La Gazzetta dello Sport hails Inter Milan coach Simone Inzaghi for his intelligent approach against Man City in the Champions League final, even if it ended in a 0-1 defeat.

The 47-year-0ld led his side to the grand finale after eliminating the likes of Barcelona, Benfica and AC Milan. However, the Nerazzurri entered as the underdogs against the Premier League champions who managed to complete a historic treble.

But while many expected a routing similar to the one suffered by Real Madrid in the semifinal, Inter Milan and Inzaghi proved to be a great match for Pep Guardiola and his Man City side.

Therefore, La Gazzetta dello Sport (via FcInterNews) showered the former Lazio manager with praise for what a masterclass performance on the touchline.

As the pink newspaper explains, Inzaghi managed to “normalize” Man City who have been wrecking opponents left and right on both domestic and continental scenes.

The source states that the Italian coach succeeded in nullifying the threat of Erling Haaland, isolating the Norwegian bomber from his teammates.

Moreover, Inzaghi invited Man City to play possession football inside his own areas while displaying a “falsely-submissive attitude”.

However, the report insists that the Nerazzurri didn’t adopt a defensive approach, but were rather smart enough to manage the match, even if the final result didn’t do them justice.

Inter wasted several glorious chances in front of goal, with the likes of Romelu Lukaku and Federico Dimarco coming extremely close to scoring. On the other hand, Rodri’s strike in the 68th was enough to clinch the first Champions League trophy for Man City.