City beat Inter 1-0 in the Champions League final

City beat Inter 1-0 to win their first Champions League and complete their treble by adding the crown to their Premier League and FA Cup triumphs. The Nerazzurri were close to what could have been a dream campaign in the UCL this season. From being expected to go out in the group stage, to getting in the final and matching City toe-to-toe, Inter had an incredible journey. The fans and the club should be proud of their performance. But clinical decision-making could have taken them over the line.

Inter were pressing high in the start to give City less space and force mistakes from them. The Premier League winners were struggling to settle into the game. However, with the ball Inter were struggling to create chances, as the long balls ploy was not helping to progress forward.

City had the best chance of the match around the 27th minute as De Bruyne and Gundogan combined well outside the box. The Belgian midfielder played to Haaland, who ran past Bastoni. However, the angle was tight, and Onana managed to save his powerful shot. City suffered a big blow as De Bruyne could not continue the game and Foden came on for him. The English midfielder operated in a more central role while Gundogan and Stones were on the side as number 8.

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Manchester City beat Inter 1-0 in the UCL final and seal the treble

Pep slightly tweaked his tactics as Stones was advancing more to increase numbers in attack. While Inter were more focused to provide crosses into the box and help get something with Dzeko. Lukaku came on early for the Bosnian striker. Inter had a brilliant chance with Lautaro as Akanji gave a loose back pass to Ederson. The Argentine striker was quick to pounce on it but he could not beat Ederson. The angle was tight, and the Brazilian keeper made an excellent stop.

City got in front with a nice build-up as Akanji found Silva’s run behind the right half-space. His cutback got deflected by Darmian and went in the path of Rodri. Inter’s midfielders got back with Haaland and Gundogan’s run in the box. So Rodri had space to pick his spot and finish with precision past two men in front of the goal.

However, the Nerazzurri had a golden opportunity to equalize soon. Dimarco’s header hit the crossbar, and his rebound effort was deflected by Lukaku, as the Belgian striker came between his effort and goal. Lukaku had another chance towards the end as Gosens’ header from Brozovic’s delivery found the Belgian in the box. But Ederson parried away his header from close range as Lukaku could not place his effort. Inter gave their all to find the equalizer but held onto their lead to win the UCL for the first time.

Mangalam Pugalia: Mangalam is a football nerd who contributes as a match analyst at THE INTER WAY. He admires Antonio Conte’s system and can predict what the Nerazzurri manager will do next.
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