Kyle Walker expects the Champions League final to be a tough game set by the “big big players” big players.
Manchester City are set to play a showpiece game of European club football for the first time right behind. As soon as they face Premier League champions Chelsea in Porto on Saturday.
In 2021, Chelsea won two of those two meetings in six weeks and the two sides have faced each other three times, and Walker thinks it was an important meeting.
The England-based international walker said: “Getting to know them and playing them as often as we can, it can be a bit of chess.
“I think it comes down to big players in big moments and special moments, and hopefully we have enough players to capture those special moments.
“Chelsea are good opponents. They have had the upper hand with us a few times this season, so we have a knack with them. It will be a tough game that we need to come from above.”
Walker has been hoping to complete a set of medals he has won three Premier League titles, four League Cups and an FA Cup since joining the city from Tottenham in the 201st.
The 1-year-old said: “This is the only trophy I have lost. Ever since I came here I have managed to get everything involved in the Champions League.
“I think it’s probably the extreme of club football. Playing in the Champions League final is a dream come true for me as a child.
“Just listening to this song and walking into the trophy will be a very special moment. I’ve never seen it so I’ll look good and, hopefully, I’m holding it to the game.
“But I don’t want to sit here and make a fuss or something like that. It’s going to be a really tough game.”
Fellow defender John Stones also admits that he was able to involve himself as he prepared for the opportunity.
The center-back said: “I want the day to come soon. It’s just pure excitement. It’s something we’ve never experienced before and for all the fans who have fun and enjoyment for us and our families.”
“It’s something we really want to go into at our best moment to make history for the club and make history as a game. We’re trying to break our cycle of not being in the Champions League. Now we are and we have a chance to win it.”
The Stones have enjoyed a new season playing with Ruben Dias in the new season. He puts it under the influence of many managers Pep Guardiola and now he wants to return to City boss.
The 27-year-old said: “What he did for me and what he taught me on the pitch that I hope I can pay off with my performance.
“For everyone at the club, what he has brought to Manchester City in these five years is incredible – the amount of trophies, the memories.
“He’s important on and off the pitch and I’m sure he’s definitely dying to get his hands on it.”