Inter’s opponent in the Champions League final was determined on Wednesday. Manchester City received Real Madrid at home. The first match in Madrid did not reveal the strongest – 1:1.
Most football fans are sure that Manchester City and Real Madrid are the main candidates for victory in the tournament, so more attention was paid to the second meeting.
On the eve of the match, the head coach of “Real” Carlo Ancelotti noted that on the side of his team the prohibitive motivation.
“There are things that we can improve compared to the first game. We are very motivated. We know it will be difficult, but I hope it will help us play at the highest level,” he said at a press conference.
His counterpart Josep Guardiola is sure that to win his team he needs to play even better than in Madrid.
“We have to play better than we played at the Bernabéu. There is no escaping emotions, the attitude has to be the right one, but you have to show good football. This will be one of my most important games at City, it’s nonsense” . to deny it I asked the players to enjoy the moment “Everything is in our hands. To reach the final it is enough to win a match”, he said.
For Ancelotti, by the way, this game was the 191st in the Champions League as head coach and this is a new record. He was a teammate ahead of another legend, Sir Alex Ferguson.
The teams started the game in an orderly fashion, but the hosts created the first dangerous moment in the 8th minute. But Rodri couldn’t get into the far corner from outside the penalty area.
“Manchester City” deprived Madrid of the ball, combined a lot and moved the game through the visiting area. And soon the hosts created another moment: Erling Haaland hit his head from close range, but Thibault Courtois saved his teammates.
In the 21st minute, the Belgian goalkeeper again became the hero of the episode: stretching, he managed to repel Holann’s header into the far corner.
The goal is clearly being forged and it didn’t take long to wait. In the 23rd minute, Madrid forgot Bernardo Silva in their penalty area, who converted his chance by finishing near the top corner of Courtois’s goal.
“Real” after that gradually began to recover and in the second half of the time was marked by a long-range shot from Toni Kroos to the crossbar. And then Madrid conceded the second goal. And again, Bernard Silva acted like an evil genius, sending the ball with his head exactly into the goal. Guardiola was jubilant on the edge at the time.
After the break, “Real” tried to change the course of the match, but failed, conceding two more goals. Eder Militao sent the ball into his own goal, and at the end of the match, Julián Álvarez scored the final result: 4:0.
On June 10, in Istanbul, in the Champions League final, Manchester City will face Italian Inter.