As the highly anticipated Champions League Final 2023 approaches, the stage is set for the grandest showdown in European club football. The most prestigious club tournament is reaching its climax with a thrilling encounter between two exceptional teams that have overcome numerous challenges to reach this pinnacle. English Premier League champions Manchester City are poised to face Inter Milan from Italy in the 31st edition of the Champions League. The atmosphere is charged with excitement and anticipation as football fans around the world eagerly await this historic match, promising a scintillating weekend of sports.
Time and date of the Champions League Final?
Match: Manchester City Vs Inter Milan
Final Date: Saturday, June 10, 2023
Time: 22:00 TRT (Turkey Time)
Venue: Atatürk Olympic Stadium, Istanbul, Turkey
What are the options for watching the Champions League Final?
The championship match of the 2022-23 UEFA Champions League will be broadcasted globally. UEFA has partnered with networks and streaming platforms across Europe and various regions including Africa, Asia, Latin America, North America, the Middle East, and Oceania to provide live coverage of the finals. You can tune in to the following channels or streaming platforms to watch the game.
- Türkiye: EXXEN, TV8
- Africa: SuperSport
- United States of America: CBS, TUDN
- Ukraine: Megogo
- United Kingdom: BT Sport
- France: Canal+, TF1
- Germany: DAZN, ZDF
- Spain: Telefonica, Mediargo, RTVE
- Italy: Mediaset, Sky Italia
- Asia: beIN
- Russia: Матч ТВ
- Kazakhstan: QazSport, Q Sport League
- China: Alibaba, CCTV, IQIYI, MIGU, Tencent
- India and the Indian subcontinent: Sony
- Indonesia: SCTV, Champions TV
2023 UEFA Champions League Final preview
Manchester City, eager to secure their first-ever UEFA Champions League victory and complete a remarkable treble, faces Inter Milan, whose club stature would be elevated with a Champions League title. While Manchester City is considered the frontrunner in this encounter, will Inter Milan manage to upset the English champions? But before we delve into that, let’s take a look at how these teams earned their place in the final.
Under the guidance of Pep Guardiola, Manchester City is making their second appearance in the Champions League Finals. The club has experienced immense success under the Spanish coach, securing numerous major trophies, with the UEFA Champions League being the only elusive prize remaining in Guardiola’s tenure and the club’s history. The season had a rocky start for Manchester City, and it appeared unlikely that they would achieve a three-peat as Premier League winners until Arsenal faltered in the latter stages, allowing City to surpass them at the top of the table. Alongside their triumph in the Premier League, Manchester City recently claimed victory in the FA Cup final against their local rivals, Manchester United.
- Manchester City began their Champions League journey in Group G alongside Sevilla, Dortmund, and Copengham. The team remained unbeaten in the group stage, winning four matches and drawing the remaining two, accumulating 14 points out of a possible 18. This impressive performance secured their position as group winners and propelled them into the round of 16.
- In the round of 16, Manchester City faced RB Leipzig. The German team managed to hold City to a 1-1 draw in the first leg on their home turf. However, Pep Guardiola’s side responded emphatically in the second leg at the Etihad Stadium, delivering a stunning 7-0 victory, arguably the most significant win by any team in a single Champions League game this season.
- Moving on to the quarter-finals, Manchester City encountered Guardiola’s former team, Bayern Munich. Guardiola once again faced off against a familiar opponent, Thomas Tuchel, who had recently taken charge at Munich. The Cityzens showed no mercy against Bayern, comfortably winning the first leg at home by a 3-0 margin. The return leg at the Allianz Arena ended in a 1-1 draw, sealing Manchester City’s progression to the semi-finals.
- In the semi-finals, Manchester City squared off against the formidable Real Madrid, a team with a rich history of Champions League success. The first leg at the Santiago Bernabeu concluded in a 1-1 draw. However, the tides turned dramatically when Real Madrid visited the Etihad for the second leg. Manchester City put on a dominant display, thrashing Real Madrid 4-0 to secure their place in the UEFA Champions League final for the second time in three years.
Inter Milan emerged as the unexpected surprise of the tournament, defying all odds to reach the Champions League final. Despite a challenging Serie A season, where they started slowly, Inter Milan managed to finish third and secure the Coppa Italia trophy. Under the guidance of coach Simone Inzaghi, the team surpassed expectations and reached their first UEFA Champions League final since their triumph in 2010.
- Inter Milan began their Champions League campaign in Group C, alongside Bayern Munich, Barcelona, and Viktoria Plzen. It was a fiercely competitive group, but Inter Milan navigated through with three victories, two defeats, and a draw, securing the second spot and advancing to the round of 16.
- In the round of 16, Inter Milan faced Portuguese side Porto. The first leg at home ended with Inter winning by a solitary goal, and they followed it up with a goalless draw in Portugal, securing a 1-0 aggregate victory and progressing to the quarter-finals.
- In the quarter-finals, Inter Milan encountered Benfica, the champions of Liga Portugal. Inter Milan displayed their strength by winning the first leg 2-0 away from home. Despite an intense second leg at San Siro, which ended in a thrilling 3-3 draw, Inter advanced to the semi-finals with a 5-3 aggregate score.
- The semi-finals saw Inter Milan face their city rivals, AC Milan. In a closely contested battle, Inter Milan emerged victorious, winning both the first and second legs with scores of 2-0 and 1-0, respectively. This remarkable performance propelled them to the UEFA Champions League final, marking their long-awaited return to the grandest stage in club football.
Manchester City Vs Inter Milan expected lineup
- GK: Ederson
- CB: Manuel Akanji
- CB: Ruben Dias
- CB: Kyle Walker
- CDM: Rodri
- CDM: John Stones
- LM: Jack Grealish
- CAM: Ikay Gundogan
- CAM: Kevin De Bruyne
- RM: Bernardo Silva
- ST: Erling Haaland
Manchester City Team News: Kyle Walker (knock) remains doubtful for this game.
- GK: Onana
- CB: Skriniar
- CB: Acerbi
- CB: Bastoni
- RWB: Dumfries
- CM: Barella
- CM: Calhanoglu
- CM: Mhkitaryan
- LWB: Dimarco
- ST: Lautaro
- ST: Dzeko
Inter Milan Team News: Joaquin Correa has been ruled out for the final.