In the Champions League final in Istanbul on June 10, Manchester City and Inter will meet.
Manchester City left nothing to worry about in the semi-finals of the Champions League when they beat Real Madrid 4-0 at home.
The first leg in Madrid had ended 1–1, so City reached the final with a total of 5–1 goals.
Real Madrid has won the Champions League or the European Cup that preceded it by far the most, 14 times. Following are AC Milan with their seven championships, and Liverpool and Bayern Munich, who celebrated six trophies.
Also last season Carlo Ancelotti the Spanish group celebrated when Real beat Liverpool in the Champions League final.
Manchester City, on the other hand, has become a giant club in England since it was taken over by the United Arab Emirates in 2008. Since 2011, City have won the Premier League six times, and will win again this spring without a miracle.
However, success in the Champions League has eluded City. In 2021, it lost to Chelsea in the final. In the semi-finals, it had fallen in 2016 and 2022 – both times to Real Madrid.
It has been said that the Champions League trophy has become an obsession, especially for the man who piloted City since 2016 For Pep Guardiola, who won Europe’s biggest club competition twice in Barcelona. Since then, conquering the Champions League has remained a dream for both Bayern and Manchester.
A crushing opening sequence
Now City started their home match like a storm. Without the Real keeper Thibaut Courtois top shots, the goal taps would have opened earlier. The Belgian keeper stopped a couple of times, among other things, the goal stick Erling Haaland’s.
In the 23rd minute, City got the ball into the net. Kevin de Bruyne played a precise pass into the box and Bernardo Silva shot the ball with power into the front corner.
In the 36th minute, the Portuguese midfielder scored again. Jack Grealish built from the left and played a pass into the box to the one who made a vertical run For Ilkay Gündogan. Real’s defense blocked Gündogan’s drive, but the ball bounced to Silva, who headed the ball into the net from six meters.
In the first period, City won possession 71–29 and scoring attempts 13–1. Real had virtually no scoring chances.
In the second period, the events of the game were more even, but City withstood Real’s efforts without major problems. Ederson parried a Real defender David Alaban good free kick at the beginning of the period.
City hit the final nail in the 76th minute, De Bruyne gave a lateral free kick, and Real topped it Eder Militao directed the ball into his own goal.
Argentinian world champion in overtime Julian Alvarez still beautified the final figures of the match 4–0 by Phil Foden exemplary passing. On the bench, Pep Guardiola vented freely.
The Champions League final will be played in Istanbul on Saturday, June 10. City will face Inter, who defeated their local rivals AC Milan in the semi-finals.
Guardiola finally has a chance to win the Champions League without Lionel Messi. City will go to the final against Inter, who are third in Serie A, as clear favorites.
– The Champions League trophy is what City and Guardiola want. If they play anywhere near as well as they did today, I see only one possible winner, said the BBC expert Chris Sutton.
Manchester City has a chance for the treble, as the team is close to winning the Premier League and also playing in the FA Cup final. The last time an English team managed the treble was Manchester United in 1999.