The final of the UEFA Champions League is coming up, with Manchester City facing Inter Milan. We report in the news ticker about the final in Istanbul.
- Champions League final between Manchester City and Inter Milan
- English top team clear favourites in Istanbul final
- ZDF provides a novelty on German television
- This news ticker for the Champions League final will be updated continuously
+++ 15.39 PM: For the first time in the history of German television, a woman will comment on the men's Champions League final. Claudia Neumann is in Istanbul for the free TV channel ZDF and succeeds Bela Réthy, who retired at the beginning of January. In addition to Neumann, murderer Jochen Breyer and the two experts Per Mertesacker and Christoph Kramer will be on duty.
Update from Saturday, June 10, 14:15 p.m.: The referee of the Champions League final between Manchester City and Inter Milan will be Szymon Marciniak. At the end of May, the referee took part in an event hosted by the far-right politician Slawomir Mentzen of the "Konfederacja" party. After the event in Katowice, Poland, Marciniak apologized: "I had no knowledge that she was connected to a Polish far-right movement. Had I known this fact, I would have categorically declined the invitation." UEFA decided against a replacement for the final in Istanbul.
Szymon Marciniak referees the Champions League final. © Imago
First report: Istanbul – The UEFA Champions League final will take place in Istanbul, Turkey. The English champions Manchester City will face the Italian top club Inter Milan. On paper, the Premier League club are favourites, but Inter showed that they can cause a surprise at any time in the Champions League.
Champions League final: Manchester City favourites
The majority of neutral spectators are likely to be in favor of the underdog Inter Milan. Manchester City is not very popular on the transfer market because of its high spending, as Uwe Rösler, former striker of the "Sky Blues", also knows. "Success has been achieved through hard, even very clever work at all levels. Sporty as well as in terms of image. This, too, should not be forgotten in the evaluation. Because I know that a lot of people don't begrudge City their success," he said in an interview with Kicker sports magazine.
The 54-year-old does not share the opinion that City is swimming in money. "I don't think money flows in unlimited quantities. City is clearly pursuing its business plan. For years, the club has been selling numerous players from its academy, which is one of the best not only in England, for a lot of money. That's one of the reasons why City is now on a sound footing," Rösler continued.
Uwe Rösler (right), ex-Manchester City player. © Imago
Despite the clearly divided roles in the final of the Champions League, Inter Milan reckons they have a chance. "Manchester City are obviously a strong team. Pep Guardiola's team has many superstars in their ranks alongside Kevin De Bruyne, Ilkay Gundogan and Erling Haaland. But especially in football, there are hundreds of examples in which the supposedly smaller beats the bigger one. You have to beat us first," said German international Robin Gosens to the Rheinische Post.
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Champions League final: Inter Milan believe in chance
"We've proven that we play good football. We'll definitely throw everything into it to win this final," Gosens promised the Inter fans and dreams of a big triumph: "But it fits in with my extraordinary career. Without ever having seen a youth academy, I found my way into paid football quite late. I've never stopped dreaming."
On the way to the final, Inter Milan survived the group stage behind FC Bayern in second place. In the knockout phase, the Italians then knocked FC Porto, SSC Napoli and AC Milan out of the competition. Manchester City did not show any weakness and won their group confidently. Subsequently, RB Leipzig, FC Bayern and Real Madrid were left behind. (smr)