Man City Cruise to UCL Final as Yaya Toure Curse Lifts
Pep Guardiola and his troop have made it to the UEFA Champions League final in a space of less than 5 years. Manchester City shone at their home ground as the curse that was allegedly put on them by former player Yaya Toure seemed to have been lifted.
In their match against 14-time UCL Champions Real Madrid on Wednesday, May 17, at the Etihad stadium, Manchester City completely obliterated the Spanish giants. Two goals from Bernado Silva, a goal from Akanji and a late cameo from World Cup winner Julian Alvarez made sure that City were heading to Istanbul.
Their match will have them going against Italian powerhouse and vastly experienced Inter Milan who made it to the finals by beating home rivals AC Milan earlier in the week. The clash of the titans will pit the two against each other early next month.
This will be the second time City are getting into the Champions League final with an apparent curse placed on them by Yaya Toure subsiding. The rumor of a curse started when the legendary midfielder left the club amid a bitter scuffle with manager Guardiola.
Yaya Toure wanted a birthday party but the club did not have his cake ending in one of the most embarrassing experiences for the former Ivory Coast player. Rival fans started a rumor that the club would not be successful until they apologized to Yaya Toure.
This curse led them to being knocked out of the UCL Quarter Finals by Tottenham. The club also lost to Real Madrid in their next attempt in the Quarters. The next year they got close but were beaten to the Cup by Chelsea in Lisbon.
Their hunt for the trophy has eluded them for a while now but they seem to be getting a handle on it. They head into this season’s final as clear favorites with less doubt about dealing with a stubborn Inter.