National player Ilkay Gündogan expects a Champions League final at eye level. “We would certainly have been the clear favorites in the winter, but under Thomas Tuchel, Chelsea have caught up with the European leaders,” said the Manchester City midfielder before the premier class final in Porto on Saturday against Chelsea (from 9 p.m. live on DAZN) the Sports picture.
Gündogan emphasized that he had “huge respect for the team”. But he hopes “that in the end we will be a percentage point or two better and win the title.”
For Chelsea defender Antonio Rüdiger it is “the most important game of my career so far”. For the national player, “a victory would be absolutely amazing”. He had “certainly not dreamed of that at the end of 2020”.
Due to the final, Gündogan and Rüdiger as well as the other Chelsea pros Kai Havertz and Timo Werner miss the start of the EM training camp for the German national soccer team on Friday in Seefeld / Tyrol. “That is positive. You wish the players to be in a final like this,” said national coach Joachim Löw.