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This is Man City’s year but Internazionale are no Pushovers

This is Man City’s year but Internazionale are no Pushovers
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Only one step is needed for Manchester City and Pep Guardiola to complete the treble and it is the biggest one as they get ready to face Internazionale in the Champions League final this Saturday.

Manchester City have been chasing the Champions League crown for a very long time and they go into this match as favourites. This is a sentiment echoed by former Manchester United and Internazionale defender Mikael Silvestre.

The 2007-08 Champions League winner spoke to us about the final, saying that he’d be surprised if Man City didn’t win. At the same time, he has backed his former side to give a strong showing and not be pushovers.

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I think this is Man City’s year and I’ll be surprised if they don’t win

Silvestre has backed Pep Guardiola’s men to complete the treble, saying that while Inter have quality players, it’ll be hard for them to resist Man City. The Frenchman believes this is City’s year and he’ll be surprised if they don’t win it.

“I think it will be tough for Inter to resist for 90 minutes. They’ve been strong defensively and been able to score goals. Lautaro Martinez, Edin Dzeko, Romelu Lukaku, you have proper strikers and goalscorers.”

“They could create an upset but all the odds are for City to finally win the Champions League and it would be a massive surprise if they didn’t win.”

“Who knows, in 90 minutes, anything is possible.”

“They’ll approach the game and give respect to Inter. They’ve been in this situation before, reaching the final and I think this is their year.”

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Inter are a bit underrated – they will not be pushovers

While the media narrative has already anointed Man City as champions, Silvestre says that Inter have been underrated due to that. This is a club with strong European and domestic pedigree with the second highest number of Serie A titles and three Champions League titles to their name.

Silvestre points to Inter getting out of a group that had Bayern Munich and FC Barcelona, which is a testament to their quality.

“I agree Inter are a bit underrated. This has nothing to do with the league, this is a tournament so you have to progress and take it game after game but don’t forget they made it out of a group that had Bayern Munich and Barcelona. So already, that was a tough ask.”

He also sees Inter’s collective experience as a strong point and doesn’t think they’ll be pushovers.

“It’s a group of players that are super experienced and you can see they’ve managed the difficult situations and beaten good opponents to get there.”

“They need to be respected. They’re not going to be pushovers. Italian teams always make it difficult for the other team to beat them.”

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