Manchester City or Inter? It all comes down to this
ITS BIG CUP FINAL, BABY
In 2004, Porto met Monaco in the final of Big Cup, a supremely unappealing match which seemed like the last of its kind: two relative minnows contesting the biggest game in club football. Since then, thereve been one or two what are they doing here moments most particularly when Liverpool added Tottenham to a list of mighty opponents vanquished which already included Club Brugge and Borussia Mnchengladbach but not until now has the trophy been contested by two such such unheralded clubs, put-upon disruptors whose owners are some of the worlds poorest billionaires.
Manchester City are the feelgood story of this and every summer a paean to more innocent days when Gazprom was just a cuddly fossil-fuel provider embezzled from the Russian people that absolutely loved the soccer, rather than the financier of a mercenary army in an illegal and mass-murderous war. And really, who could possibly have foreseen that pivot? Poor Uefa, its always the ones you least expect. Then theres Inter, 19 times champions of Italy and three times champions of Europe, plucky small-fry whove suffered from the unfortunate ill of other clubs having even richer owners than them.