Jack Grealish roars for the cameras and blocks out the noise… while Erling Haaland keeps his cool as Man City’s superstars pose for Champions League final portraits
- Manchester City players and manager posed for their official portraits ahead of the Champions League final
- Pep Guardiola looked completely unfazed as he leads his squad into a tie that could see them win the treble
- Erling Haaland, Jack Grealish, Kevin De Bruyne and Ilkay Gundogan took part in the pre-final photoshoot
Manchester City stars and their manager Pep Guardiola have posed for their official portraits ahead of their Champions League final against Inter Milan in Istanbul on Saturday.
City are just one win away from becoming only the second English team to win the Treble having already completed the Premier League and FA Cup double this season.
Erling Haaland struck a calm pose for the camera while Jack Grealish showed off his signature goal-scoring celebration in one pose, before erupting into an exuberant roar.
Each City player donned the club’s sky blue home jersey while Guardiola kept it simple – and characteristically casual – with a black hoodie and cargo pants which he finished off with white trainers.
The images show a confident mood in the camp, despite the pressure City are under at the Ataturk Olympic stadium.
Jack Grealish, who joined City for £100m, roared for the camera as he looks to play a vital role in Saturday’s final in Istanbul
Man City’s goal machine Erling Haaland stays just as cool in front of the camera as he does when he’s bearing down on goal
Grealish shows off his trademark celebration Man City have grown used to after his most productive season at the Etihad
Kevin De Bruyne looks at complete ease as he prepares to compete in his second Champions League final on Saturday night
City touched down in the Turkish city on Thursday prior to Saturday’s showdown after jetting over on the club’s private plane.
There was a split in outfits between players and staff as both sets donned sponsored styles as they disembarked into the humid Istanbul heat.
Guardiola and his backroom staff wore all-black outfits consisting of smart leather shoes, polo top and formal jacket that the City manager decided to carry.
First-team players were dressed in denim washed jeans, white polo shirts emblazoned with the club crest and similar black shoes.
Individuals carried their own luggage off the plane and down the attached steps with England star Jack Grealish clutching a designer Gucci suitcase and Phil Foden wearing a black Louis Vuitton rucksack.
Guardiola was singled out by greeters waiting on the airport tarmac as he was handed a huge bouquet of flowers, although the Spaniard will need a vase to keep them alive in the team hotel during his side’s three night stay.
Erling Haaland looked focused as he ushered his way down from the plane behind central defender Manuel Akanji.
Thousands of City fans have also descended on the city and they were spotted drinking pints, dancing and singing songs on the streets of Istanbul on Thursday.
Ilkay Gündoğan, arguably City’s best player in the final month of the season, is set to appear in a third Champions League final
Phil Foden shows off his unbelievable technique by juggling the ball while right-back Kyle Walker strikes a confident pose
Midfield anchor Rodri looks certain to start on Saturday having been a surprise omission in 2021’s final defeat to Chelsea
Pep Guardiola looks like the coolest man in the room after steering his side to the cusp of an historic treble-winning season
Ruben Dias shows he is ready for a fight ahead of what is sure to be a physical tussle with Inter Milan striker Lautaro Martinez
Bernardo Silva can’t wait for the action to get underway while John Stones remains relaxed after his best season at the Etihad
Goalkeeper Ederson tightens the gloves used in helping City to concede the fewest goals in the Champions League this term
Manuel Akanji, who has played 47 games in all competitions, has been a big hit in Manchester after signing from Dortmund
Guardiola claimed in the build-up to the game that rivals have ‘destroyed projects’ in search of an elusive Champions League title as Manchester City finally look to break their duck this weekend.
The City boss, who accepted that the club will not be universally popular winners should they prevail against Inter on Saturday, believes legacies are unfairly weighted towards lifting the trophy.
But he admitted that it is an unavoidable reality that City must conquer Europe if they are to be considered one of the greats.
‘So many clubs have destroyed projects and ideas because they weren’t able to win this competition,’ Guardiola said.
‘And so many have become big clubs because they were able to win it. Even if I don’t share this opinion, I understand that everything we have done through all these years, which has been very good, will [only] make sense to others if we win this competition. It’s a bit unfair, but we must accept it.’
‘We must accept that if we want to make a definitive step as a big club, we must win in Europe,’ Guardiola added. ‘We have to win, that’s something you can’t avoid. But the most important thing is to be there again and again.
‘With our club, I’ve learnt that overexcitement doesn’t suit us. You have to be ambitious but not too greedy. This competition has given me very, very sad moments which hurt me, which will always be in my mind, but it also gave me extremely beautiful moments.’ Guardiola suggested that he was unaware of how much support City will receive from other fans and clubs in England.
Riyad Mahrez has been involved in 28 goals this seasons including three goals and two assists in the Champions League
Julian Alvarez looks in a cheerful mood alongside his now fully fit team mate Kalvin Phillips, who could still be called upon
Aymeric Laporte has fallen out of the City starting XI this season in favour of John Stones playing in a hybrid defensive role
Nathan Ake could add the Champions League to the Europa League title he won in 2013 while he was playing at Chelsea
Rico Lewis made his Champions League debut against FC Copenhagen in October before scoring his first goal against Sevilla
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