This time there was no miracle, nor can Real Madrid win every year, but this time they could and Manchester City knocked off the king’s crown.
So this 10 June at the Olympic Stadium in Istanbul, Manchester City will be looking to regain the crown for the first time when they face Inter Milan in an unprecedented final.
The English, despite being one of the best teams in recent years, have never been champions and the Italians have achieved it three times and come back.
This Wednesday, in an early final, City beat Real Madrid 4-0 thanks to two good goals from Bernardo Silva at the start of the game, an own goal from Militão and a goal from Argentine Julián Álvarez at the end. ,
With that result, Pep Guardiola’s boys progressed to a 5–1 aggregate.
Madrid were better in the second half, but they conceded the only goal against.
Neither change, nor mysticism, nor shield, nor epic could change the result this time.
The first leg was not even played at the Bernabéu, and instead moved to the Etihad Stadium.
City, who have a great team, progressed not only because they scored goals but because they were much better and played real football at home.
Bernardo Silva (left) of Manchester City celebrates scoring against Real Madrid in their Champions League semi-final second leg match on May 17, 2023 in Manchester, England.
Nice job by Guardiola who claimed his revenge after falling in the same instance last year.
And it wasn’t because of Erling Haaland, who curiously drew a blank in this tie. The reason was a towering Thibaut Courtois, who took four shots from point-blank range and took good marking of the white centre-backs.
Meanwhile, in the other semi-final, Inter Milan beat AC Milan 1–0 in the second leg on Tuesday, with Lautaro Martínez’s superb strike from the near post and a 3–0 win on aggregate, securing their first ticket to the final. Did the Champions League.
Inter advanced over Barcelona, along with Bayern Munich they went through to the round of 16 where they were eliminated by Porto and later Benfica in the quarter-finals.
City finished first in their group above Borussia Dortmund and Sevilla, in the round of 16 they knocked out RB Leipzig and Bayern in the quarter-finals.
Singing against Madrid puts him as the clear favorite to lead Oregon.
As for Madrid, despite Barca Parish’s jubilation after the semi-final loss, they have nothing to reproach themselves for.
They lost to the best team and were one step away from playing the finals again to cap off another great season.
They will definitely have to come back stronger because if this match sent out a message that what they have is not enough for them.
Carlo Ancelotti, despite losing this game with Guardiola, has done an excellent job and is not expected to change direction.
It is expected that some players will arrive to strengthen some positions like left back and some stars will come with good present and bright future in this game.
At City we must highlight the fine work in defence, the inclusion of John Stones in midfield, the attacks of Ilkay Gundogan and Kevin De Bruyne and the spirit of exceptional footballer Bernardo Silva, who missed the first leg.
The 4-0 was not an exaggeration, but a result of what was seen in the 90 minutes in Manchester.
“Bernardo always shows up in these kinds of matches. He is one of the best players I have seen in my life”, commented Guardiola.
“Special. Very intelligent, he can play in many positions. Normally, in statistics, he is always the top run-scorer on the team”.
With these citizens smelling like champions, Inter will have to prepare very well.
Stopping the trident of Hollande, Silva and Jack Grealish is already complicated, especially if De Bruyne and Gundogan and a few others are added because this Guardiola team knows what they are playing for.