Fernandinho expecting tough Chelsea test
Fernandinho hailed the "special feeling" of finally helping Manchester City to a Champions League final but insists that anything less than "200 percent" will add up to more heartache against Chelsea in Porto.
City are 10/11 to beat Chelsea inside 90 minutes and win the Champions League for the first time. They are 4/9 to lift the trophy with Chelsea a 7/4 chance.
Fernandinho is in his eighth season at The Etihad and says it is an honour to be able to captain his team to the biggest game in their history – even though he is not guaranteed to be on the pitch in Portugal.
The 36-year-old Brazilian, who lifted the Premier League trophy on Sunday, part two of what would be an incredible treble, has only started 12 league matches this season and three more in Europe having become an understudy to Spain international Rodri.
He did start the second leg of their semi-final against Paris Saint-Germain and was outstanding in an impressive 2-0 win.
Whether he is on the pitch or on the bench, Fernandinho is clear what is needed to beat a Chelsea side who have done the double over City in the last few weeks, beating them 1-0 in the FA Cup and 2-1 in Manchester in the league.
"We've always got to give 100 per cent, 100 per cent of the time, and I think in a game like this anything less than 200 per cent won't be enough to win it," he told reporters.
"There's no doubt that it's a special game and a special feeling, because for me personally, having been playing in Europe for a while now, I've had a chance to play in many Champions League seasons and I'd only got as far as the semis with Manchester City, so it's really satisfying."