18 years ago ‘Miracle in Istanbul’ Ataturk Olympic Stadium, who will laugh this time…Man City-Inter Milan Champions Final Clash on the 11th
Eighteen years ago, the historic European Football Federation (UEFA) Champions League final between Liverpool (England) and AC Milan (Italy) was held at the Ataturk Olympic Stadium in Istanbul, Turkey. Liverpool, who trailed 0-3 in the first half, balanced the game by making up for 3 goals in the second half, and won the ‘Big Year’ after a penalty shoot-out.스포츠토토
Another Champions League drama awaits in that place. Manchester City (England) re-challenge for the first European champions.
Man City will compete against Inter Milan (Italy) for the championship in the 2022-2023 Champions League final held at the Ataturk Olympic Stadium at 4:00 am on the 11th. Manchester City, which took over in 2008 by UAE rich Sheikh Mansour and leaped to become a top European team, has been reigning as the strongest team by adding seven trophies since then, including winning the English Premier League for three consecutive seasons. However, it has yet to add a Champions League trophy to the club’s history. Two seasons ago, they reached the final, but lost 0-1 to Chelsea (England) and could not break their bad relationship.
Coach Pep Guardiola also never stood at the top of the Champions League after leaving Barcelona (Spain) with Lionel Messi. From the 2013-2014 season when he took the helm of Bayern Munich (Germany), he failed to win even after reaching the round of 16 or higher in every season.
If Man City, who won the league championship and the FA Cup, also achieves a historic victory in the Champions League, it will also achieve a record called ‘Treble’ (three crowns). Among English clubs, the team that achieved the treble, including the Champions League championship, becomes the second main character after rival club Manchester United (1998-1999 season).
The presence of striker Elling Hollan also raises expectations. Haalan, who scored 36 goals in his first season in the Premier League and became the top scorer, also leads the Champions League with 12 goals and is on the verge of dominating Europe.
Man City is ahead in objective power, but Inter Milan’s momentum can’t be ignored. Inter Milan is running undefeated in 12 matches (7 wins, 5 draws) in the Champions League group stage and tournament. Inter Milan, who finished third in Serie A, will challenge to win the Champions League for the first time since the 2009-2010 season.
Serie A teams, which had been away from the top of Europe for a while, announced a resurgence this season. All three European club competitions (UCL, Europa League, and Europa Conference League) reached the final. However, AS Roma in the Europa League and Fiorentina in the Europa Conference League finished runner-up. Inter Milan wants to recapture the history of winning the Serie A Champions League, which was the last time Inter Milan won the 2009-2010 season.
In Inter Milan, we expect Lautaro Martinez (Inter Milan)’s ability to solve the problem, as he scored in both the Supercoppa Italiana (Super Cup) and Coppa Italia (Italian Cup) finals and showed a strong side on the big stage. Martinez has scored 21 goals in the league. Martinez, who became the champion of the Qatar World Cup held last year while wearing the Argentina national team uniform, will set a new record by winning both the World Cup and UCL in one season if he surpasses Man City.