MAN CITY FAN VIEW: Yes, we lost … but that doesn’t mean this is a failure – the Champions League final is a sign of how far we’ve come in 22 years
- The defeat is a disappointment, but the final was a measure of Man City’s progress
- The Champions League final was a fantastic opportunity and the fans were fantastic
- It has still been an excellent season for City after winning the league and cup
Even though we lost, this should not detract from this great season. It’s disappointing, of course, but it’s still a measure of the progress we’ve made. It shouldn’t be viewed as a failure.
It had been 22 years since my son and I left Wembley after beating Gillingham on penalties to get out of the third tier.
My son was nine and we drove all the way from Edinburgh to watch Kevin Horlock and Paul Dickov score on death to take the game to extra time.
Sergio Agüero runs past the Champions League trophy after collecting his second medal
City players look on dejectedly after their Champions League final defeat to Chelsea
I remember how the adrenaline had flowed back then. On Saturday evening we were both outside the stadium in Porto and looked at the sign that read: ‘Champions League Final’. This was something else.
It was still a fantastic opportunity, the fans were with a great voice. The City supporters had gotten a festive feeling. Not so much because of the expectation to win, but to celebrate how far we have come in those 22 years.
We still won the league this season, the League Cup, reaching the FA Cup semi-finals and our first Champions League final.
Supporters continued to deflate after the defeat, but it was a strong season for City
Pep Guardiola comforts Rodrigo after the 1-0 defeat to Chelsea at the Estadio do Dragao
I remember we won the competition in 1968 and qualified for the European Cup. We played Fenerbahce in the first round. My dad said we weren’t going to Turkey, but promised we would go to the next one.
We have waited 43 years. I told my boy we wouldn’t make the same mistake. We have been to Barcelona, Madrid, Munich. Now, a Champions League final.
It would have been great to get the monkey off our back. But for me it will always win the competition that I cherish.