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Kyle Walker says Manchester City are determined to “put right the wrongs” of their 2021 Champions League final defeat to Chelsea when they face Inter Milan on Saturday.

City’s only prior Champions League final appearance came in 2021 and ended in a 1-0 loss to a Chelsea side they had finished 19 points ahead of in the Premier League that season.

Walker started the 2021 final and said dwelling on the loss to Chelsea was not possible as he had to switch his focus to the 2020 European Championships, which kicked off less than two weeks later. The defender was one of four City players in Gareth Southgate’s Euro 2020 squad alongside three members of Chelsea’s Champions League winning side.

“I didn’t really have much time to get over it as I had to tune back into England and go and compete in a tournament for my country,” he added. “It was hard seeing all the Chelsea boys there. You say congratulations to them because they are your team-mates now but it was tough.

“But then I experienced a loss against Italy in the final and then I had to pick myself up again and get ready for the season. That’s football, it’s part of your career that everything is not going to go swimmingly well. I wasn’t playing at the start of the season but things change in football.

“This is 90 minutes of football where we have to make sure we are winning at all costs.”

City have won 11 major trophies during Pep Guardiola’s seven seasons in charge — including five Premier League titles in six years — but European success has so far proved elusive.

Walker said City will not be defined by success or failure in the Champions League but victory in Saturday’s final will contribute to whether they can be considered one of the Premier League’s all-time great sides.

“It doesn’t define what this squad has achieved over the last six years, it doesn’t define us if we go on and win this or not,” Walker said. “It helps massively to say that we can be put in that category of probably one of the best Premier League teams of all time. We don’t win five Premier Leagues in six years if we are not a good team.

“We kind of know we are a good team but to be recognised globally as one of the best teams you need to win the Champions League. We are not beating around the bush with that, we know this is now a great opportunity, we have a second chance definitely with Pep and the group of players who have stayed around and we need to put right the wrongs we did against Chelsea.”

Walker did not take part in Tuesday’s training session ahead of the final due to a back injury and Guardiola confirmed his absence was precautionary after a flare up in recent days.

Despite Guardiola’s caution, the 33-year-old told reporters he was confident of being fit to feature and would not “be missing the Champions League final for anything.”

(Photo: Getty Images)



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