CL round-up: Kane sends Bayern into knockout stage

Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Inter Milan and Real Sociedad all booked their places in the knockout stages of the Champions League with two games to spare on a dramatic night of European action.

Bayern made it four wins out of four in Group A but only after a frantic finish in their 2-1 win over Galatasaray.

The visitors had the ball in the net just after the hour but Lucas Torreira was offside, and Bayern took the lead when Harry Kane flicked in Joshua Kimmich’s free-kick with 10 minutes to go, with the goal awarded following a VAR check after initially being ruled offside.

Kane then doubled the lead with his 25th career Champions League goal, turning in Mathys Tel’s cross in the 86th minute, and they needed the cushion as Cedric Bakambu scored for Galatasaray in stoppage time.

Meanwhile, Real Madrid cruised through with a 3-0 win over Braga. They overcame an early scare when Alvaro Djalo missed a penalty for the visitors after Lucas Vazquez fouled Cristian Borja just four minutes in, but once Brahim Diaz put them in front in the 27th minute there was no looking back.

Vinicius Junior and Rodrygo added to the scoreline with two goals in five minutes early in the second half, and there was no way back for the visitors.

The other Group C game between Napoli and Union Berlin ended 1-1 as David Fofana’s first Union goal – and the club’s first away from home in the Champions League – cancelled out Matteo Politano’s opener.

Inter edged out RB Salzburg 1-0 in Austria to secure their progress, with the game decided by Lautaro Martinez’s 84th-minute penalty after Mads Bidstrup handled in the area.

And that result also saw Real Sociedad go through from Group D after their 3-1 win over Benfica earlier in the evening.

Early goals from Mikel Merino and Mikel Oyarzabal had Sociedad in control after just 11 minutes and it was 3-0 10 minutes later as Ander Barrenetxea fired into the roof of the net.

Brais Mendez hit the post with a penalty just before the half hour and Rafa Silva pulled one back for Benfica early in the second half, but Sociedad comfortably took the points.

And in Group B, Luuk de Jong’s 12th-minute header was enough to hand PSV Eindhoven a 1-0 win over Lens, who had substitute Morgan Guilavogui sent off late on.

Man Utd complete £47.2m Onana deal

Manchester United have completed the £47.2m signing of goalkeeper Andre Onana from Inter Milan.

Onana has signed a five-year deal at Old Trafford with the option of a further year, as he replaces the departed David De Gea, who left the club after 12 years as the club’s first-choice stopper.

The transfer fee for the 27-year-old Cameroon international is an initial €51m (£43.8m), plus €4m (£3.4m) in potential add-ons, depending on individual and club performance.

United boss Erik ten Hag worked with Onana at Ajax, where they won three league titles and two KNVB Cups together and reached the Champions League semi-finals in 2019.

The goalkeeper, who has kept 104 clean sheets in 255 appearances throughout his club career, joined Inter Milan in 2022 and won the Coppa Italia during his time at the San Siro.

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“To join Manchester United is an incredible honour and I have worked hard all my life to get to this moment, overcoming many obstacles along the way,” Onana said.

“Walking out at Old Trafford to defend our goal and contribute to the team will be another amazing experience. This is the start of a new journey for me, with new teammates, and new ambitions to fight for.

“Manchester United has a long history of incredible goalkeepers, and I will now give everything to create my own legacy in the coming years. I am excited by the opportunity to work again with Erik ten Hag, and I can’t wait to play my part in the success I know he is determined to deliver at this great football club.”

Kaveh: Ten Hag has the goalkeeper he wants

Andre Onana could be set to reunite with Ten Hag at Old Trafford
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Andre Onana has been reunited with Ten Hag at Old Trafford

Sky Sports News chief reporter Kaveh Solhekol:

“Erik ten Hag has got the goalkeeper he wants for next season. You have to say it’s an incredible deal for Inter Milan, because they signed Onana last summer on a free transfer and are now selling him for up to almost £48m.

“Ten Hag knows him well because he worked with him at Ajax.

“He’s a modern goalkeeper. He can play out from the back, is very comfortable on the ball and likes to take risks – so many, in fact, he was sent home from the World Cup by the manager of Cameroon because he was unhappy with how much he was playing out.

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“He’s a bit of a contrast from David De Gea. Everyone talks about how you need a goalkeeper who’s comfortable on the ball and can play out from the back in modern football, and Onana can certainly do that – he was exceptional for Inter, helping them get to the Champions League final.

“He has had a bit of history with Ten Hag before, they fell out a couple of times at Ajax and he was dropped, and he also served a nine-month ban for a doping violation, but Ten Hag wanted a new goalkeeper and he’s got his man.”

Analysis: Why Onana can elevate Man Utd

Sky Sports digital football journalist Zinny Boswell:

“Andre Onana represents the modern goalkeeper. He can play with his feet, he’s mobile which allows him to play as a sweeper ‘keeper. But most importantly, he’s confident. That’s going to be the key for him at Man Utd. They’ll hope he will be able to deal with what Gary Neville describes as the most pressurised role in English football.

“The key thing behind Onana’s arrival will be that he unlocks Man Utd’s build-up play. We saw Lisandro Martinez arrive last season from Ajax and it just had such a big impact on the confidence of the team when playing out from the back. We’ve also seen David De Gea’s shortcomings in that area hold the team back.

“Looking at the stats, Onana outperforms De Gea across passing frequency, passing accuracy, long passes and long passing accuracy. But we can also see that Onana tends to go short more often. In terms of the way Ten Hag is trying to play, with the aim of controlling games, Onana will be the perfect goalkeeper for the Dutchman.

“If the goalkeeper is stuttering over his passes that spreads throughout the team. As we’ve seen with Man Utd over the last season they’ve been pretty fragile at times. They could do with a bit of confidence at the back.”

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Man Utd agree Onana deal worth potential £47.2m

Manchester United have agreed a deal worth up to (€55m) £47.2m for Inter Milan goalkeeper Andre Onana.

The breakthrough follows days of talks between the clubs, with the deal including an initial fee of €51m (£43.8m), plus €4m (£3.4m) in potential add-ons, depending on individual and club performance.

Onana flew to England on Tuesday for a medical and formally sign his Manchester United contract.

If everything can be done in time, it is hoped the goalkeeper can fly with the squad for the club’s pre-season tour. United play Lyon at Murrayfield on Wednesday before flying to the US after the game, where they stay until the end of July.

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Manchester United have agreed a deal with Inter Milan that allows Andre Onana to join the Red Devils. The Cameroonian goalkeeper was spotted arriving at Milan airport as he pursues a move to Old Trafford.

Onana has made clear his intention to move to Old Trafford and reunite with his former Ajax manager, Erik ten Hag, who is driving the move for the 27-year-old.

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United are also exploring the signing of Japan ‘keeper Zion Suzuki from Urawa Red Diamonds after David De Gea failed to agree terms on a new contract and announced his exit on a free transfer earlier this month.

Kaveh: Ten Hag has the goalkeeper he wants

Sky Sports News chief reporter Kaveh Solhekol:

“Erik ten Hag has got the goalkeeper he wants for next season. You have to say it’s an incredible deal for Inter Milan, because they signed Onana last summer on a free transfer and are now selling him for up to almost £48m.

“Ten Hag knows him well because he worked with him at Ajax.

“He’s a modern goalkeeper. He can play out from the back, is very comfortable on the ball and likes to take risks – so many, in fact, he was sent home from the World Cup by the manager of Cameroon because he was unhappy with how much he was playing out.

“He’s a bit of a contrast from David De Gea. Everyone talks about how you need a goalkeeper who’s comfortable on the ball and can play out from the back in modern football, and Onana can certainly do that – he was exceptional for Inter, helping them get to the Champions League final.

“He has had a bit of history with Ten Hag before, they fell out a couple of times at Ajax and he was dropped, and he also served a nine-month ban for a doping violation, but Ten Hag wanted a new goalkeeper and he’s got his man.”

Analysis: Why Onana can elevate Man Utd

Sky Sports digital football journalist Zinny Boswell:

“Andre Onana represents the modern goalkeeper. He can play with his feet, he’s mobile which allows him to play as a sweeper ‘keeper. But most importantly, he’s confident. That’s going to be the key for him at Man Utd. They’ll hope he will be able to deal with what Gary Neville describes as the most pressurised role in English football.

“The key thing behind Onana’s arrival will be that he unlocks Man Utd’s build-up play. We saw Lisandro Martinez arrive last season from Ajax and it just had such a big impact on the confidence of the team when playing out from the back. We’ve also seen David De Gea’s shortcomings in that area hold the team back.

“Looking at the stats, Onana outperforms De Gea across passing frequency, passing accuracy, long passes and long passing accuracy. But we can also see that Onana tends to go short more often. In terms of the way Ten Hag is trying to play, with the aim of controlling games, Onana will be the perfect goalkeeper for the Dutchman.

“If the goalkeeper is stuttering over his passes that spreads throughout the team. As we’ve seen with Man Utd over the last season they’ve been pretty fragile at times. They could do with a bit of confidence at the back.”

West Ham interested in McTominay

West Ham are interested in midfielder Scott McTominay, though United have yet to receive any official bids.

The Scotland international has two years left on his contract, with the option of a further 12 months.

Elsewhere, dialogue remains open with Galatasaray over the signing of midfielder Fred, with early suggestions indicating a gap in valuation.

Fulham enquired earlier in the window and remain interested – but not at the current asking price – while clubs from Saudi Arabia are also thought to be keen.

Fred has entered the final year of his contract at Old Trafford.

United will sanction the re-opening of talks with Nottingham Forest over Dean Henderson, but only if they can complete a deal for Onana.

Everton also remain in talks with United over the signing of Anthony Elanga.

United remain in talks with Atalanta over Hojlund

Man Utd’s focus is on Onana for now but they still hope to get a deal done for Atalanta striker Rasmus Hojlund.

There is a willingness from all parties to get a deal done, with Hojlund keen on the move.

Atalanta striker Rasmus Hojlund

If there are departures in defence and midfield, United will look at their options.

They remain interested in Fiorentina’s Sofyan Amrabat. The Morocco international played under Ten Hag at Utrecht.

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Chelsea and Lukaku want summer exit

Romelu Lukaku did not join up with Chelsea for pre-season on Wednesday as originally planned.

The decision for the forward to not link up with the Chelsea squad was mutually agreed by Lukaku and the club.

New manager Mauricio Pochettino previously said he expected all returning players, including Lukaku, to come to his office for an introductory conversation.

All parties agree the right option is for the Belgium striker to move on, with Lukaku favouring a move to Inter Milan despite interest from Saudi Arabia.

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Chelsea agree with Lukaku that a new start is best for all parties

Chelsea hope that delaying his return to London will allow the clubs more time to find a solution.

Inter are yet to agree a deal with Chelsea but negotiations are ongoing. Chelsea leave for their US tour on 17 July and hope a deal can be reached before then.

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Chelsea then head to London rivals West Ham on August 19 before welcoming newly promoted Luton Town to Stamford Bridge on August 26.

Pochettino, who begins his role with the Blues on July 1, will visit his former club Tottenham on November 4 with the return fixture scheduled for February 24.

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Juve in Chelsea talks to sign Lukaku ahead of Inter | Milan agree Pulisic deal

Juventus have held talks with Chelsea over the signing of striker Romelu Lukaku.

Inter Milan have made it clear they want Lukaku to return to the San Siro, but have yet to make a satisfactory offer to Chelsea for the Belgium international frontman.

It is thought Inter may need to raise money from potential player sales in order to fund a move for Lukaku.

Saudi Arabian side Al Hilal also remain interested in signing the 30-year-old, who signed for Chelsea from Inter for £97.5m in August 2021. Inter remain in talks with Manchester United over the transfer of keeper Andre Onana.

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Chelsea manager Mauricio Pochettino says he does not know what happened with Mason Mount but insists the club have to move on following his departure.

Speaking at his press conference after taking charge at Chelsea, Mauricio Pochettino said he expects Chelsea’s forgotten striker Lukaku to report back for pre-season next week.

Lukaku spent last season on loan at Inter after he fell out of favour at Chelsea following a controversial interview in which he said he was not happy under former head coach Thomas Tuchel.

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Mauricio Pochettino says if you manage a club like Chelsea then results are more important than playing well.

The striker wants to remain in Italy, but it is unclear whether Inter have enough funds to meet Chelsea’s demands.

“He needs to come back July 12-13 to be part of the squad to start pre-season,” Pochettino said.

“With all the players that arrive, the first thing they do is to come to my office and say hello. That’s what I expect if he’s still a Chelsea player.”

AC Milan agree deal with Chelsea for Pulisic

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Christian Pulisic looks to be on his way to AC Milan

Meanwhile, AC Milan have agreed a deal to sign Chelsea forward Christian Pulisic for a fee understood to be €22m.

Pulisic has been given permission to have a medical with the seven-time European champions and finalise personal terms.

Chelsea have also negotiated a significant sell-on percentage on any future transfer.

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Chelsea’s club-captain Cesar Azpilicueta was reduced to tears as he bid farewell to the club after 11 years at Stamford Bridge.

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Optimism over Man Utd’s Onana deal | Positive talks continue for Hojlund

Manchester United remain in dialogue with Inter Milan as they work to find a compromise over the fee for Andre Onana, which could be in the region of £45m (€52.5m) inclusive of add-ons.

The Serie A side’s total valuation for their goalkeeper is £51m (€60m) and their public stance is he will remain at the club unless that figure is met.

There is optimism, however, United can find a compromise with a willingness from all parties to get a deal done.

United’s opening bid of £38.5m (€45m) was duly rejected but sources close to the player believe there is a desire from all parties to reach a resolution before Onana is due to report for Inter’s pre-season on July 13.

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Inter Milan value goalkeeper Andre Onana at £51m (€60m)

Inter director Piero Ausilio has intimated offers for Onana will be evaluated as they attempt to raise money to fund a move for Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku.

Onana has made clear his intention to move to Old Trafford and reunite with his former Ajax manager, Erik ten Hag, who is driving the move for the 27-year-old.

Sky Sports News has been told there is optimism a proposal of around £40m up front plus £5m in add-ons (€52.5m) could get a deal over the line.

United have been very strong on not bending their price points on targets this summer.

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Onana’s desire to join the club, plus his suitability for and understanding of Ten Hag’s demands in the position, makes him their top goalkeeping target.

However, United continue to do due diligence on other options – Justin Bijlow, David Raya and Diogo Costa have been among them – in case common ground with Inter cannot be found.

United exploring Suzuki deal

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Zion Suzuki of Urawa Red Diamonds is a Manchester United goalkeeper target

United are also looking to recruit a number two goalkeeper and are exploring a deal for Zion Suzuki of Japanese side Urawa Red Diamonds.

The 20-year-old has already won a senior cap for Japan.

With United pursuing two goalkeepers, it now seems increasingly unlikely David de Gea will be signing a new contract.

The Spaniard is a free agent after his contract expired last week.

Man Utd continue positive Hojlund talks

Atalanta striker Rasmus Hojlund

Manchester United also continue to hold positive talks with Atalanta over the signing of striker Rasmus Hojlund.

Like Onana, discussions centre on the fee and structure of payments.

United are encouraged by the Dane’s willingness to join with personal terms not expected to be a problem.

‘Goalkeeper and striker now priorities for Man Utd’

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Sky Sports News reporter Dharmesh Sheth:

“It looks like Manchester United’s two priority positions are goalkeeper and striker now. Where the goalkeeper situation sits on the priority list seems to be fluctuating nearly every single week with David de Gea’s future so uncertain. He’s obviously now out of contract but we’ve been told dialogue remains open between the club and De Gea over a new contract.

“But United, as any big club would do in that situation, are doing due diligence on other goalkeepers and they have made a move now for Inter Milan’s Andre Onana. There is a gap in valuation, though, with Inter understood to want around €60m (£51m).

“There is a feeling that a compromise can be struck but if it can’t, United will look at alternatives to Onana while the De Gea situation is lurking in the background.

“As for Atalanta striker Rasmus Hojlund, a gap in valuation exists in that deal too, but United are continuing to work on it.”

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Chelsea to formalise Caicedo interest | Inter working on Lukaku deal

Chelsea continue to explore the market for a midfielder and are expected to formalise their interest in Brighton midfielder Moises Caicedo soon.

It is thought Chelsea are getting encouragement the player would join if a deal can be agreed between the clubs, with personal terms not expected to be a problem.

Chelsea were interested in signing Caicedo in January but the 21-year-old Ecuador international opted to sign a new deal at Brighton before helping deliver a sixth-place finish in the Premier League and European qualification for the first time in the club’s history.

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One source has told Sky Sports News that Chelsea are also looking at Southampton midfielder Romeo Lavia, who has been linked with Liverpool and Arsenal this summer.

Inter working on Lukaku deal

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Inter Milan’s Romelu Lukaku in action vs Fiorentina on April 1, 2023

Inter Milan continue to work on a deal to sign Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku.

Chelsea’s stance remains unchanged and they have no intention of allowing the 30-year-old Belgium international to leave on a straight loan.

Inter are thought to favour a loan with an obligation to buy Lukaku, who wants to return to the San Siro after spending last season on loan at the Champions League finalists.

Milan working on Pulisic move

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AC Milan are still working on a deal for Chelsea forward Christian Pulisic.

No official offer has been made yet, but it’s thought Pulisic would favour a move to Milan over Lyon.

Lyon have an offer on the table worth €25m for the 24-year-old United States international.

Azpilicueta nearing Chelsea exit

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Chelsea’s Cesar Azpilicueta in action against Manchester United

Chelsea are close to agreeing a mutual termination of the final year in captain Cesar Azpilicueta’s contract.

The 33-year-old will then be a free agent and is expected to join Atletico Madrid.

Negotiations have been excellent with strong mutual respect between club and player, who captained Chelsea to their second Champions League title in 2021.

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Rodri’s goal secures sensational treble for Man City

Manchester City completed the treble with a hard-fought 1-0 win over Inter Milan in the Champions League final in Istanbul.

Rodri’s side-footed finish midway through the second half broke Inter’s resistance and though Federico Dimarco hit the crossbar with a header before Ederson saved sensationally from Romelu Lukaku, City held on to make history in the Ataturk Olympic Stadium.

Having already overhauled Arsenal to retain the Premier League trophy and beaten Manchester United to lift the FA Cup at Wembley, this victory saw them match the achievement of their city rivals in 1999. Pep Guardiola was in tears afterwards.

Player ratings

Man City: Ederson (8), Akanji (7), Dias (8), Ake (7), Stones (8), Rodri (9), De Bruyne (7), Gundogan (7), Haaland (7), Grealish (7).

Subs: Foden (7), Walker (7).

Inter: Onana (7), Dumfries (6), Acerbi (7), Bastoni (7), Darmian (7), Barella (7), Brozovic (7), Calhanoglu (6), Dimarco (7), Dzeko (6), Lautaro Martinez (6).

Subs: Lukaku (4), Gosens (6), Bellanova (6), Mkhitaryan (6), D’Ambrosio (6).

Player of the match: Rodri

The Catalan coach has won it all at City but this was the one they have been waiting for – champions of Europe for the first time. For Guardiola, it ends his 12-year wait to win the competition for a third time as a coach and a fourth time overall.

How Man City made history in Turkey

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Ilkay Gundogan lifts the Champions League trophy as Man City celebrate

It was tight and it was tense. Fraught with jeopardy, of course, but difficulty too.

City’s task was made more difficult when Kevin De Bruyne trudged off injured in the first half, the second time in three seasons that he has departed a Champions League final with the game in the balance.

Ederson looked nervy early on, showing moments of sloppiness that hinted at the scale of the occasion. Rodri was misplacing passes. Erling Haaland broke clear once but his shot was saved. It was City’s best chance in the opening 45 minutes against an organised Inter.

Manchester City's Kevin De Bruyne is assisted after getting injured during the Champions League final
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Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne is assisted after getting injured during the Champions League final

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Kyle Walker was only among the substitutes so Nathan Ake came into the Manchester City team in the only change from the two-legged semi-final against Real Madrid.

Inter went with former City striker Edin Dzeko up front partnering Lautaro Martinez. Former Manchester United duo Romelu Lukaku and Henrikh Mkhitaryan were on the bench.

The task did not become easier once Lukaku replaced Edin Dzeko and Inter could have led had Ederson not denied Lautaro Martinez from a narrow angle after Manuel Akanji inexplicably allowed the ball to run through. Guardiola was on his knees in despair.

It was joy soon after. Akanji slipped a pass through to Bernardo Silva and his cut-back deflected into the path of the oncoming Rodri. The midfielder measured his finish, bending it beyond two Inter defenders and into the corner of the net to break the deadlock.

Rodri had been left on the bench for the Champions League final against Chelsea in 2021. Not this time. His goal will rank among the most important in City’s history, a moment to rival the Sergio Aguero title-winning strike of 11 years earlier. But it was not the end.

Dimarco capitalised on uncertainty inside the City box and his looping header beat Ederson only to come back off the crossbar. The second chance looked more straightforward but this time Dimarco’s header struck the legs of Lukaku. A fortunate escape.

Lukaku had a clearer opportunity with just minutes remaining. Robin Gosens centred the ball and the striker just had to beat Ederson from close range. His header was firm but not in the corner, the goalkeeper producing an astonishing stop to keep the ball out.

It is a save that will be talked about for years. A night that will be talked about for years. Manchester City are champions of Europe.

The treble is theirs.

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Man City players reflect on hard-fought win

“I was awful but I don’t care,” Jack Grealish told BT Sport afterwards. “To win the treble with this group of players is so special. This is what you work your whole life for. I am so happy.” Rodri, the scorer of the game’s only goal, expressed a similar sentiment.

“I said to myself I had to overcome the situation, the mentality. I scored a goal, unbelievable,” said the Spain international. “Finals are like this. You cannot expect to play how we normally play. But the lads competed to the end. We competed like animals.”

It was credit to Inter that City were made to look less than their best. Tactically, their head coach Simone Inzaghi had his team set up perfectly. “It was not easy. What a team we faced. The way they defended and counter-attacked was unbelievable.”

“We were not at our best in the first half of the game,” agreed Ilkay Gundogan. “We were hesitating a little. Even though we had a couple of good chances we knew we had to do better in the second half. That is what we did but still it was probably a 50-50 game.

“One goal made the difference as it does many times in finals. We feel very fortunate that it was ours.”

Guardiola: Written in the stars

“The first half we were so anxious,” Guardiola told BT Sport.

“We could not find the free man, John Stones. But it was a question of being patient. I said at half-time, last time, in Porto [in the 2021 Champions League final], we were 1-0 down, now it is 0-0. We adjusted some things but you have to be lucky in this competition.

“At the end, Ederson, they mis-hit it, they could draw, and then maybe Phil [Foden] could score the second one. This competition is a coin [toss]. But we were there. I think it was written in the stars this season that it belonged to us and we did it.”

Asked what was different about this team after years of near misses, Guardiola said: “I think we defended a little bit better in the box. We have four central defenders, proper defenders. Even when we make mistakes, we have the feeling we are solid.”

It has brought the treble. “The momentum started winning the Premier League, then the FA Cup, and now we finish here,” he added. “Winning this competition and the treble is so difficult, and that is why today is not important the way. It is just to do it.”

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola with the UEFA Champions League Trophy following victory over Inter Milan in the UEFA Champions League Final at the Ataturk Olympic Stadium, Istanbul. Picture date: Saturday June 10, 2023.
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Pep Guardiola with the Champions League trophy following Man City’s win

Man City’s treble in stats

  • Manchester City have become the sixth English team to win the European Cup after Aston Villa, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester United and Nottingham Forest – twice as many sides as any other nation.
  • City are just the second English side to achieve the treble after Manchester United in 1999. It is the second time their manager Pep Guardiola has won the treble, making him the first ever manager to do so with two different clubs.
  • The last four Champions League finals have all been won by a 1-0 scoreline, more than in the first 27 finals in the competition since the re-brand in 1992.
  • City’s victory was their 300th across all competitions under Pep Guardiola, in what was his 413th game in charge of the club.
  • Manchester City have scored 100+ goals more than they’ve conceded in three of the last five seasons – prior to Pep Guardiola’s arrival at the club, no English top-flight side had ever finished a season having scored 100+ more than they had conceded.
  • Erling Haaland ended the Champions League campaign with 12 goals to his name, however he did not score in any of his final three appearances – his longest ever run of games in the competition without a goal.
  • Rodri made his 52nd start of the season for Manchester City in all competitions – across Pep Guardiola’s managerial career, the only outfield player to have started more games in a single campaign under him was Lionel Messi.