Chelsea star Jorginho insists they will be ‘fully prepared’ if the Champions League final with Man City goes to penalties tonight after United’s heartbreak in the Europa League.
- Chelsea will play against Manchester City in the Champions League final tonight
- City is aiming for their first Champions League title and the Blues for their second
- In the Europa League final on Wednesday, Man United lost to Villarreal on penalties
- But Italian Jorginho claims his side will be ready for a similar situation in Porto
Chelsea will be ‘ready for anything’ that Manchester City throws at them in the Champions League final and are ‘fully prepared’ when it comes to penalties, Jorginho has insisted.
The duo will face Pep Guardiola’s side on Saturday evening in Porto, who want to add their first-ever Champions League crown to their Premier League and Carabao Cup titles this season.
In the week of the week Europa League final, Villarreal defeated Manchester United in a penalty shootout after a 1-1 draw after 120 minutes.
Jorginho insists Chelsea will be ‘prepared’ for a Champions League final penalty shootout
Thomas Tuchel (right) and his side face Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City in Porto
But Jorginho claims that if that scenario happens again in the Champions League final, his side will be able to adapt to the situation.
“We are prepared, but I’m not going to say how,” said the 29-year-old penalty specialist.
‘But I think this game can be resolved in details and maybe the opportunities to change things for us, not just for me, but the whole team is training and will be ready for whatever comes tomorrow.
Manchester United lost the Europa League final on penalties, but Jorginho insists the Blues are ready for a similar scenario
Jorginho is a penalty specialist and would undoubtedly be one of Chelsea’s first five takers
The Blues previously won the Champions League and needed penalties that night in May 2012 to beat Bayern Munich in the German city.
That historic day came just three months before current club captain Cesar Azpilicueta left Marseille for West London.
And the 31-year-old Spaniard is now looking to end a shaky season, with Thomas Tuchel replacing Frank Lampard as boss and ultimately finishing Chelsea in the top four, repeating the club’s European success nine years ago.
‘Being here today is a huge credit to the group. We’ve worked so hard, but we want to make it special and that means winning tomorrow, ”he said.
Chelsea have won the Champions League once and needed penalties to beat Bayern Munich
This season it had it all. In December we beat Sevilla 4-0, leader of the group, leader in the league and it went well. Then we had bad results for two months, a change of manager.
‘Unfortunately, I was not here in 2012. I personally wanted to repeat that when I signed with Chelsea. It took nine years and now we have this opportunity that we want to seize.
‘We will always fight for everything. We finished fourth in the Premier League and that’s not where we want to be. That is the challenge for next season, but tomorrow it means a lot. ‘
Cesar Azpilicueta joined three months later and now wants a repeat of that success in 2012