Which Chelsea or Man City forward will emulate Milito?


Chelsea and Manchester City face a date with destiny on Saturday as they go head-to-head in the final of the Champions League.

The two English clubs have defeated some top teams on their way to the final and will be eager to round off the campaign on a high note.

City have an added incentive to lift the prestigious trophy having already clinched the Premier League title and Carabao Cup this term.

Chelsea’s season has been less impressive, with the club just about clinging on to a top four place in the league on the final day.

Their defeat in the FA Cup final against Leicester City was a disappointment and they will be aiming to make amends this weekend.

As is often the case in Champions League finals, there will be plenty of attention on the attacking talent in each of the respective squads.

Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Arjen Robben and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer are amongst the forwards who have made their mark in previous finals.

The 2009/10 final was another excellent example of how an attacker can have a devasting impact in Europe’s biggest club game.

Betway perfectly showcased Diego Milito’s efforts as Inter Milan defied the odds to win the competition for the first time since 1965.

The Argentine striker was the star of the show against Bayern Munich, bagging a brace to help the Italian club seal an unprecedented treble. With another Argentinian striker making an appearance in this years UCL Final, will it be the perfect swansong for Sergio Aguero? Betway have the striker at 10/1 to score 2 or more goals.

His opening goal was a subtle dink over goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, while his second was a fine solo effort that gave Inter some valuable breathing space.

The result handed manager Jose Mourinho his second Champions league success after previously lifting the trophy with Porto in 2004.

However, the game will forever be remembered for Milito’s double, and there will be plenty of attackers hoping to follow in his footsteps this weekend.

City’s forward options are plentiful, although it is unclear whether they will actually bother playing with a striker having enjoyed success without one for much of the current campaign.

Kevin De Bruyne, Phil Foden and Riyad Mahrez are amongst a plethora of players who will fancy their chances of grabbing the headlines against Chelsea.

While all of them have the talent to punish the Blues, the true fairy tale story for City in the final would be a winning goal by Sergio Aguero.

The Argentine striker has earned legendary status with City, breaking the club’s goalscoring record and helping them win loads of silverware.

The 32-year-old is set leave City this summer and there would be better way for him to sign off than with the winner against Chelsea.

Aguero may not start the game, but it would be a brave move to back against him coming off the bench and having a major impact on the final.

Chelsea also have plenty of attacking talent at their disposal, with Kai Havertz, Hakim Ziyech and Christian Pulisic all capable of troubling City’s backline.

The player who could be most troublesome is Timo Werner, with the German forward heading into the final with a point to prove.

The former RB Leipzig star has had a difficult first season with the Blues, notching just 12 goals in 51 appearances for the club.

His habit of running into offside positions hasn’t helped his cause, but his willingness to keep working hard has found favour with manager Thomas Tuchel.

After what has been a underwhelming first season with Chelsea, could Werner be the man to emulate Milito and write his name into Champions League folklore?


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