Lescott: Champions League build-up feels different to 2021

Joleon Lescott believes City are approaching the UEFA Champions League final with a renewed level of confidence.

Pep Guardiola's men have reached the European showpiece for a second time in three seasons after facing Chelsea in the 2021 equivalent.

On that occasion we were edged out by a single goal in Porto, but two-time Premier League champion Lescott feels there's a different edge to this current City side compared to two years ago.


Speaking at Istanbul's Ataturk Olympic Stadium with fellow former City defender Nedum Onuoha and Matchday Live presenter FG, he said: "There are so many players that are playing well and probably in a place where they've never been before as a personal performance.

"You get to a stage in your career where you just know and feel almost invincible.

"It seems that they're playing like that with that level of confidence but with the balance of it not being arrogance.

"It feels different to two years ago."

Hear Joleon and Nedum's pre-match thoughts in full via the video above...


You can follow all of the action on our official app with our Matchday Centre beginning at 16:00 (UK).

Our Matchday Live programme, live from Istanbul, will begin around 18:20 (UK).

Host Natalie Pike will be joined by Matchday Live veterans Nedum Onuoha, Shaun Wright-Phillips and Steph Houghton to provide City-centric insight in the build-up to the game.

The guests will also answer viewer questions throughout the broadcast, with audience participation actively encouraged on Matchday Live.

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During the game you can listen to live audio commentary while our text commentary continues.

A detailed match report will be posted upon the game’s completion before we provide you with post-match reaction from Guardiola and the players.

Short highlights and a full-match replay (for CITY+ and Recast subscribers) from the match will be available from 23:00 (UK) Saturday with extended highlights available from 23:00 (UK) Sunday 11 June.