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Real Madrid defeated Liverpool 1-0 in Paris last year thanks to a Vinicius Junior second-half strike. It was the club’s 14th triumph in the competition, extending their own record. On the back of that victory, Carlo Ancelotti became the first coach to win the European Cup four times. He is also the only one to have taken a team to five finals, but was denied the opportunity to reach a sixth after his side lost to City in this year’s semi-final.

What are the players saying?

By James Ducker

Kevin De Bruyne has admitted he is no longer the hero in his own household – with even his children swept away by Erling Haaland fever.

The Belgium midfielder has struck up a fearsome partnership with Haaland that could be crucial as City bid to beat Inter Milan in the Champions League final in Istanbul on Saturday and clinch an extraordinary Treble.

And De Bruyne says Haaland’s impact has been so big that even his kids idolise the Norway striker over their own dad.

In fact, De Bruyne’s eldest son Mason is such a fan of Haaland that he has copied the 52-goal striker’s long, blond hairstyle – complete with a bun.

The seven-year-old made a beeline for Haaland during City’s Premier League title celebrations at the Etihad Stadium last month, with the giant Norwegian crouching down to give him a hug before Mason’s four-year-old brother, Rome, also sporting long hair, then arrived for a hug of his own.

An excited Mason was also later spotted playing football with Haaland on the pitch following the 1-0 win over Chelsea.

And De Bruyne – who also has a young daughter Suri – admitted his kids cannot get enough of the Scandinavian superstar.

“Erling is a superstar,” the City midfielder said. “It is not a problem! All three children have long hair.

“I see that with the kids at [Mason’s] school too. They all have hair like that. It’s funny.”

Victory in Istanbul would secure the 12th major trophy of Guardiola’s City reign. De Bruyne admitted City’s players now had an expectation of winning – but that it would be “boring” if they won everything all the time.

“The outside expectation is never higher than what we set ourselves as a goal,” he said. “We always want the best. I always want to give the best Kevin on the field. I know that sometimes things go less and sometimes better.

“But as I say: ‘We want to win everything’, but it is also not possible to win everything. If we win on Saturday, there will always be people saying we should have won the League Cup [this season] and you lost to Southampton.   

“Those are moments that take place in a season at a time when you are not good. Or when the opponent was better. And then you just have to admit it. We cannot always win all matches. It would be boring otherwise.”

Who are the experts saying will win?

Kylian Mbappe:

It is going to be a great game. I think Manchester City are going to win.

Trent Alexander-Arnold:

I think City are always the favourites for everything.

What are the latest odds?

Manchester City 18/35

Inter Milan 13/2

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