Pep Guardiola receives Kyle Walker was not left out of the Champions League Final because of injury, but rather Nathan Ake is right ‘for the way we want to defend and attack’ Inter.



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The two line-ups are largely as predicted, with the only surprise being Walker on the bench and replaced by Ake at right-back.

England international Walker had been struggling with a back problem over the last few days, but Guardiola insists it was not behind his reasoning.

“He could be there,” Guardiola told BT Sport.

“It was really tough because Kyle is so important. For the way we want to defend and attack we needed a different type of player.”

Inter have kept eight clean sheets in the Champions League so far this season, but also have Lautaro Martinez, Edin Dzeko and ready to come off the bench Romelu Lukaku.

“Italian teams are competitors. Inter have really good patterns from Onana the ‘keeper. The way they play is so clear. When you have a good game, they decide to drop into the final third.

They are incredibly stable and aggressive. To defend and defend over 90 minutes, they feel comfortable. It’s cultural in Italy. I admire it, because it’s not easy to do it.

“It’s in our hands to break them with the right movements, if the right spaces are there, try to occupy it.”

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