Manchester City will meet Inter Milan in the 2023 Champions League final in Turkey on June 10th, with Pep Guardiola’s side looking to lift their first-ever Champions League trophy, while the Nerazzurri will be looking for their first European cup since 2010.
The Premier League Champions booked their spot in the final of the competition with ease in the end, thrashing 14 time Champions League winners Real Madrid 4-0 in the second leg after the first leg had ended all square.
Inter got through in similarly simple fashion, with two goals in the first 13 minutes of their tie against City rivals AC Milan proving enough to send them through 2-0 on aggregate after a disciplined but largely uneventful second leg.
And the Champions League final is set to make history irrespective of the final scoreline, with the two sides facing off for the first time in their history when they meet in Turkey.
Across their history, the two sides have never locked horns, largely thanks to Manchester City’s rare appearances in European Cups before 2009, and it adds another dimension that will already see Edin Dzeko line up against his old side and ex-Manchester United trio Matteo Darmian, Romelu Lukaku and Henrikh Mkhitaryan all feature for the Nerazzurri.
It is the first time that two sides have met for the first time in a final since Inter’s rivals AC Milan played Manchester City rivals Liverpool in 2005, a game that also took place in Istanbul and ended with the English side lifting the trophy.
Guardiola’s side will head into the tie as overwhelming favourites, and will be looking to crown what could be a historic treble, with the Premier League title firmly in their hands and an FA Cup final against Manchester United the week before this game.
Inter, meanwhile, will be looking to upset the odds and produce a first Champions League win since 2010, earning themselves a cup double in the process.