Inter Milan Surpasses Expectations to Reach First Champions League Final in 13 Years.
Inter Milan, dubbed underdogs, have secured their spot in the Champions League final after a remarkable journey. Their opponents in the final, set to take place on June 10th in Istanbul, will be determined when Real Madrid and Manchester City conclude their closely contested tie. Following a convincing 3-0 aggregate victory over their fierce rivals AC Milan, Inter vice-president Javier Zanetti expressed his desire to avoid the formidable 14-time champions, Real Madrid.
Football journalist Guillem Balague believes that Inter’s achievement of reaching the final is nothing short of a “miracle” regardless of the final outcome. Inter finished as runners-up to Bayern Munich in the group stage, which also featured Barcelona. They then overcame Portuguese clubs Porto and Benfica before triumphing in the first Milan derby in European competition in two decades.
Manager Simone Inzaghi acknowledged the incredible journey his team has embarked upon and expressed his satisfaction in winning a derby in the semi-final. He acknowledged the strength of their potential final opponents, describing Real Madrid and Manchester City as two of the best teams in Europe.
Lautaro Martinez, the World Cup-winning striker, who scored the crucial goal in the second leg that ignited celebrations among Inter supporters, shared his joy and gratitude. He described playing in the Champions League final as a dream and expressed his love for the beautiful game of football.
Manchester City or Real Madrid Poised as Strong Favorites
Inter Looks to Repeat 2010 Champions League Upset against Real Madrid or Manchester City
Inter Milan’s most recent Champions League victory came in 2010 when they defied the odds and defeated favorites Bayern Munich under the guidance of Jose Mourinho. Now, they face the challenge of pulling off an even greater upset against either Real Madrid or Manchester City, who are currently tied at 1-1 after the first leg in Spain.
While acknowledging that Real Madrid or Manchester City would be considered heavy favorites, football pundits recognize Inter as a well-balanced team that could pose problems for their opponents. Despite falling behind in the Serie A title race and finishing 17 points behind champions Napoli, Inter has thrived in cup competitions. Under manager Simone Inzaghi, their organized defensive approach has led to an impressive eight clean sheets in the competition, the most among all teams.
Although many expect the winner of the other tie to have the upper hand against Inter, experts and former players are cautious about underestimating the Italian side. They believe that Inter’s ability to come through in important moments and their resilience make them formidable opponents.
Inter vice-president Javier Zanetti, who was part of the club’s triumphant 2010 Champions League-winning team, expressed great emotion at the prospect of reaching the final after 13 years. He emphasized the significance of the team’s achievement regardless of their upcoming opponents, acknowledging the challenging path they have overcome.
As Inter Milan prepares for the Champions League final, they enter the match as underdogs once again, but their determination and track record of success in crucial moments make them a team capable of causing an upset.