Manchester City and Real Madrid compete in England for a place in the final of the Champions League, in one of the ‘biggest’ games of the season, with Inter Milan trying to maintain the advantage over AC Milan.
On Wednesday, after the 1-1 of the first leg in the Spanish capital, Manchester City, by Rúben Dias and Bernardo Silva, and Real Madrid, current holders of the trophy, star in what promises to be the most anticipated meeting of 2022/23, with the winner going on to the final in Istanbul, the venue this week confirmed by UEFA, and with the status of favorites to clinch the European title.
A day earlier, at the half-final break, the scenario of the Italian duel between Inter and AC Milan was very different, with the ‘nerazzurri’ reaching the second half of the tie with an important advantage of two goals (2-0) and with all the conditions to return to the top of European football.
The ‘millionaire’ Manchester City has been ‘dreaming’ for almost two decades with the much-desired Champions League, in the last seven seasons with Pep Guardiola at the helm, with the Spanish coach having a new opportunity to stay in the eternity of the ‘citizens’.
In a rerun of last season’s semi-final, Real Madrid are hoping for another triumph (even on penalties) to remain ‘owner’ of the most important European club competition and be able to raise the record to 15 conquests, in a season in which who have already won the Copa del Rey in Spain, but in which they no longer have a chance of winning in La Liga.
Historically at a very different level, Manchester City is building what can be an epic season, which can join Champions, the first ever, with the Premier League, in a third championship, and the FA Cup.
In the Champions League, despite the huge investment, the best that the ‘citizens’ achieved was a final, their first ever, in 2020/21, in Porto, in which they ended up defeated by Chelsea (1-0).
In the first leg, at the Bernabéu, the Brazilian Vinícius Júnior scored, in the 36th minute, for Real Madrid, while the Belgian Kevin De Bruyne, in the 67th, scored the goal for City.
In the second and definitive ‘battle’ of Milan, Inter, which ‘swept’ the Portuguese presence in the current edition of the competition, first eliminating FC Porto, in the round of 16, and then Benfica, in the ‘quarter’, will try to keep the advantage of two goals in the tie, against an AC Milan that, due to the image left in the first leg, urgently needs Rafael Leão to recover from injury in time to be present at San Siro.
Seven times European champions, the last one in 2007, AC Milan had a first leg of disaster, with Inter having a demolishing first half, with goals from Bosnian Dzeko, in the eighth minute, and from Armenian Mkhitaryan, in the 11th minute.
The Champions League final is scheduled for June 10 in Istanbul.journey program
Tuesday, May 9, 2023
Wednesday, May 10, 2023
Tuesday, May 16, 2023
Inter – Milan, 20:00
Wednesday, May 17, 2023
Man City – Real Madrid, 20:00
Source: Futebol 365 by www.futebol365.pt.
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