Pep Guardiola’s side have claimed Carabao Cup and Premier League glory this season, with a historic European triumph now in their sights
John Stones says City have the “passion and desire” for Champions League glory, while Chelsea warn Guardiola’s side are in “perfect shape” ahead of European showdown in Porto.
On Saturday, two domestic rivals will face off for a prestigious continental prize.
City head into that contest with Carabao Cup and Premier League titles under their belt, with Stones expecting any nerves in the Etihad Stadium camp to be countered by their determination to secure a historic European triumph.
WHAT HAS BEEN SAID?
The Manchester City midfielder told reporters about the mood in Pep Guardiola’s squad following a 5-0 demolition of Everton: “We will all be nervous, but the lads wouldn’t be where they are without being able to handle pressure, no matter how high.
For this occasion, we’ve got the right players. We’ve been to countless finals. We’re passionate and determined to win.
“TO FINISH THE PREMIER LEAGUE ON A HIGH LIKE THAT IS WHAT WE NEEDED AND TO GO INTO THE NEXT GAME, SCORING SO MANY GOALS AND KEEPING A CLEAN SHEET, IS PERFECT.”
IS CITY REWARDED AGAIN?
The Blues are now one game away from completing another treble and adding to the enviable collection of honors that have already been secured under Guardiola’s guidance.
City took another Premier League title with a 12-point lead over the chasing pack despite an uncharacteristically slow start to the season.
On those efforts, Stones added: “It’s been an incredible season. From where we were in December, I think it shows the strength of the boys. Everyone has pulled their weight and come together as a team.
“WE HAVE GOT ANOTHER GAME TO GO, WE CAN MAKE SOME MORE HISTORY BUT IN THESE TIMES – COVID TIMES, EVERYTHING DIFFERENT AND DIFFICULT, GAMES EVERY THREE DAYS – IT SHOULDN’T BE UNDERESTIMATED WHAT WE’VE ALL DONE THIS SEASON AS A CLUB.”
Sergio Aguero farewell
Whatever happens on Saturday, City will be bidding farewell to Sergio Aguero this summer.
The club’s all-time top scorer scored two more goals against Everton, bringing his total to 260, and Stones feels privileged to have worked with such a great player.
Argentine striker Sergio Aguero, who appears destined to join Barcelona as a free agent, said: “It’s been an honor to play with him.”.
“For me, he’s the best striker in the Premier League, maybe ever.
“FOR WHAT HE’S BROUGHT TO THE TEAM – TROPHIES AND AS A PERSON – HE’S JUST A PLEASURE TO PLAY WITH. I’VE GOT SOME GREAT MEMORIES THAT WILL LAST FOREVER.”