete the treble when they meet Inter Milan in the final this weekend.
The Citizens have dominated English football since Pep Guardiola took charge but have never managed to win Europe’s greatest prize.
City have reached the final and the semi-final in the tournament’s last two iterations but now couldn’t wish for a better opportunity to win it.
The Etihad outfit thrashed reigning champions Real Madrid 5-1 on aggregate and could still complete a historic treble after beating Manchester United 2-1 in the FA Cup final.
City will now face Inter after the Italian giants overcame their inner-city rivals AC Milan 3-0 over two legs to set up an intriguing clash.
The Nerazzurri finished third in Serie A but are three-time Champions League winners, last winning the competition under Jose Mourinho in 2010.
Man City vs Inter Milan: talkSPORT coverage
The 2022/23 Champions League final will take place on Saturday, June 10.
It will be played at the Ataturk Olympic Stadium in Istanbul, with kick-off scheduled for 8pm UK time.
talkSPORT will have live coverage from Turkey, with Adrian Durham serving as your presenter.
Commentary will be provided by Jim Proudfoot and former Man City manager Stuart Pearce.
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Man City vs Inter Milan: Road to the final
- Round of 16: RB Leipzig 1-8 Manchester City
- Quarter-finals: Manchester City 4-1 Bayern Munich
- Semi-finals: Real Madrid 1-5 Manchester City
- Round of 16: Inter Milan 1-0 Porto
- Quarter-finals: Benfica 3-5 Inter Milan
- Semi-finals: AC Milan 0-3 Inter Milan
Man City vs Inter Milan: Team news
Man City have no injury concerns going into the final with Guardiola’s side expected to be at full strength.
Kyle Walker missed training this week due to a back injury, raising concerns that he could miss the final.
But the defender has since eased concerns over his knock and insisted that he will be available.
For Inter, left-back Dalbert is a long-term absentee with a ligament injury.
Former Man United ace Henrikh Mkhitaryan is a doubt as is Joaquin Correa.
Man City vs Inter Milan: What has been said?
Following their FA Cup final win, Guardiola said: “Now is the first time we can talk about the treble.
“We have done incredible, five Premier Leagues, two FA Cups and Carabaos but we have to win the Champions League to be recognised how the team deserves to be.
“It has been amazing, been fun, but we have to win it.
“We are one game away. I said to the players you have to put the pressure on yourself. To be recognised as something good you have to win Europe.”
Speaking ahead of the final, Walker said: “It doesn’t define what this squad has achieved over the last six years if we go on and win this or not.
“It helps massively to say that we can be put in that category of probably one of the best Premier League teams of all time. We don’t win five Premier Leagues in six years if we are not a good team.
“We kind of know we are a good team but to be recognised globally as one of the best teams you need to win the Champions League.
“We are not beating around the bush with that, we know this is now a great opportunity, we have a second chance definitely with Pep and the group of players who have stayed around and we need to put right the wrongs we did against Chelsea.”
Man City vs Inter Milan: Match facts
- Having won the World Cup with Argentina in December, either Manchester City’s Julián Álvarez or Inter’s Lautaro Martínez could become the 10th player to win the World Cup and the European Cup in the same season having featured in both finals. The only previous players to have done so in the 21st century are Roberto Carlos (2002 with Brazil and Real Madrid) and Raphaël Varane (2018 with France and Real Madrid).
- Alessandro Bastoni has made 100 line-breaking passes in the UEFA Champions League this season, the most of any player for Internazionale. In the tournament overall, two of the only three centre backs who have made more than him this term are Manchester City players (135, Manuel Akanji and 127, Rúben Dias).
- Manchester City midfielder Rodri has completed more passes under pressure than any other player in the UEFA Champions League this season (681). Indeed, among all players to attempt 300+ passes while under pressure, only Marco Verratti (91.7%) has a higher completion rate than Rodri (91.3%) this term.
- Based on the quality of shots on target faced, Internazionale’s André Onana has prevented the most goals of any goalkeeper in the UEFA Champions League this season (7.8 – nine conceded from 16.8 xG on target). Indeed, he could equal the record for most clean sheets by a goalkeeper in a single UEFA Champions League campaign (currently on eight), which was most recently achieved by Édouard Mendy in 2020-21 (9).
- Despite only playing 144 minutes and not starting a single game in the UEFA Champions League this season, Romelu Lukaku is the only Inter player to have either scored or assisted in every round they’ve featured in (goal in group stage, goal in round of 16, goal in quarter-final, assist in semi-final). The only player to start a Champions League final having not started a game prior to that in the season was Ryan Bertrand in 2012 for Chelsea.
- Erling Haaland has scored 12 UEFA Champions League goals this season for Manchester City, the joint most by a player for an English club along with Ruud van Nistelrooy in 2002-03 for Man Utd. He’s failed to score in his last two appearances in the competition, never before going three consecutive games without a goal. The last Norwegian to score in a Champions League final was Ole Gunnar Solskjær in the 1999 final for Manchester United.
- Jack Grealish has created 35 chances for Manchester City in this season’s UEFA Champions League, the most by an English player in a season that Opta has on record (2003-04 onwards) and most by any player since Dusan Tadic in 2018-19 for Ajax (37). Grealish has also carried the ball the furthest distance of any player (3,208m) – indeed, it is more than Inter’s top-two most prolific ball carriers combined (Nicolò Barella, 1,558m & Alessandro Bastoni, 1,228m, combined 2,786m).
- 59.8% of Internazionale’s pressures in the UEFA Champions League this season have been applied in their own half, the highest percentage of any side to qualify from the group stage. Indeed, of the 32 teams in this season’s tournament, the Italian side rank 24th for pressures applied in the final third per game (103.5).
- In the UEFA Champions League this season, Manchester City have recovered the ball and initiated their sequences of play at an average of 47.2 metres from their own goal – the highest up the field of any team. Internazionale, meanwhile, are the team who have done so the closest to their own goal (38.4 metres), among sides who progressed from the group stage this term.
- Internazionale have kept eight clean sheets in 12 UEFA Champions League matches this season, including five in six games in the knockout stages. Should they hold their opponents to a shutout here, they would equal the record for most clean sheets in the knockout stages in a single edition of the tournament (six – previously done by Arsenal in 2005-06).
- This is Pep Guardiola’s fourth UEFA Champions League final (two with Barcelona in 2009 and 2011, two with Man City in 2021 and 2023), with only Carlo Ancelotti managing in more (5). He’s looking to win his third title, equalling Zinedine Zidane and with only Ancelotti winning more (4), as well as become the fifth manager to win the title with two teams, after Ancelotti (AC Milan, Real Madrid), José Mourinho (FC Porto, Inter), Josef Heynckes (Bayern Munich, Real Madrid) and Ottmar Hitzfeld (Borussia Dortmund, Bayern Munich).
- The Atatürk Olympic Stadium is the eighth stadium to host more than one UEFA Champions League final, with this its first since the 2005 final, which ended 3-3 between Liverpool and AC Milan before Liverpool won on penalties. The only other time Istanbul has hosted a major European final was the 2009 UEFA Cup final (won 2-1 by Shakhtar Donetsk vs Werder Bremen), at the Şükrü Saracoğlu Stadium.
- Internazionale boss Simone Inzaghi will be the sixth different Italian to take charge of a team in a UEFA Champions League final (after Ancelotti, Capello, Lippi, Di Matteo and Allegri); the joint-most managers from a single nation to do so, along with Germany (6).
- Internazionale are only the fourth side to reach the UEFA Champions League final after losing their first game of the season, along with Milan in 1994-95, Bayern Munich in 1998-99 and Tottenham in 2018-19, all of whom lost their finals. In the European Cup, the two teams to win the title after losing their first games are Real Madrid in 1965-66 and AC Milan in 1968-69.
- Manchester City are looking to become the fourth different English side to win the UEFA Champions League, after Man Utd (1999, 2008), Liverpool (2005, 2019) and Chelsea (2012, 2021), which would be the most of any nation. The current total of three is the joint-most, along with Italy (AC Milan, Juventus, Inter).
- Internazionale are featuring in their 11th major European final, the third-most of any Italian side behind Juventus (16) and AC Milan (14). It’s their first since losing 3-2 in the 2019/20 UEFA Europa League final against Sevilla and only their second in the UEFA Champions League, winning 2-0 in 2010 against Bayern Munich under José Mourinho.
- Manchester City have only appeared in two previous major European finals, beating Polish side Górnik Zabrze 2-1 in the 1970 Cup Winners’ Cup final, before losing the 2021 UEFA Champions League final 1-0 to fellow English side Chelsea.
- English and Italian sides have met in four previous European Cup/Champions League finals, with Liverpool always the English team in the final previously. They won the competition on penalties in 1984 vs Roma and 2005 vs Milan and lost the 1985 and 2007 finals against Juventus and AC Milan respectively.
- This is the first ever meeting between Manchester City and Internazionale. It’s the first time the first competitive meeting between two sides has been in a UEFA Champions League final since Liverpool faced AC Milan in 2005, also played at the Atatürk Olympic Stadium in Istanbul.
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