UEFA Champions League final: Raheem Sterling expects a 'physically demanding game'

Manchester City will take on Chelsea in their maiden Champions League final at Porto on May 29 but they have lost their last two encounters to Thomas Tuchel's side.

Raheem Sterling; Credit: Twitter/@sterling7

Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling expects a tough game when they take on Chelsea in the Champions League final on May 29 at Porto. Pep Guardiola’s side beat last year’s finalists PSG 4-1 on aggregate to reach their maiden Champions League final. Chelsea on the other hand overcame Spanish giants Real Madrid to seal a final birth. The 26-year-old Englishman has scored 9 goals and registered 6 assists in all competitions for City this season.

Manchester City has already won this season’s English Premier League and League Cup. They are now looking to complete the treble by lifting the prestigious Champions League trophy on Saturday. Manchester City and Chelsea have met three times this season. Chelsea has gotten the better of Pep Guardiola’s side on two occasions.

Their first meeting was at the start of the year and City beat Frank Lampard’s Chelsea 3-1. Thomas Tuchel took charge of Chelsea in January. Since then, Chelsea has defeated City in the FA Cup semifinal and Premier League fixture. It’s going to be a thrilling match when the two English teams meet for a fourth time at Estadio do Dragao.

Tough Test in UEFA Champions League final

“I expect a physically demanding game. Chelsea is a strong team who have a lot of physically strong players,” he said. “I expect a really tough test.

“We have played them twice [with Tuchel as manager] and lost twice but this is a Champions League final. On the day, things are a lot different. You go into it with a clean mindset. Those games that happened against them in recent times go out the window.

“It is now about focusing on winning that trophy. The only thing that can stop us are ourselves if I am honest. It is a game where I expect a difficult test. But at the same time, I expect us to pull through.”

Manchester City faltered against Monaco, Tottenham, Liverpool and Lyon. However, this time around they have gone a step further to reach the final

“In the past we haven’t had the rub of the green and the luck that we needed,” the winger added. “There have been games that we should have won and certain circumstances we haven’t. That is football at the end of the day and why we keep going and love it.

“This year, we played well and also had the luck that we needed.”




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