City should not underestimate Inter in the final

Manchester City should not underestimate Inter in the Champions League final on Sunday. The Premier League giants have been the team to beat this season and are on the run for the treble. Moreover, Pep Guardiola’s side craves Europe’s most prestigious trophy as they have failed to cross the line in the recent past. After losing to Chelsea in the 2021 final, Pep would be circumspect and cautious for this game as they can not afford another loss after coming this close. However, Inzaghi’s Inter could be the perfect antidote for Guardiola’s system.

Simone Inzaghi has earned the reputation of being a cup specialist in Italy. He will be ready to give his all in the final, which could arguably be the game of his life. Moreover, the players will be eager to put their best foot forward as they might not get this opportunity again. The tactics Inzaghi has used in the knockout stages will cause City problems. Pep will have to find a way to break Inter’s solid and compact mid-block.

Why Manchester City should not underestimate Inter?

Pep Guardiola has commented on the difficulties his side will have to overcome while facing Inter. The Nerazzurri defend deep and block the central area with three defenders and three midfielders well drilled in the defensive phase. Man City will be forced to go wide and rely on crosses, which Inter are confident in dealing with. Also, Onana helps Inter to play through the toughest of presses. The former Ajax keeper is excellent with his distribution.

With the ball, Inter are comfortable with playing long as Dzeko is the perfect target man, and he helps in winning the aerial duels. Inzaghi could also start the lethal ‘Lu-La’ duo that are back in form. Meanwhile, Lautaro makes swift runs behind, so City will be cautious in deploying an aggressive high line. Also, with technical midfielders like Calhanoglu and Barella, Inter are always looking for that one pass that can kill the game.

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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