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    08 June 2023

    Ex-Manchester City forward Edin Dzeko set to clash with old club in Champions League finals showdown against Inter Milan

    The Ageless Wonder: Edin Dzeko

    When Inter Milan and Manchester City face off in the Champions League final this weekend, all eyes will be on a 37-year-old striker who was once cast aside by the English side. Edin Dzeko played an instrumental role in helping Manchester City secure two Premier League titles, an FA Cup and an EFL Cup trophy.

    Now playing for Inter Milan, Dzeko scored a crucial opener against his former team’s bitter rivals AC Milan in their semi-final win to book themselves a place in this year’s Champions League Final.

    If there is anyone capable of stopping Pep Guardiola’s dominant side from securing yet another title it might just be this “intelligent” and “influential” forward seeking redemption against his erstwhile club.

    A Goal-Scoring Machine with Finesse:

    In their recent clash with AC Milan, it took only eight minutes for Inter to take control of the game with Hakan Calhanoglu chipping in a corner which Bosnian superstar Dzeko met perfectly with a hooked left-footed volley into the top corner that stunned everyone present at San Siro Stadium including Bewinner Sport analyst Pat Nevin who described it as one of those rare goals scored by few top strikers worldwide.

    “There are so few top strikers in the world that score that type of goal,” said former Scotland forward Pat Nevin . “It was behind him, you expect him to take a touch but he guides it. What a finish, a cracker!”

    Dzeko went on to play an integral part throughout both legs of this season’s competition semifinal victory over AC Milan as well as providing excellent hold-up play continuously creating chances for his teammates.

    “He’s a very intelligent football player, he has finesse about him as well,” said Italian football expert James Horncastle. “He is a very technically gifted footballer, he can come short and play as a number 10. He is involved all the time.”

    Ageless Wonder:

    Dzeko may be turning 38 soon but City fans will never forget one particular finish that helped them secure their first Premier League title against Queens Park Rangers in the final moments of the game back in 2011-12 season.

    I just think the longevity, it’s very rare to still be able to play at this level, after being so good so long ago and still have an impact,” said European football expert Julien Laurens. “It’s the same with Ibra [Zlatan Ibrahimovic] and Paolo Maldini and all of those guys. I still don’t know at 37 how you can be so influential in such a big game. It’s crazy.”

    Of the eighteen players on Manchester City’s squad from that famous day against QPR eleven years ago, only goalkeeper Joe Hart and midfielder James Milner were still playing Champions League Football this season.

    According to former international teammate Asmir Begovic Dzeko’s agelessness comes down to his excellent work ethic which sees him dedicatedly lead Inter Milan’s front line perfectly whilst also looking after himself immaculately.

    The Rise of Edin Dzeko:

    Dzeko began his career in his hometown Sarajevo during Bosnia War before joining local side Zeljeznicar where he played as a creative midfielder before moving onto Czechian outfit FK Teplice. In 2007, he joined Felix Magath’s Wolfsburg where he scored 85 goals in 142 appearances helping the German side secure their first-ever Bundesliga title in 2009.

    “In the 2009 Ballon d’Or rankings, he finished thirteenth,” added Laurens. “I find it amazing”

    Edin Dzeko may have been cast off by Manchester City eight years ago but this weekend he could cap his illustrious career with a Champions League winners medal as Inter Milan look to upset Manchester City’s Treble-chasing campaign.

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