the surprise guest at Guardiola’s party

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2023-06-09 07:02:19

It didn’t even appear on el top-10 favorites to raise the Champions League in the classic betting house forecasts before the start of the competition. City, PSG, Liverpool, Bayern, Real Madrid, Chelsea, Barça, Juventus, Tottenham and Atlético made that list last summer.

But Inter de Milan has been overcoming obstacles until planting itself in the Istanbul final this Saturdayin which he will again try defy logic. Rarely has such an unbalanced final been presented. At least, a priori. The triumph of Pep Guardiola It is listed at 1.22, while the black blue is paid at 4.33. An Italian victory would be a hit.

maximum efficiency

Inter’s path can only be admired in a Champions League in which its main merit, perhaps, was to overcome a group with Bayern and Barcelona as main adversaries. That 3-3 achieved at the Camp Nou and the 1-0 Giuseppe Meazza with the hands of Dumfries not signaled ended up leading the black blues to glory. Then they would fall Port in eighths, the Benfica in quarters and the Milan in the semifinals, a very friendly team that did not miss the set of Simone Inzaghi.

While the City reaches the final without suffering not a defeat (7 wins, 5 draws), Inter sufferedor the falls (both against Bayern). The English marked 31 goals and conceded 5 on their way. Inter scored 19 and conceded 10. The effectiveness of the Lombard painting is undeniable. They don’t even have a player in the top-10 scorers for this edition. Dzeko (4 goals) and Lautaro (3) are his top scorers, while Dimarco is his best assistant.

The last bullet from Italy

The mission of recovering the pride of a country that has been left out of the last two World Cups. The Juventus fell in the final Europa League against Sevilla and the Fiorentina ran into West Ham this Wednesday in the Conference. The last bullet will be the team of Inzaghiwhich provides the most genuine Italian label in a very heterogeneous eleven.

He 3-5-2 is the non-negotiable system of the preparer, with Drunk under sticks. The Cameroonian goalkeeper, who was banned for one year for doping at Ajax, has closed with a key in the Champions League. Bastoni and Acerbi are their best central defenders, while Dumfries y Dimarco they act like tireless daggers in lane.

Mkhitaryan, for the triple

In the wide area, Stretcher He is the ideal all-rounder, seconded by Calhanoglua player with a very good foot for actions from set pieces, and the Armenian Mkhitaryan, who won the Europa League with United, the Conference with Roma and pursues the Champions League with Inter. He would be the first player in history to win all three competitions with three different clubs. Above, Lautaro is the offensive referent, accompanied by Dzekowho points to Arabia after the final. Luke It is the perfect replacement on the bench.

Onana (1,080 minutes), Bastoni (913), Lautaro (912), Barella (907) and Mkhitaryan (903) make up the top-5 of the players most used by Inzaghi, who has played eight endings as a technician in his career and has won seven, the last of which was in the Italian Cup against Fiorentina in May. This Saturday will be your first big European date before a specialist like Pep Guardiolawhich has everything in its favor to bring joy to Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahayanthe Arab owner of Manchester City.

La batuta de Steven Zhang

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On the Italian side, ownership rests with Steven Zhang, who in 2018 became the youngest president in the history of Inter. Five years later, he is also the first Chinese to lead his club to a Champions League final.

The leader, trained in the best business schools and owner of the Suning Trade Group, he is a soccer enthusiast and fan of Messi. This Saturday aspires to the Inter’s first Champions League since 2010, when the team led by Mourinho was crowned at the Bernabéu.

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