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Mateo Kovacic has had an experience in winning the Champions League, as he was part of the Real Madrid side which won the Champions League in three consecutive years from 2016 to 2018.
Despite winning three Champions League medals, this season will be a bit different for the Blues midfielder. The Croatian wasn’t a key part of the Real Madrid side and never featured in the final of the Champions League.
Kovacic is raring to go ahead of Saturday’s final, and has vowed to put in his best for his side to win the final.
He said ahead of the game: “It would be huge for me to play in the final, it would mean a lot. 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.”
Now among the older members of the squad, Kovacic believes that the young players in the team already have the experience to play at the highest level.
Kovacic said: “A few years ago I was always the youngest in my team and now I see so many young players at my side. It’s amazing that they experience something like this, at such a young age they are reaching a Champions League final.
“I don’t think I need to help them with anything because they are motivated, they want to win, these young players already have experience. They’ve already reached FA Cup finals, they play for Chelsea, the second season in a row they are in the top four. The guys have experience and we are here to stay together and do our best to win on Saturday.”