Mateo Kovacic might boast three Champions League winners’ medals however he’ll nonetheless break new ground by taking the field to Chelsea in Saturday’s final.
Croatia midfielder Kovacic appeared throughout all three of Real Madrid’s Champions League straight wins between 2016 and 2018, however has by no means played in a final.
The 27-year-old was an unused substitute within the 4-1 win over Juventus in 2017 and a 3-1 victory against Liverpool a year later.
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So if and when he steps out against Manchester City in Porto on Saturday, he cuts a private duck – then shortly refocuses on chasing the trophy.
“Clearly I used to be three years in Madrid and sadly I did not play in a final,” said Kovacic.
“It is by no means simple, however I played my half in that team, which was presupposed to be there and if somebody was injured or could not play, I used to be all the time there to assist. That was my half there.
“Chelsea is a bit completely different. It could be large for me to play in a final.
“Once I left Madrid I said I’d try my best to work very hard to achieve the final and play at one point, and thank God we’re right here.
“We’ll play a big recreation on Saturday, however within the end it is necessary that the team wins.
“It by no means issues who would be the foremost determine or who will start the sport, an important factor is just the team.
“In Chelsea we confirmed that we’re a household, a team, and we’ll do that on Saturday – try to be a team and do our best to win the trophy.”
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Kovacic Real traded for Chelsea on loan in the summertime of 2018, earlier than making the swap everlasting a year later.
He has discovered his area of interest at Stamford Bridge, and ought to seem against City now that his current hamstring problem is past.
If Chelsea bought upset and tackled Pep Guardiola’s City, Kovacic insisted that he wouldn’t reward any success at Chelsea earlier than his Real achievements.
When requested if a winners’ medal with a extra central position with Chelsea would imply greater than his gongs from Real, Kovacic replied: “Each are particular, each will likely be in a particular place as a result of it’s big to win the Champions League title , it is by no means simple.
“In Madrid I gained it three occasions, not played within the finals, however I used to be nonetheless there and all the time the team wins.
“So now some players will not be taking part in they should know that this can be a team sport and we win as a team and lose as a team.
“Within the end it does not matter who will play. After all somebody will likely be disappointed and it is regular however within the finals we should be a team, all 25, 26 players to point out that everybody has played their half, perhaps some extra and some much less however this can be a team sport and we’ll do our best to be a team.
“To be household and do our best on Saturday.”