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Inter Milan Defender to Adopt ‘Rudiger’ Masterplan to Stop Erling Haaland in UCL
- Alessandro Bastoni is hoping to emulate Antonio Rudiger in the Champions League final
- Rudiger kept Manchester City's Erling Haaland quiet in the first leg of their semi-final
- The Norwegian ace has scored 52 goals for Man City this season across all competitions
Inter Milan defender, Alessandro Bastoni has disclosed that he has been studying footage of Real Madrid star, Antonio Rudiger as he attempts to stop Erling Haaland in the Champions League Final.
Manchester City are the clear favourite going into the final on Saturday at Istanbul's Ataturk Olympic Stadium.
Pep Guardiola's side, which has won the Premier League and FA Cup titles, has already defeated Real Madrid and Bayern Munich en route to the final and is aiming for an unprecedented treble.
However, their Italian rivals will be looking to take advantage of their hectic schedule.
Haaland, who has 52 goals in as many games this season, acknowledged in a recent interview that Manchester City had purchased him to win the biggest title in European club football.
The Premier League champions are one step away from doing so but Inter hopes to follow the example of Rudiger, who kept the Norwegian star quiet when Real Madrid drew 1-1 with City in the first leg of the semi-final.
The German did not play in the return game, which City won 4-0.
Ahead of the gigantic clash in Turkey, Bastoni has made some intriguing remarks regarding Haaland and his team in a press conference.
"Haaland says City bought him to win the Champions League and that says everything," Bastoni said, via Daily Mail.
"But it’s Manchester City versus Inter, not Haaland versus Inter. I have seen a video of Rudiger in the semi-final. He managed to contain Haaland very well so maybe that’s an example we can use. We will try to copy what he did," the defender added.
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Sports Brief also reported on Man City's Riyad Mahrez embarrassing Erling Haaland during a training session on June 6, ahead of the Champions League final.
With the Norwegian said to be in a goal-scoring dry spell, he also fell victim to the Algerian's quick feet in a rondo session, with Haaland left laying on the pitch.