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“Champions final very open. About Haaland and Lautaro…”

Then the relationship with Dzeko: “There was an incredible feeling with Edin. When he came to Italy to some Roman friends, I said it immediately: wait for him, he’s a phenomenon”

Balotelli: "Champions League final wide open.  About Haaland and Lautaro…"

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Mario Balotelli, a former double of City and Inter, he spoke to Gazzetta dello Sport about the Champions League final: “I’ve received many invitations to the final in Istanbul, I’m undecided: I think I’ll sit in the center of the stadium, to avoid misunderstandings”.

Now Inter is in shape.
“Undoubtedly. And he has many players who make the difference. Starting with my friend Dzeko, but I wouldn’t overlook Lukaku and the unleashed Lautaro: the second goal for the Viola was beautiful.”

Everyone favors City.
“Experience tells me that in the final, in a single game, it’s better to arrive underdogs. And in any case, Guardiola’s team plays great football, but Inzaghi’s is also very effective.”

What do you remember of his Nerazzurri Champions League?
“The goal against Rubin Kazan made me feel like a protagonist, for me it was a wonderful experience: a boy who touches the sky with a finger. And then lifting that cup, I still get the shivers”.

Immediately after Premier League king at City with Dzeko…
“There was an incredible feeling with Edin. When he came to Italy to some Roman friends, I said it immediately: wait for him, he’s a phenomenon. Even in Milan he makes the difference. I have many good memories of that year, starting with that one-two at United”.

He was at the San Siro at the derby.
“The atmosphere of the best evenings. I saw a lot of people, Leao among others. I advised him to stay at Milan: there is a team with perspectives, with some reinforcements they can have their say anywhere”.

Haaland against everyone: is it really like this?
“Erling is extraordinary. Mino Raiola had great intuition about him too. Assist men abound in City: Guardiola knows how to serve him well and he is a formidable sniper”.

So does he solve it?
“I didn’t say that. Inter also have top-level strikers. They will be very open.”

Who is the strongest striker in the world?
“The numbers say Haaland, but for me it’s a matter of taste. Osimhen, for example, is special. He can do everything on the pitch, a bit like me in my green years. And then he’s a unique boy”.

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