Former Man City and Inter Milan coach and current Italian national team boss Roberto Mancini feels that the Nerazzurri can’t be ruled out in the Champions League final on Saturday.
Speaking to Rome-based newspaper Corriere dello Sport in an interview published in today’s print edition, via FCInterNews, Mancini gave his thoughts ahead of the final.
It’s not hard to see why many regard Manchester City as big favourites in the upcoming Champions league final.
The Cityzens have been in imperious form both domestically in Europe.
Pep Guardiola’s men have seen off Arsenal to win their fifth Premier League title in six season. Meanwhile, in the FA Cup City dispatched city rivals Manchester United in the final.
In Europe, it’s been more of the same story from City.
The Premier League giants have blown away all of RB Leipzig, Bayern Munich, and Real Madrid in the knockouts.
This certainly gives Inter a stern warning regarding what they’re up against in Istanbul.
However, for his part, Mancini feels that it would be wrong to underestimate the Nerazzurri or be pessimistic.
Mancini: Man City “Complete” But Don’t Rule Inter Milan Out
Former Inter and City coach Mancini said of City that “They’re a complete team. They have quality and solutions. They’re full of talent.”
“I don’t know if they’re the strongest team in the world,” he continued. “But they’re the ones who know how to play the best football.”
“Inter also have good players though,” Mancini said. He called Inter “A solid team, it’s not easy to score against this Nerazzurri team.”
“I can’t give you a percentage,” he said as far as predictions.
“It’s a one-off match, anything can happen.”
Mancini then posed, “I’d ask this question: What do you think happens if Inter take the lead?”
“Anything can happen in ninety minutes.”
“In terms of the team that they are and what they’ve done in the past ten years in terms of results, City are the favourites on paper,” Mancini said. “But anything can happen in a final.”
“Inter don’t start the match already beaten,” he added. “It’s a totally open final.”