The English defender has recovered from the back problem and is called up, even if he is not at 100%: Akè warms up the engines. In the evening the landing in Türkiye
There is also Kyle Walker in Manchester City’s 23-man squad for the Champions League final in Istanbul. The defender, who had missed Tuesday’s training open to journalists due to a back problem sustained in last Saturday’s FA Cup final at Wembley with Manchester United, remains the only line-up doubt ahead of the match against Inter. “I wouldn’t miss this final for the world,” Walker told reporters on Tuesday.
Here are the 23 City players on the plane to Istanbul.
Goalies: Ederson, Ortega, Walker Defenders: Walker, Dias, Stones, Akanji, Aké, Laporte, Lewis, Gomez Midfielders: Rodri, Gündogan, B. Silva, De Bruyne, Phillips, Perrone, Palmer
Attackers: Haaland, Alvarez, Grealish, Mahrez, Foden
City are expected in Istanbul in the late Turkish evening today and from tomorrow they will enter the final climate, with the last training session before the press conferences on the eve. After Tuesday’s camera-based training session, Guardiola spent two days working at the Etihad Campus. “Quality” training, as he had promised, with the aim of making him internalize the secrets of Inter and the best way to play the match against the Nerazzurri. For City, Inzaghi’s team is the last obstacle towards that Champions League that everyone or almost everyone in Manchester believes is what the Guardiola dynasty lacks to be considered among the best of all time.
Probable lineup (3-4-2-1)
Ederson; Walker, Dias, Akanji; Stones, Rodri, B.Silva, De Bruyne; Gundogan, Grealish; Haaland. In Guardiola’s mind, the lineup is practically done: if Walker weren’t 100% recovered from the back problem that stopped him at the beginning of the week, Aké would enter defense as central left, with Akanji climbing to center-right. All the rest is defined, with the team moving in the tried and tested framework of 3-2-4-1: Foden has shown in recent games that he has recovered his form, but it is unlikely that he will be able to unseat Grealish as a left winger. Also because Guardiola learned the hard way that too many upheavals hurt. Especially in such an important final.
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