The Nerazzurri would look to emulate their history and take inspiration from Mourinho’s treble-winning team in City vs Inter final on Saturday. Meanwhile, the treble-eyeing Man City would strive to replicate the miracle of Istanbul their Merseyside rivals achieved. The two continental giants will battle for the first time in a competitive game at Istanbul. They are coming on the back of varying league fortunes. Pep Guardiola has two biggest English trophies in the bag, while Inzaghi’s title charge was bleak.
The Premier League winners have obliterated the defending champions Real Madrid to book their tickets for the showpiece event. On the other hand, Inter got the bragging rights with a 3-0 win over their fellow San Siro tenants in Derby Della Madonnina. Simone Inzaghi will be keen to maintain his reputation as a cup specialist. But he has to grind out another result against a club that are being considered, as one of the best teams in recent times.
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Inzaghi has to make a key decision on who to start alongside Lautaro. Dzeko has started in big games, while the Belgian striker is in excellent form. Moreover, Lukaku complements Lautaro with his style of play by dropping and holding the ball. Skriniar could also feature in the match at some point if Inzaghi prefers to have more defensive cover.
Pep Guardiola has only one injury issue of Kyle Walker as the English defender had back injury in the FA Cup final. However, Walker has recovered, and should start in the final after a medical test. City would like to take control of the game from the start with their structured press, and hope to stop Inter from progressing with long balls.
The Nerazzurri have odds stacked against them, but they are a completely different side in a cup final. Also, Inter’s pragmatic tactics could be the antidote for Guardiola’s well-drilled side.
Inter Milan 1-1 Manchester City(Inter win on penalties).