Manchester City are the obvious frontrunners to take home the Champions League title when the final is held in Istanbul on June 10th. The Citizens have already won the English Premier League and turned their focus to the CL and FA Cup final. Pep Guardiola hopes he can be the second manager in EPL history to win the treble after Sir Alex Ferguson became the first to win it in 1999 with Manchester United.
Most football analysts and odds-makers have Man City as the likely winners of the Champions League for the first time in their history. Pep’s team showed the world they mean business this season after thrashing Real Madrid in the semi-finals. Everyone planning to bet on the game on Betway is likely to place their wager in favor of City. On the other hand, Inter Milan will go into the finals as underdogs.
Will City Finally Lift the Elusive CL Championship?
Pep Guardiola will be positive that this is the year he finally wins the Champions League with Manchester City. The English Champions produced arguably the finest display in European Cup history to beat 14-time champions and current holders Real Madrid 4-0 at the Etihad Stadium. It is at the back of this strong performance that many football commentators believe City will be too much for Inter Milan to handle.
Inter Milan beat their domestic rivals AC Milan 3-0 to secure their place in the Finals. The Nerazzurri head into Turkey as clear outsiders to lift the trophy, which they last won in 2010 after beating Bayern Munich 2-0 to complete the treble, an achievement that no other Italian team has ever achieved.
Can Inter Milan Stop Pep’s Well-Oiled Machine?
While many football fans, including CL betting fans on Betway globally, consider Inter Milan underdogs, you don’t get to a European final by luck. Inter have beaten other European giants such as SL Benfica and FC Porto on their way to the final. They also finished second in a group with Bayern Munich and Barcelona.
However, if Milan are to upset the odds, they won’t do it by going toe to toe with Man City. Their most likely approach would be to slow the game down, remain compact at the back and be difficult to break down. Inzaghi’s men must also be aggressive and keep their concentration levels high throughout the game.
Key players such as Nicolo Barella, Lukaku, and Martinez will also play a key role in the final. The only way Inzaghi beats Pep is by producing a tactical masterclass similar to what Tuchel did with Chelsea in 2021.
City Cannot Let This One Go!
Even so, Manchester City are not going to let this final slip away. Pep and his players must have learned much from their previous failures and are ready to right past wrongs. However, they have a tough game on their hands, and De Bruyne, Bernardo Silva, Gundogan, Grealish, and Haaland must be at their best.
Finally, when it comes to a final, anything can happen. However, based on the current form, City seems to have the upper hand over the Italian giants. Is this City’s year? Will Pep finally win the CL with Man City?