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UEFA Champions League Final Clash With Chelsea Delights Manchester City Star, Fernandinho
UEFA Champions League Final Clash With Chelsea Delights Manchester City Star, Fernandinho

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Manchester City veteran midfielder Fernandinho cannot wait for Chelsea clash in the Champions League final.

The two English clubs go head to head on Saturday in European biggest club football’s showpiece event.

Fernandinho, who is now 36, is hoping that his side can lift their first European Cup against their Premier League rivals.

“There was still that stigma of the fact that the team had never made it to the final before, that we were an inexperienced team in this competition, the club I mean – historically speaking – but I think this season our team has managed to reach a high standard,” the Brazilian told reporters.

“There’s no doubt that it’s a special feeling, because for me personally, having been playing in Europe for a while now, I’ve had a chance to play in many Champions League seasons and I’d only got as far as the semis with Manchester City, the quarters with Shakhtar, but I’d never made the final, so it’s really satisfying.

“It’s a really happy moment, a huge honour, and there’s no doubt that it makes you even more motivated, and as we say, we’ve always got to give 100 per cent, 100% of the time, and I think in a game like this anything less than 200% won’t be enough to win it.”

On his leadership in the semi-final against PSG, he added: “It’s a matter of reading the game and understanding what’s going on in that moment.

“There’s no doubt that as I’m a captain and the most senior of the club’s players, this is the point when you need to step up and try to organise things for the good of the team, because sometimes it’s easy for a person to lose their head when under a lot of stress or pressure.

“I tried to stop players from falling into this trap so to not harm the team’s performance, because playing in a game at this level with a player like this makes a big difference.”

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