Chelsea skipper César Azpilicueta has given his thoughts on his club’s desire to beat Manchester City ahead of their Champions League final showdown on Saturday.
Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta is hoping to lead the club to their second UCL title with a win over Manchester City in Saturday’s Champions League final 9 years after joining the club.
Notably, Azpilicueta joined the Blues as a 22-year-old from Olympique de Marseille in August 2012, weeks after Roberto Di Matteo’s Chelsea beat Bayern Munich on penalties in the final.
“Unfortunately I wasn’t here in 2012. Personally, when I signed for Chelsea I wanted to repeat that. It has taken nine years and now we have this opportunity head of us that we want to take,” he told the pre-final news conference.
“We have the mentality that we know we have to give everything on the pitch. We have a challenge ahead of us and we know we have to suffer for moments and we have to accept it. Of course,, it is the biggest game of the season and we are ready for it,” he said.
Azpilicueta, who has featured recently at right wing-back and on the right side of a three-man central defence, clearly has a leadership role at the club.
“I am really proud (to lead the team out) but we want to win it. I hope I’m even prouder after the game. This is a massive opportunity, it took nine years to be back here,” he added.
The one constant throughout the Spaniard’s time at the club has been Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich and the skipper said the Russian businessman had set the tone.
“Since I came here I have seen a real desire not just to win on the pitch but also with the work in the community, as we have seen in the last couple of months with the pandemic.
“He is the owner, he always showed the desire to make the club winners and try to get the best for the club”.
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