The Croatian national football team member Mateo Kovačić said on Tuesday that he hopes to participate in the UEFA Champions League final this season. Three games.
“It will be a great thing to play in the Champions League final at Chelsea now. It is really great, but now we are only in the quarter-finals, so we need to move forward step by step. Tomorrow we will have a big opponent Porto,” Kovavic, 26, at a press conference.
The Croatian midfielder won the UEFA Champions League with the London Blues in 2019. He believes that after a 16-round victory over Atletico Madrid, he can go further in the Champions League this season.
“I firmly believe that Chelsea can go further. Every time our self-confidence is getting stronger and stronger. We are a mixture of young talented players and experienced players, so we are ready for every opponent and challenge. Prepare. Tomorrow is a challenging season. We all want to play a great game.” Kovačić said, wearing a blue Chelsea jersey behind him, and has 37 games this season, during which time he Two assists.
Kovacic won the UEFA Champions League three times during Real Madrid (2016, 2017, 2018). But coach Zinedine Zidane did not give him the opportunity to participate in the game, he could only be in the stands against Atletico and on the bench against Juventus and Liverpool. This is why Kovacic left Madrid for London.
On Wednesday, he will face former Royal teammate Pepe of Portugal, 38, who helped Porto eliminate Juventus in the 16th round.
“We know how much Pepe can bring to his team. This fighter is also an experienced player, so he brings vitality to the team. But I am not worried about him because our forwards are used to Strong defenders play the game. The Premier League has a strong stopper, so we are ready for this game. Good players will abound.
“Speaking of Pepe, I want to point out that he is a good person, a good person, and a very good teammate. Since we shared the Real Madrid locker room, I am very grateful for his attitude towards me. I love him alone, as a player , He is really great.” Croatian national team player said.
Chelsea ranks fifth in the British Championship and Porto ranks second in Portuguese, so Kovacic is expected to face uncertainty at the Dragon Stadium in Porto.
“This is a difficult game because Porto is a good team, we saw it when we defeated the great rival Juventus. They showed solidarity and excellent teamwork, so this will be an excellent team. A difficult game. In the Champions League, every game he summed up: “It’s very difficult, but we are ready for her. “