Time for City to step up once again, says Dias

Ruben Dias is confident that City will rise to the occasion in Saturday’s UEFA Champions League final.

Pep Guardiola’s men face Inter at the Ataturk Olympic Stadium, Istanbul, as we set our sights on a maiden triumph in Europe’s elite competition.

The Portuguese defender believes City have already demonstrated throughout the season that we can handle the pressure that encounters of this size bring.

And Dias has called for his team-mates to repeat the trick one final time in our pursuit of a historic Treble.


He said: “I have been saying for a long time - not just in these final moments in which everything gets decided but since a long time - when we got to February, March when the decisions come up, it’s the sweet spot.

“You see the character of the team when you reach these stages. You can see how much the team wants to move forward or if you start hiding.

“I guess since that moment we have seen our team show up every time and tomorrow will be no different.

“It’s a time for all of us to step up to the occasion. All of us want it and we will be there.”


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.