Raheem Sterling has urged Manchester City to approach to the Champions League final with a ‘clean mindset’ as the club look to ‘create history’ against Chelsea.
City face Chelsea in their first-ever Champions League final appearance on Saturday, as Pep Guardiola’s side seek a historic treble following Premier League and League Cup success this season.
Guardiola’s side have struggled to make an impression on the latter stages in Europe in recent years, but now have a chance to be crowned as the continent’s finest for the first time against the west Londoners in Porto.
Sterling has discussed the atmosphere surrounding the squad ahead of a huge occasion and says City are ‘relaxed’, insisting he is confident his side can ‘create something special’ this weekend.
“The only thing that can stop us is ourselves,“ Sterling said. “I expect a difficult test, but I expect us to pull through. We have an opportunity to create something special.
“The camp is pretty relaxed. Being in finals before, that only gives you experience. We have to not let the occasion get to us and play our football.”
City have twice been beaten by Chelsea in recent months following Thomas Tuchel’s arrival as head coach at Stamford Bridge, suffering defeat in both the Premier League run-in and the FA Cup semi-final.
Sterling says those previous meetings count for little ahead of a clash on club football’s biggest stage, however, urging his side to approach the game with a ‘clean mindset’ as they bid to make history.
“This is a Champions League final. On the day, things are a lot different,” he added.
“You go in with a clean mindset. Those games go out the window.
“It is a massive achievement to get here but the club won’t be happy with just that.
“It is a club that is ambitious and growing all the time so it would be a massive for the fans if we get that first Champions League.
“Once you get a taste of something you want more. Hopefully, we can make history.”