Chelsea player tells Tuchel he wants to play in Champions League final

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Despite being part of the Real Madrid side which won the Champions League in three consecutive years from 2016 to 2018, Mateo Kovacic didn’t make it off the bench for the Spanish side in any of those finals.

Kovacic hopes to play the Champions League final against Manchester City on Sunday.

“It would be huge for me to play in the final, it would mean a lot,” Tuchel said.

“Obviously I was three years at Madrid and unfortunately I didn’t play in a final. It’s never easy but I played my part in that team, which was if somebody was injured or could not play I was always there to help. That was my part there, at Chelsea it is a little bit different.

“When I left Madrid I said I would try my best and work very hard to one time reach the final and play and now thanks to God we are here, we play a big game on Saturday, but in the end it’s just important that the team wins.

“It never matters who will be the main figure or the star of the game, the most important thing is just the team and I think at Chelsea we have shown that we are a family.

“I played my part in Madrid. Not a big part like I’m maybe doing here now, and it’s different. It’s nice to reach a Champions League final with Chelsea and of course I came here to win trophies, which is the most important thing as Chelsea is a club that is known for winning trophies.

“So it’s a huge achievement to get here, but we haven’t won anything yet. We have a big game on Saturday and we will do everything to win it.”

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