Legendary former Inter Milan, Lazio, and Atletico Madrid striker Christian Vieri anticipates that Man City striker Erling Haaland may have trouble up against the marking of the Inter back three in the Champions League final.
Speaking on Christian Vieri’s Twitch channel, via FCInter1908, Vieri also argued that the Nerazzurri have a stronger midfield than City.
One of the key themes of the Champions League final next month is likely to be whether Inter can stop Haaland.
The Norwegian international has looked absolutely impossible to contain at times this season.
Since joining the Cityzens from Borussia Dortmund last summer, the 22-year-old has already established himself as the most prolific striker in the Premier League.
Haaland has scored 36 goals in the English top flight, whilst in all competitions he has scored a stunning 52 goals. This has included finding the back of the net ten times in the Champions League.
Obviously, Inter will be wary of the threat that Haaland poses.
The question will be, how do they stop him.
Francesco Acerbi is likely to be the man to start at the heart of Inter’s back three. However, he will need the help of his teammates.
This will mean goalkeeper Andre Onana, as well as potentially the covering of midfielders and wingbacks.
However, from the perspective of former striker Vieri, it will be the other defenders in the back three working as a unit to mark Haaland that will be key.
Vieri: Man City Star Haaland Will Struggle Against Inter Milan Back Three
The former Inter striker made a bold prediction, “In my opinion, Haaland will struggle. The back three will mark him very well, he’s alone against three defenders.”
“Inter’s attack is also stronger for me, they have three players who scored,” he continued. “For City, only Haaland scores.”
“The Nerazzurri midfield is extremely strong,” Vieri noted.
The former striker also argued that” In my opinion Inter will not defend as deep as everyone thinks against City.”
“I would go and attack them,” he suggested. “I would never let them get out.”
He argued that “Inter’s midfield is stronger than City’s for me.”
“I wouldn’t be afraid of them,” he said. “I would try to play to score goals, because sooner or later City will score one against you.”