Fernandinho admits it is a ‘special feeling’ as he prepares to break his Champions League final against Chelsea and praises Man City teammates for breaking the ‘stigma’ of their past failures in Europe.
- City’s Fernandinho says it’s ‘satisfying’ to have made it to the Champions League final
- He praised his teammates for breaking the ‘stigma’ surrounding their history in Europe
- But he claims that nothing less than “200 percent” will be acceptable at night
Manchester City captain Fernandinho says it is ‘very satisfying’ to have made it to the Champions League final and praised his teammates for breaking the ‘stigma’ surrounding their previous European efforts.
Fernandinho – who is in his eighth season with City after coming over from Shakhtar Donetsk – also said it is an ‘honor’ to play in the final and that he is ‘motivated’ to walk away as champion.
The captain claims that nothing less than ‘200 percent’ will be acceptable on the night after making their first-ever Champions League final in Porto.
City captain Fernandinho says it’s ‘really satisfying’ to make it to the Champions League final
“ There was still that stigma of the team never making it to the final, that we were an inexperienced team in this league, the club I mean – historically – but I think our team managed to reach this season a high standard, ”said the Brazilian Target.
There is no doubt that it is a special feeling because for me personally, having been playing in Europe for a while now, I have had the chance to play in many Champions League seasons and I had only made it to the semi-finals with Manchester City, the quarter-finals with Shakhtar, but I had never made it to the final, so it’s really satisfying.
The captain praised his teammates for breaking the ‘stigma’ surrounding their history in Europe
However, he claims that nothing less than ‘200 percent’ will be acceptable at night
It’s a very happy moment, a huge honor, and there’s no question that it makes you even more motivated, and like we say, we always have to give 100 percent, 100 percent of the time, and I think in a game like this is just under 200 percent not enough to win it. ‘
Fernandinho’s position at Pep Guardiola for the final is not confirmed, however, as Spanish teammate Rodri could be lining up for him.
Although he played a pivotal role in the semi-final return match against Paris Saint-Germain. The Brazilian kept their star-studded forwards at bay and helped City claim a place in their first-ever Champions League final.