As Inter Milan prepares to face the obscenely wealthy, treble-hunting team in the Champions League final, Simone Inzaghi stated on Monday that Inter Milan is not afraid of Manchester City.

Inter will compete in their first Champions League final in Istanbul since their previous victory in the tournament 13 years ago, although City remains the overwhelming favorite to become the first-ever European Champions.

City, led by Pep Guardiola, defeated Real Madrid in the semifinals, won the Premier League and FA Cup, and are now in their second Champions League final in three years.

There is no concern since we're talking about a football game, Inzaghi told the media.

We have a lot of respect for them, but we're pleased to have competed in this final because we wanted it so much.

Erling Haaland, a striker for City who has scored 12 goals in Europe this year, will be the competition's leading scorer no matter what happens in Turkey, so Inter will need to fend against their formidable assault.

One of Inter's three central defenders, Alessandro Bastoni, admitted he wasn't worried about the possibility of squaring off against the strong Norwegian.

You are afraid of killers, not of football players. It would be a mistake to discuss fear, he said. It's not Haaland vs Inter; it's Manchester City versus Inter. 

There is the ideal amount of tension, not fear. Happiness comes first and foremost. To be on the pitch is something I am eager to do.

Inzaghi stated that he hasn't decided whether to deploy veteran Edin Dzeko or in-form Romelu Lukaku with Lautaro Martinez in Inter's attack.

Belgian striker Lukaku has improved his season since April and is now the all-action center attacker who won the Serie A title and the hearts of Inter supporters two years ago.

We still have four training sessions remaining - Simone Inzaghi

Lukaku has seven goals and five assists in his previous 11 games, and his success might see him start for Inter in Istanbul, despite former City attacker Dzeko being Inzaghi's regular starter. 

Since I have the choice to play in attack, midfield, or defence right now, as I have in the past two months, I have not decided. For me, that is the best part of being a coach," Inzaghi said.

"Before Istanbul, we still have four training sessions remaining. Coaches have uncertainty right up until the final second, if there is one thing I've learnt.