“Regardless Of Opposition, We’re Ready To Win”
Written By Onyeka Daniel
With the semi-finals of the UEFA Champions League over and done with, the final of this season’s UCL is set to hold at the Ataturk Olympic stadium in Turkey between EPL side, Manchester City and Italian side, Inter Milan with the Cityzens being tipped as the favorite going into the game.
Three weeks away from playing one of the most important matches in their recent history, despite being seen as the underdog, the Nerazzurri are refusing to give up even in the face of the difference in quality of the two teams.
Inter Milan president, Steven Zhang in a recent interview projected confidence ahead of the final in Istanbul.
The last time that they were in the final, they won it under Jose Mourinho in 2010 and now, 13 years later, they have another opportunity to lift the biggest trophy in European club football, but standing in their way is an excellent and in-form Manchester City team that demolished Real Madrid 4-0 to reach the final.
Zhang spoke to the Chinese edition of InterTV, “The players are quite calm in important matches.” He said. “Lautaro’s goal against Milan was excellent, and the midfield tandem with Mkhitaryan is also excellent,” he continued.
“The fact that we’ve gotten to the final means that our mentality, our tenacity, and our tactical preparations are among the best in Europe,” Zhang argued. “Regardless of the opponent, Inter are ready to win this final.”
He also touched on the new stadium issue. Inter and AC Milan are trying to build a new stadium, but face bureaucratic hurdles to do so. “The new stadium is necessary for the development of both teams and of the city of Milan,” he argued.
“Regardless of whether or not we win the Champions League, we must have our own stadium.” He further added.
Former Chelsea and current Bayern Munich coach, Thomas Tuchel was close to joining Italian side, Juventus before the Bavarians quickly swooped in for him, according to Germany legend, Luthar Matthaus.
Tuchel had started the season at Chelsea, joining the club in January 2021, replacing Frank Lampard, before he was unceremoniously sacked in September 2022. The former Borussia Dortmund and Paris Saint-Germain boss was quickly snapped up by Bayern Munich after they fired Julian Nagelsmann.
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According to Matthaus, that decision was rushed in large part due to the competition from Juventus. “Tuchel was close to joining Juventus and Bayern were getting nervous,” Matthaus told Goal.com Germany.
“Tuchel was free and Bayern did not believe 100 per cent in Nagelsmann. They couldn’t fire him after winning three titles, so they decided to do it earlier instead. “I honestly thought it was a joke when I heard they’d sacked Nagelsmann, but it wasn’t April 1 yet.”
According to the report, another EPL side, Tottenham Hotspur were also said to be interested in Tuchel after they had parted ways with Antonio Conte, but the Bavarians moved quickly to secure his services.
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