When Sheikh Mansour Zayed Al Nahyan bought Manchester City in 2008, the dream was to win the Champions League.
Since then, the club has conquered all of England but flattered to deceive in Europe.
On Sunday (3am), City will play in its first Champions League final when it takes on fellow English Premier League outfit Chelsea, determined to finally land the ‘Holy Grail’ of football.
If it does so, it will equal another record of Liverpool’s, who won the English league, League Cup and the European Cup (as the Champions League was called back then) in 1984.
City has already matched one of Liverpool’s records by winning its fourth consecutive League Cup earlier this season.
“I believe City can finally be champions of Europe,” said Simon Yang.
“It will be a good farewell to our record scorer, Sergio ‘Kun’ Aguero who is joining Barcelona after the match.
“He has given us such great service in the past 10 years and his 184 goals will be hard to beat.”
Standing in City’s way is Chelsea, which is playing in its third Champions League final – losing in 2008 and winning it four years later.
One man who is hoping to win over the fans is Timo Werner, who joined the London club earlier this year but has found it hard to adapt to the English game.
The German has only scored six times since his transfer from RB Leipzig.
“This is a match for Timo Werner to turn up. He has been an absolute dud this season,” said Chelsea fan Mohan Thambirajah.
“He has not done his job – score goals. If he does get it right against City, then with Christian Pulisic, Mason Mount and N’Golo Kante I simply cannot see Chelsea losing.
“The defence has been a revelation since Thomas Tuchel took over.
“This combination of defence and attack will be difficult for City to handle.
“I see another close encounter with victory by a goal to the Blues. If Werner turns up, then it will be an easy Chelsea victory.”