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5 things to know as Manchester City clash with Inter Milan in UCL final

5 things to know as Manchester City clash with Inter Milan in UCL final 1

Manchester City and Inter Milan are the two finalists competing to win the 2022–23 UEFA Champions League out of the 78 clubs that entered.

This match will conclude the 68th season of the UEFA European Cup. It will also be the 31st season since the name was changed from the European Champion Clubs’ Cup to the UEFA Champions League.

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The winner will automatically qualify for the 2023–24 UEFA Champions League group stage.

Here are five things you should know as Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City and the Italian giants Inter Milan compete for the crown.

Where and when

The final match between Manchester City and Inter Milan will hold in Atatürk Olympic Stadium, Istanbul, Turkey on Saturday, June 10 at 3:00 pm ET.

How Inter Milan got to the final

Few football fans would have imagined Inter reaching the final when the draw was made at the start of the season. Most expected them to fail at the first hurdle after being drawn in Group C alongside Bayern Munich and Barcelona.

However, two victories over the Spanish giants propelled Simone Inzaghi’s team into the knockout stage with Bayern, where they have been quite comfortable in getting past their three opponents. Porto posed the most difficult challenge in the last 16 before a pair of comfortable aggregate triumphs over Benfica and Milan.

How Manchester City got to the final

Manchester City always find themselves among the favourites when the pre-season Champions League odds are released, despite their misfortune in this competition over the last decade.

That was the case again this time, and they have demonstrated throughout the campaign why the bookmakers regard them so highly. This season, they have yet to be defeated in Europe, and none of their opponents have been able to land a glove on them.

Man City vs. Inter Milan starting XIs
Projected Manchester City Starting Eleven (3-2-4-1): Ederson; Walker, Dias Akanji; Stones, Rodri, Silva, De Bruyne, Gundogan, Grealish; Haaland
Projected Inter Milan Starting Eleven (3-5-2): Onana; Skriniar, Acerbi, Bastoni; Dumfries, Barella, Calhanoglu, Brozovic, Dimarco; Dzeko, Martinez

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Match officials

UEFA has appointed Polish referee Szymon Marciniak to take charge of the final alongside Paweł Sokolnicki and Tomasz Listkiewicz as assistant referees and Tomasz Kwiatkowski as the video assistant referee (VAR).

The four officials had all previously officiated together in the World Cup final about six months ago. Bartosz Frankowski will be the Assistant VAR, with Romanian István Kovács serving as the fourth official.

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