Europe's biggest club game of the year is finally here as the UEFA Champions League 2023 final takes place on Saturday as take the field against Inter in Istanbul. While might have been the center of attention in the leadup, it's time for the game on the pitch to return to centerstage. in what is their second final appearance after losing to Chelsea in the 2021 final while , looking to win it for a fourth time in what will be their sixth appearance. While City might have been expected to make it this far, few thought Inter had a chance to even get out of their group, and they which they won't mind at all.
"For us, it was a dream but we have always believed in it. I'm proud to be here," Inter boss Simone Inzaghi said ahead of the match. "Nobody has given us anything, we deserve everything that we have achieved. And now the dream to play the final has come true. It has been an extraordinary path and winning a derby in the semifinal brought particular satisfaction."
City manager Pep Guardiola knows that no UCL final will ever be easy, and facing an Italian club means going up against a team that will always emphasize defense first, meaning sharpness in attack must be there.
"When you reach the final of the Champions League, you have to celebrate. A final against an Italian team is not always the best gift, honestly. Inter are competitive. After this [semifinal] victory, there will be a lot of compliments, but we have time to prepare mentally," Guardiola said. Don't miss our.
And for more from Guardiola, don't miss his sit down interview with CBS Sports' Thierry Henry.
For more from Henry don't miss the UEFA Champions League Pre-Match show, airing on CBS and Paramount+ at 1:30 p.m. ET. And here's the rest of everything you need to know:
Golazo Starting XI Newsletter
Get your Soccer Fix from Around the Globe
Your ultimate guide to the Beautiful Game as our experts take you beyond the pitch and around the globe with news that matters.
Thanks for signing up!
Keep an eye on your inbox.
There was an error processing your subscription.
How to watch and odds
- Date: Saturday, June 10 | Time: 3 p.m. ET
- Location: Ataturk Olympic Stadium -- Istanbul, Turkey
- TV: CBS | Live stream: Paramount+
- Odds: Man City -225; Draw +350; Inter +575 (via Caesars Sportsbook)
12 p.m.: Afternoon Footy - Special UCL Edition (CBS Sports Golazo Network)
1:30 p.m.: UEFA Champions League Today Pre-Match Show (CBS/Paramount+)
3 p.m.: Manchester City vs. Inter Milan (CBS/Paramount+)
5:30 p.m.: UEFA Champions League Today Post-Match Show (CBS Sports Network/Paramount+)
6:30 p.m.: The Champions Club (CBS Sports Golazo Network)
with the biggest concern being the status of City fullback Kyle Walker. He missed training on Tuesday with a back issue but chalked it up to "just getting old."
Kyle Walker has moved to ease concerns over his injury status ahead of the Champions League final, insisting he is fine after sitting out Manchester City's training session on Tuesday with a back issue. Walker was substituted in the closing stages of the FA Cup final win over Manchester United on Saturday and City's hopes of completing a treble would doubtless be aided by having the England international available to him.
"He has had a disturbance in his back," said Pep Guardiola at a press conference on Tuesday. "Yesterday he was not good, today he was a little bit better but we didn't want to take any risks. We will see what happens in the next days."
Manchester City: Ederson; Walker, Rúben Dias, Aké; Stones, Rodri; Bernardo Silva, De Bruyne, Gündoğan, Grealish; Haaland
Inter Milan: Onana; Darmian, Acerbi, Bastoni; Dumfries, Barella, Hakan Çalhanoğlu, Mkhitaryan, Dimarco; Lautaro Martínez, Džeko
UCL final record
Last appearance: Chelsea 1, City 0 (2021)
Last appearance: Inter 2, Bayern Munich 0 (2010)
Szymon Marciniak (POL)
- Paweł Sokolnicki (POL)
- Tomasz Listkiewicz (POL)
- István Kovács (ROU)
- Tomasz Kwiatkowski (POL)
What to know about the ref
Marciniak is a well-known official and widely regarded as one of the better referees of his generation. He has made a ton of noise lately, but it hasn't always been for the greatest of reasons. He officiated the 2022 World Cup final between Argentina and France where he awarded three penalty kicks in the match as the South Americans, led by Lionel Messi, won the title in penalties over Kylian Mbappe and company.
He averages about 3.86 yellow cards per game and 0.29 red cards per game in this edition of the UCL.
Ahead of the final, he found himself in hot water after appearing at an event organized by far-right Polish politician Slawomir Mentzen and apologized, stating he had not known about the event's affiliation.
Szymon Marciniak will retain his role as the referee of the Champions League final having apologized for his appearance at an event organized by a far-right politician in Poland. Marciniak will be in charge of the match between Manchester City and Inter Milan in Istanbul on June 10 but there had been calls for him to be replaced. The 42-year-old was present at the Everest business conference on May 29, an event organized by Slawomir Mentzen, but has expressed his "deepest apologies for my involvement and any distress or harm it may have caused."
Guardiola finally gets it done in Manchester, guiding City to victory in the UCL final by the slimmest of margins as Haaland scores the winner. Pick: City 2, Inter 1