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Cup Specialist Simone Inzaghi Heading Into Game Of His Life | Football News

Getting Inter Milan to Saturday's Champions League final is the latest achievement in Simone Inzaghi's understated managerial career which has highlighted his ability to perform against the odds. Inzaghi, 47, spent his playing career firmly in the shadow of his older brother Filippo, a prolific goalscorer for Italy's biggest clubs, a two-time European champion and World Cup winner. The younger Inzaghi, also a striker, played most of his career for Lazio, where he is loved by fans despite a modest goal record and a single league title won 23 years ago.However in the managerial game it is Simone who is leading the way, at the helm of one of Europe's traditional powerhouses while Filippo slogs about in the lower leagues.And now he has a chances of winning the biggest honour the club game h...
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Pep Guardiola’s Masterpiece Puts Manchester City On Brink Of Ending Champions League Wait | Football News

Manchester City's time to conquer Europe may have finally come after Real Madrid were slayed by the English champions on Wednesday to reach their second Champions League final.City thrashed the Spanish giants 4-0 at the Etihad for a 5-1 aggregate victory that exacted revenge for a dramatic semi-final exit to Madrid 12 months ago.Pep Guardiola's men are not just closing in on the trophy the club's owners have desired since an Abu-Dhabi backed takeover in 2008 began pouring billions of pounds of investment into the club.Victory against Inter Milan in Istanbul next month could complete a treble of Premier League, FA Cup and Champions League, matching local rivals Manchester United's historic achievement in 1998/99.A fifth league title in six seasons appears a foregone conclusion with City ...
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European Masters Real Madrid Threaten Man City’s Treble Dream | Football News

Manchester City's bid for a historic treble faces the ultimate challenge on Wednesday as Real Madrid visit the Etihad aiming for the chance to retain their Champions League crown. City are four wins away from matching Manchester United's class of 1998/99 as the only side to win the Premier League, Champions League and FA Cup in the same season. Just three points from their final three league games will secure a fifth title in six seasons for Pep Guardiola's men and United await in a first ever Manchester derby in the FA Cup final on June 3.But Madrid pose the biggest obstacle, just as they did at the semi-final stage 12 months ago, as they stand in City's way of reaching the final in Istanbul and conquering Europe.Back then Carlo Ancelotti's men produced a stunning fightback from two go...
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Inter Win Milan Derby To Reach Champions League Final | Football News

Inter Milan reached their first Champions League final for 13 years as Lautaro Martinez's sole goal of the match gave them a 3-0 aggregate win against AC Milan on Tuesday. Inter will undoubtedly be the underdogs against either Real Madrid or Manchester City in Istanbul on June 10, but the way they managed both legs of this all-Milan tie suggests they will be hard to beat. The key moment of the night at the San Siro came when Argentinian Martinez exchanged passes with substitute Romelu Lukaku and drilled a shot from inside the penalty area that Milan goalkeeper Mike Maignan allowed in at his near post.Martinez, Inter's captain, hailed the cohesion of his team over the two matches against their city rivals."What counts is the squad. I experienced it at the World Cup (with Argentina)," he ...
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Kevin de Bruyne Seeks Champions League Vindication To Sparkling Man City Career | Football News

Real Madrid managed to blunt Manchester City's goalscoring phenom Erling Haaland in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final, but there was no stopping the brilliance of Kevin De Bruyne. The Belgian's thunderbolt at the Bernabeu left the tie delicately balanced at 1-1 heading into Wednesday's second leg, but with City oozing confidence thanks to a 100 percent record in 14 home games in 2023.Pep Guardiola's men are four matches away from becoming just the second side to ever win the treble of Premier League, Champions League and FA Cup in the same season.A fifth league title in six seasons is as good as won with a maximum of three points needed from City's final three games.Manchester United will have their chance to prevent the Red Devils' treble in 1998/99 being matched in th...
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“Erling Haaland As Good As Players Around Him”: Ex Man City Player Mark Seagreaves | Football News

Already past the 50-goal mark for Manchester City this season, Erling Haaland was kept quiet by Real Madrid in the UEFA Champions League first leg last week. Fair to say that Carlo Ancelloti's plan largely worked and it was only a screamer from Kevin de Bryne that helped Pep Guardiola's men secure a 1-1 draw. As the two teams gear up for the second leg on Wednesday, there's a sense of wondering over the tactics and gameplay Guardiola would prepare his team for. While Haaland has been absolutely prolific at home this season, former Man City player Mark Seagreaves feels the striker is only as good as the players around him.In a chat with NDTV, Seagreaves gave his insights from the first match between Real Madrid and Man City. Coming into the second leg, the footballer-turned-pundit feels ...
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Carlo Ancelotti To Rest ‘Tired’ Players Ahead Of Manchester City Showdown | Football News

File photo of Real Madrid wingers Vinicius Junior and Rodrygo.© AFPReal Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti said Friday he would rest "tired" players for Saturday's Liga encounter with strugglers Getafe as his team prepares for their crunch Champions League semi-final meeting with Manchester City. Madrid travel to England for next Wednesday's second leg after this week's first leg at the Santiago Bernabeu ended in a 1-1 draw. Ancelotti listed Ballon d'Or winner Karim Benzema, Rodrygo Goes and David Alaba as walking wounded and doubtful starters against Getafe."We still have some doubts with players who picked up knocks Tuesday and have not yet recovered," said Ancelotti."(Ferland) Mendy and (Dany) Ceballos will return, they can play tomorrow."I won't be taking risks as we have fresh players bu...
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Inter Milan Eye Champions League Final After Seeing Off AC Milan | Football News

Inter Milan have one foot in the Champions League final after an impressive 2-0 win over AC Milan in Wednesday's pulsating last-four derby. Inter have the upper hand ahead of Tuesday's second leg of the biggest Milan derby of a generation thanks to strikes in the first 11 minutes from Edin Dzeko and Henrikh Mkhitaryan. Inter could have won by a wider margin as Hakan Calhanoglu smashed a shot off the post and Dzeko wasted a great chance early in the second half, but they are still heavy favourites to reach the final of Europe's top club competition for the first time since they last won it 13 years ago."Sometimes I don't score goals and that's all anyone talks about, but I also give something else," Dzeko told Prime Video after his third goal since January."Today I worked for the team an...
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Kevin De Bruyne Rocket Leaves Man City And Madrid Level 1-1 | Football News

Kevin De Bruyne's brilliant drive earned Manchester City a 1-1 draw at Real Madrid in a gripping Champions League semi-final first leg battle on Tuesday. The Belgian slammed Pep Guardiola's visitors level after Vinicius Junior opened the scoring for the reigning champions from distance in similarly spectacular fashion. Madrid managed to completely shackle lethal striker Erling Haaland but De Bruyne's powerful effort left the tie on a knife edge ahead of the second leg in Manchester next week. The record 14-time winners knocked City out at the same stage last season despite being outplayed in both games, and took the lead at the Santiago Bernabeu against the run of play.However when Madrid found their stride in the second half, City -- still chasing their first ever Champions League trop...
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“Seeking ‘Revenge’ Huge Mistake Against Real Madrid”: Man City Manager Pep Guardiola | Football News

Seeking Champions League revenge against Real Madrid would be a grave error by Manchester City, Pep Guardiola claimed on Monday ahead of their semi-final showdown. The City coach said his team would try and capitalise on an "opportunity" instead of aiming to make Carlo Ancelotti's reigning champions pay for eliminating them at the same stage last season. The former Barcelona player and manager was at odds with City's defensive midfielder Rodri, who said the team were hungry for revenge against the record 14-time winners on Tuesday at the Santiago Bernabeu."It will be a huge mistake, we're not here for revenge, just an opportunity," Guardiola told a news conference."Last season we did everything, more than everything to reach the final, but (in) football... it's not enough."City have nev...