formations, what time is it, how and where to see it

formations, what time is it, how and where to see it

All the preview of the most important final of European football.

Everything is ready for the final that will face two world champions: Julián Álvarez and Lautaro Martínez. The Olympic stadium in Istanbul, where spectators will crowd on Saturday to follow the match between Manchester City and Inter Milan, is clean, ready and with the grass prepared for the match of the year in Europe. Carlos Tévez and Kun Agüero are I followed all the preview in Clarín.

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City, close to the fans, one day away from the final

“The sensations are similar to the World Cup final,” says Lautaro

Lautaro Martínez, in the Qatar 2022 final against France at the Lusail stadium. AFP photo

Lautaro Martínez, world champion with Argentina last December, faces a second important final just six months later, on Saturday in Istanbul, against Manchester City, in search of the Champions League title.

The 25-year-old Inter Milan striker said this Friday that the feelings and desire to win are the same.

“It changes little, only the shirt changes. The sensations are similar, unique, because you know you’ve reached the end, thanks to the great effort and work of the year and the team. That’s what’s important. It’s the last stage and we have to give that step to play a good game for the fans and the club”, said Lautaro Martínez.

The Inter striker will face off with his teammate, Julián Álvarez, whom he invited to his recent wedding, but the City attacker could not make it.


Bruno Carbajo

Bruno Carbajo

Manchester City vs Inter, for the Champions League: Lautaro Martínez in the footsteps of Diego Milito, with the goal as his vocation

Lautaro and Milito, the hug between a Champions League champion and another who dreams of it.

The last time Inter stayed with the ‘Orejona’, the ‘Prince’ was a figure with a brace in the final against Bayern Munich. Now, the “10” Neroazzurro, as captain, can repeat history. Read more.

Possible formations of Manchester City vs. Inter for the Champions League

The Champions, in Istanbul. Photo EFE

Manchester City: Ederson; Kyle Walker, Rubén Dias, Manuel Akanji o Nathan Aké; John Stones, Rodri, Bernardo Silva, Jack Grealish, Ilkay Gündogan, Kevin De Bruyne and Erling Haaland. DT: Pep Guardiola

Inter:Andre Onana; Francesco Acerbi, Alessandro Bastoni, Stefan De Vrij or Matteo Darmian; Denzel Dumfries, Marcelo Brozovic, Nicolo Barella, Hakan Çalhanoglu or Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Federico Dimarco; Lautaro Martinez y Edin Dzeko or Romelu Lukaku. DT: Simone Inzaghi

“Manchester City is possibly the best team in the world,” says Inzaghi

Simone Inzaghi, coach of Inter Milan. AFP photo

Simone Inzaghi, coach of Inter Milan, knows that Manchester City, his rival on Saturday in Istanbul, in the Champions League final, starts as a favourite, and he acknowledged this on Friday at the pre-match press conference.

“We know the game that comes tomorrow and how we have to play. Manchester City is possibly the best team in the world. They have shown it. They have lost very few games. We know how we have been this season and we are proud. We are going to give it our all. We must be very focused. We cannot make mistakes, because they are a very strong rival”, explained the coach.

“The midfield is going to be crucial. We must be in good physical shape and put our hearts in. Be in good shape to run. Your mind has to be focused at every moment of the game and you have to play with your heart,” he insisted.

The Champions League, the only pending account, according to Kevin De Bruyne

The talented Belgian midfielder, at a press conference. Reuters photo.

Kevin de Bruyne, Manchester City footballer, stated that the Champions League is the only pending account they have and the only thing that people can throw their faces at, after having won everything.

The Belgian midfielder accompanied Pep Guardiola and Rubén Dias at the press conference prior to the Champions League final this Saturday against Inter Milan.

“I’ve been here for eight years and they’ve been incredible. Lots of good moments, even though we haven’t been able to win this competition yet. It’s the only thing they can blame us for. We’ve been very regular and good in ‘Champions’, we just need to find one way to win the first. It would be incredible for the players, for the club and for the fans. It would be spectacular”, assured the Belgian, who expects a very defensive Inter this Saturday.

The most champions of the Champions League

Real Madrid players celebrate their victory in the Champions League final against Liverpool FC in Saint-Denis, near Paris, France. Photo EFE

The tournament, formerly known as the “European Champions Cup”, has been played since the 1955/56 season and the most successful, up to now, has been Real Madrid with 14 victories.

It is followed by Milan with 7, Bayern Munich and Liverpool with 6, Barcelona have won the tournament 5 times, one more than Ajax, which has 4.

Manchester United and Inter Milan have 3 “Orejonas”, while Juventus, Benfica, Chelsea, Nottingham Forest and Porto have 2.

With a single conquest, Hamburg, Celtic, Marseille, Steaua Bucharest, Aston Villa, PSV, Feyenoord and Red Star appear.

After three editions, the Champions League final is finally played in Istanbul

The Atatürk stadium in Istanbul, where the final of the next Champions League will be played. Uefa photo

In 2020, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, UEFA decided to play the decisive keys to the Champions League in the “bubble” of Lisbon, a tournament that Bayern Munich ended up winning. The original venue was the Atatürk Olympic Stadium in Istanbul, Türkiye.

In 2021, also due to the global health crisis, the Turkish capital was left without the decisive match and the final was moved to Porto, again Portugal. Chelsea defeated Manchester City 1-0.

In 2022, due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Saint Petersburg was the city that lost the chance to host the most anticipated match at the club level. The Stade de France de Saint-Denis, on the outskirts of Paris was the chosen location. The champion? Real Madrid.

The campaigns of each Champions League finalist

This Saturday, when from 16 Manchester City e Inter are measured in istanbul to define the new champion of the Champions Leaguebehind will have been tough rivals that each one had to overcome to achieve glory.

The English, seeking their first continental title, won Group G, which they shared with Sevilla, Borussia Dortmund and Copenhagen. In the round of 16 they beat Leipzig and the powerful Bayern Munich in the quarterfinals. The semi was a thunderous 5-1 aggregate win over Real Madrid.

The Italians, for their part, were second to Bayern Munich and did their part to eliminate Barcelona and Viktoria Pilsen. In the round of 16, they beat Porto and Benfica in the quarterfinals. The semifinal was against Milan, in the city’s classic. They are going for their fourth conquest.

“Now I have Haaland and in the past Messi”, says Guardiola to base his success

Guardiola and Haaland hope to put the finishing touch to a season full of successes. AFP photo

Pep Guardiolawho is looking for his first title of Champions League with the Manchester Cityon Saturday in the final against the Inter Milano in Istanbul, he highlighted this Friday at a press conference that the success of the coaches is based on having good players.

When asked about the formula for being a winning coach, Guardiola was blunt.

“In having good players. To Haaland now and in the past to Messi. I’m not kidding. It’s true,” he stated, giving two examples to solidify his thesis.

“You have to let the players feel that they can’t do it alone, but with a team with the same ideas, they can. Each coach will be successful because they have a strong institution behind them, who have exceptional players. A coach has never scored” goals he added.

Julian Alvarez vs. Lautaro Martínez, the striker duel that will add an Argentine touch to the Champions League final

Lautaro and Julián will measure forces in the Champions League final.

They were teammates in the selected world champion in Qatar 2022. The one from City ended up displacing the one from Inter due to the level of each one during the month of competition. The new generation of Argentine strikers triumphs in Europe and this Saturday, one of the two will lift the “Orejona”.

How and where to watch the Champions League final live

The grand finale of the Champions League in between Manchester City e Inter Milano in Istanbul will be broadcast live this Saturday by signals ESPN y Fox Sports. The English arrive after having eliminated Real Madrid, while the Italians left Milan, their classic rival of a lifetime, on the way. As usual, the ball will be different from the one used in the previous phases of the contest. The decisive match will be played with a ball with a blue background and white stars, with details that allude to Turkey, the host country of the expected event.


Maximilian Benozzi

Maximilian Benozzi

Manchester City vs Inter: Julián Álvarez, the winning machine that goes for the “Holy Trinity” of world football

Julián Álvarez, at City practice in Istanbul, before the grand final. Photo EFE

The Cordovan is on the verge of becoming the first Argentine to win the World Cup, the Copa Libertadores and the Champions League. Read more.

Hilarious reunion of Kun Agüero and Guardiola in the Champions League preview: mention to Messi and Pep’s chicana

Kun Agüero is in Istanbul beating the Champions League final that his former team Manchester City will play against Inter Milan this Saturday. And in that preview he came across none other than Pep Guardiola, who was his coach on the English team.

The day before the duel, Guardiola and his footballers went to the Ataturk Olympic Stadium, the venue for this match that will capture the attention of the entire football planet. And there was Agüero, broadcasting from the field of play for ESPN, in his new role as a TV commentator. More info here.

Kun Agüero’s visit to the City squad, his exclub

Sergio “Kun” Agüero is in Istanbul to personally live the Champions League final against Manchester City, a club of which he is an idol and which has Julián Álvarez among its ranks, against Lautaro Martínez’s Inter Milan. After appearing on television, the former Argentine striker went to visit his former teammates to wish them luck and had an animated chat with Erling Haaland.

Kun Agüero with Erling Haaland and Bernardo Silva in City training before the final. AFP photo.

El Kun with Julián Álvarez, John Stones and Rodri. Photo Reuters.

Agüero in the Istanbul stadium with Ederson, City’s Brazilian goalkeeper. AP photo.

2023-06-09 19:34:51
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