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Former Milan Midfielder Explains Why Man City Are Best Placed to Win the UCL
- Pep Guardiola has failed to deliver the Champions League since arriving at the Etihad
- Man City lost their previous final to Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea
- The English Champions survived a tough run of fixtures to secure a spot in the final
Manchester City are 90 minutes away from Champions League glory with their mentality praised by Clarence Seedorf after last year's horror show at the Bernabeu
Four-time Champions League winner Clarence Seedorf believes Manchester City's mentality shift can finally allow them to conquer Europe.
Pep Guardiola has failed to deliver the continent's top prize since arriving, with the club's Abu Dhabi owners spending huge sums in order to win the competition.
City now have their best chance yet as they head into the final as heavy favourites against Inter Milan.
Last year they spurned their advantage against Real Madrid in the last four but made amends in the semi-final this term. City's lack of know-how in the Champions League has told in the past with the likes of Monaco, Tottenham and Lyon knocking them out.
Seedorf though believes they've been the most complete package in Europe this season, which hasn't always been the case in his opinion. He referenced the success and mindset of Liverpool, who won the tournament in 2019 and is confident that City have taken the next step which can help them in Istanbul.
The Dutchman, a McDelivery Ambassador, told Mirror Football:
"I think this season they've been the best team, I don't think so in other years. Just because you’re supposed to play nice football doesn't mean you're the best team.
"The best team is one who knows how to defend in a certain way, you bring results home when you're playing bad - that's why I was a big fan of Liverpool.
"Jurgen Klopp had that kind of mentality, it wasn't always beautiful to watch, but the intensity and teamwork I did not see that last year with City against Real Madrid.
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I saw players not believing, I think this season I saw more conviction, determination and that makes a difference."
City’s road to UCL final
City saw off Bayern Munich and Real in comprehensive fashion and victory in Turkey would complete a historic treble after recent triumphs in the Premier League and the FA Cup.
Guardiola's men were able to chase down Arsenal in the title race as they regained their crown, recording a third straight league success in the process.
Last weekend they beat neighbours Manchester United in the FA Cup final. The Red Devils remain the only English side to complete the iconic treble and could've ended City's hopes themselves, instead a brace from Ilkay Gundogan helped City to a 2-1 win.
As quoted by Spanish paper AS, Guardiola said:
"This is the finish. The Champions League is an incredible competition. It's absolutely a dream, yes. To achieve things you always have to have the correct proportion of obsession and desire.
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It's a positive word, willingness to try to do it, of course."
Haaland tumbles in training
Earlier Sports Brief reported forward Erling Haaland crashed into the drinks rack in Manchester City’s final training session ahead of the UCL final.
The funny scene happened while the team were having their final training session at the venue of today’s event. It left fans laughing but got City fans and well-wishers praying it was nothing serious.