Former Inter star Luis Figo warns ‘everyone sees Manchester City as the favourites,’ but they can be ‘hurt’ in the Champions League Final.



It kicks off at the Ataturk Stadium in Istanbul at 20.00 UK time (19.00 GMT).

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“If Simone Inzaghi’s side are in the Final, it means they deserve to be there,” Figo told Tuttosport ahead of tonight’s clash.

“Everyone sees City as the favourites, but anything can happen. Inter need to play with ambition and try to hurt Manchester City with their own strengths.”

While Pep Guardiola’s side are on the verge of securing the Treble after winning the Premier League title and FA Cup, Inter also took two domestic trophies this season with the Coppa Italia and Supercoppa Italiana.

Some also paint this Champions League Final as attack against defence, but Figo sees rather more nuance to the situation than that.

“Finals are often decided by the details. Inter need to start well defensively, but they are more than capable of scoring goals too.”

Figo, now 50, is part of the UEFA executive committee and was at Inter from 2005 to his retirement in 2009.

So while he did work under Jose Mourinho at San Siro, he just missed out on the legendary Treble-winning campaign of 2009-10 that culminated in the Champions League.

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