There’s only one game left to determine the best in European soccer. It’s the 2022-23 UEFA Champions League (UCL) final.
On May 11, the final will take place at the Ataturk Olympic Stadium in Istanbul, Turkey, between Manchester City of England and Inter Milan of Italy.
Ahead of the showdown, many experts and fans are predicting a City victory. This is because City’s form this season has been unrivaled. They’ve already won the English Premier League (EPL) and FA Cup. All they need is the UCL and they’ll be on their way to the club’s first ever “treble” and the second in English history.
Ahead of the match, City defender John Stones spoke to Sky Sports about his desire to win the title.
First, he recalled the past. “When I started playing, I was a very poor player with no real ability,” Stones said. “I had no faith in myself, no expectations of success.
He just stuck to his guns and did what he had to do, and slowly, over time, he became a professional player, entered the English Premier League (EPL), the best league in the world, won five EPL titles, and earned a spot on the England national team. And now he’s on the verge of a treble. It’s a life he says.
“I wasn’t sure if I could make it as a soccer player,” says Stones. I never thought I would be a professional player. It didn’t even make sense to win the EPL, let alone play in the EPL. I never thought about playing for the England national team either,” he confessed.
“When I look at what I’m doing now, I can’t really put it into words. I can’t put into words my journey and all the things that have made me who I am today.”
For now, Stones has one eye on the UCL final. Everyone is picking City to win, but they can’t let their guard down. Back in the 2020-21 season, in a similar atmosphere to now, City fell to Chelsea 0-1 in the UCL final. No mistakes again 안전놀이터
Reflecting on 2021, Stones said: “We’re not going to let that happen again. “At the time, we were somewhere we’d never been before, facing a situation we’d never done before. We didn’t know what to do or how to do it.”
It’s different now. “I went through those difficult times, and I know how hard it is to lose a final. I don’t want to feel that way again,” he says with determination.