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Manchester City are set to make their first appearance in the Champions League Final against Chelsea tonight. Guardiola and City who have fought tooth and nail to come to the final will be hoping their eternal search for the European trophy ends today.

Tuchel’s Chelsea on the other hand would be hoping for a Roberto Di Mateo like finish to the fairy-tale-like Champions League journey this season. The former PSG boss missed out on the trophy last season after losing to Bayern Munich in the Final, something he would be wishing to avoid this time around.

In case you want to know more about the two teams and managers involved in the UCL final you can check out our preview of the match. Are we going to be treated with a thriller in Porto?


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Full Time: Chelsea 1-0 Manchester City

They have done it. Chelsea have lifted the Champions League after 10 years.

Chelsea hold on to win their second Champions League trophy thanks to Havertz’s first half strike! Pep Guardiola and City miss out on the big prize once again. Chelsea were outstanding but City really have themself to blame given that their tactics were off and that their players did not turn up. Here is our match report in detail.




ENJOY CHELSEA FANS! It is your night


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Chelsea Holding Firm

Kante and Christensen have made sharp blocks to deny City openings. Havertz and Pulisic up front have been putting the work in and have earned good free-kicks to relieve the pressure. City yet to create anything concrete and we’re into injury time.




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City Struggling To Get Through

Chelsea are still very comfortable with just five minutes of normal time left. A couple of through balls have threatened but nothing too concerning. Aguero has looked sharp but time running out for Guardiola and City!



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Not much time left here for City if they are to salvage anything from here. Chelsea are throwing bodies back towards their goal as they look to hold on to their one goal lead.



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Croatian Control

Tuchel makes his move in response to Guardiola’s changes with Mateo Kovacic coming on for Mason Mount. Mount had a great game and set up the Chelsea goal. Kovacic is more combative and defensive-minded and will help the Blues wrestle back some control.



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Raheem Sterling has had a disappointing game and is replaced by Man City’s all-time top scorer Sergio Aguero. Aguero has scored 15 goals against Chelsea in his career and is as close to guaranteed goals as they come. The structure however seems to be dissipating for City with Guardiola getting desperate. Will Aguero deliver in his last game for the Cityzens?



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N’Golo Kante starts off a delightful counterattack with some neat interplay between Havertz and Pulisic. The German plays in the American one on one with Ederson but Pulisic places his finish wide off the post. That should have been 2-0 to Chelsea!



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Azpi Intervenes!

Foden plays a delightful pass through to Mahrez who slides the ball across the face of the goal. Sterling was lining up to tap it in but the Chelsea captain slid across to clear the danger.

The Spaniard has hurt himself in the process and seems to have twisted his knee.




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Captain America Suit Up

Christian Pulisic becomes the first player from the USA to play in a Champions League final. The American replaces Timo Werner who has put quite a shift in despite not finishing off his chances.



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Pep brings on a defensive midfielder in the form of Fernandinho who replaces Bernardo Silva. Gundogan will now play a more advanced role and Fernandinho will sit in front of the defence to offer more control and protection against Chelsea’s counters.



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Penalty Shout For City!

Sterling smashes a shot that is blocked by Reece James. The City players cry for handball but the referee waves it away. The ball did seem to strike the English defender’s hand but it was by his side. A VAR check confirmed the on-field decision of no penalty.




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Perhaps a forced one, but Kevin De Bruyne is forced off due to a head injury. We hope it is nothing too serious. Gabriel Jesus will come on in his place. Given that De Bruyne was playing a central attacking role, Jesus will slot right in as his replacement.



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The Chelsea defender becomes the second player to be carded by the referee today. Rudiger made a cynical block on Kevin De Bruyne as the Belgian tried to get in behind. Both players need some treatment but things do not seem to be too bad or Rudiger, there is some concern for De Bruyne.


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The second half has seen a more restrained approach from both sides. City have dominated the ball since the restart but Chelsea are defending comfortably and looking to catch them on the run. 


N’Golo Kante has made a couple of good defensive blocks and tackles. Werner now looks to be playing the furthest man forward with Havertz offering more support to the midfield


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No changes for either side as the action resumes. Let’s see whether Guardiola’s men will be able to take control or will Chelsea put the game beyond their reach!



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More Of The Same For Tuchel

For Chelsea, the only concern is can they keep this up for another 45 minutes? The match has been intense and City will grow more as the game goes on. Without Thiago Silva, the defence does not look as sure-footed.




Azpilicueta has, as always, been outstanding. Chelsea really do not need to change anything given that they have created openings apart from the goal as well. Tuchel may however consider swapping an attacking midfielder for Kovacic who can offer more control.


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Time To Rethink

City started off on the front foot but Chelsea have been on top in the first half. The Sky Blues’ defence is struggling to cope with the pace of Werner and Havertz while Mount and Chilwell’s link-up down the right has caused problems as well.



Guardiola may consider bringing on either Rodri or Fernandinho. Chelsea are picking up the second balls in their attacking half too easily and should have been further in front had they been more incisive.


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Half Time – Chelsea 1-0 Manchester City

And Breathe. Chelsea head into the break a goal up thanks to Kai Havertz. The game has been highly entertaining with both teams setting up to attack. The midfield has been very open. Werner and Sterling missed good chances but Havertz made no mistake after being played through by Mount.



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Kai Havertz draws first blood for Chelsea after a delightful through ball by Mason Mount. The pass split open the City defence. Havertz got there ahead of Ederson and rounded off the City keeper before tapping into an empty net!



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The Brazilian veteran cannot carry on and is replaced by Andreas Christensen. Silva tried to soldier on but perhaps for the good of the team decided to go off. It is a like for like change and the system remains the same for Tuchel and Chelsea.



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Gundogan gets booked for a late tackle on Mount. No complaints for the German midfielder as that was as easy as refereeing decisions come in the Champions League final.

Meanwhile, there is a concern for Tuchel as Thiago Silva seems to be struggling slightly with a groin issue but looks like he will try and carry on for now.


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Antonio Rudiger with a wonderful sliding tackle to block Foden’s shot. Chelsea lost the ball in midfield with City pressing at 100 miles an hour. The English youngster was played in but the German defender slid in brilliantly at the last second to block his shot.





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Both sides have had their fair share of chances so far in the game but neither has decided to take them. Meanwhile, there are no shortage of chances being created.




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Werner’s pace once again pushes City’s line back which gives space to the midfield line. This time he lays it off to Chilwell who crosses towards the back post. An incoming Kante, though, headed wide under pressure.



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Chelsea link-up well down the left with Havertz, Mount and Chilwell involved with some neat interplay. City are struggling slightly to deal with Chelsea’s pace.

Werner however does not have his shooting boots on again. First he hit his shot close to Ederson who saved comfortably before hitting the side netting in the second wave.



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Werner scuffs a shot from a cutback from the left-hand side and City get on the counter straight away. Sterling involved once again as he played a decent ball across but Chilwell got back in time to clear it away.

Werner really should have done better though. What a start to the match.


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City have started on the front foot over here as they look to stamp their authority on the pitch straight away.

The Sky Blues have made a lightning start to the match. Kevin De Bruyne seems to be lining up as the central attacker, call it a false 9 if you may. Sterling plays out on the left and Mahrez on the right with Foden playing alongside Silva and Gundogan in midfield.


For Chelsea, Havertz has lined up as the central striker with Werner playing a deeper role.


Sterling has a big chance! A brilliant ball from Ederson sent the winger through but Mendy got out quickly to make things hard for the City man.

City have been pressing rapidly right from the off and are forcing some Chelsea errors. The Blues however are coping well and made a few threatening inroads down the right-hand side through Werner and Havertz


8′ – Superb ball by CIty’s No.1 there as he releases Sterling through on goal, only for Reece James to shrug him off at the crucial moment.

Thoughts so far? Classic Werner and Classic Sterling


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Manchester City could become the 23rd team to win the Champions League or the European Cup and the fifth English club after Manchester United, Nottingham Forrest, Aston Villa, Liverpool and Chelsea.

Pep Guardiola could become just the fourth manager to win the Champions League three times after Bob Paisley, Carlo Ancelotti and Zinedine Zidane. Of these, only Ancelotti has won it with more than one club.






Chelsea could become the 13th club in history to win the trophy more than once. Edouard Mendy can equal the record for most clean sheets in a single season should he shut-out Man City’s potent attack. 

Zak Steffen or Christian Pulisic, whoever triumphs, will become the first American to lift the Champions League trophy.


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The teams are out for the warm-up and the teams look up for it. Phil Foden is entertaining the crowd with some keepy-ups. After some trouble in the streets yesterday, the English supporters have calmed down and are out in full voice.

Marshmello is about to begin his opening ceremony performance as the players make the final adjustments in their preparations. Grab a drink, some popcorn and hold on to the edge of your seats!




Looks like the battle had already begun way before the players have stepped out on the pitch.

Oh yes, and for those of you who cannot wait to see tonights winner, #PepperTheGolden has made the job easy for you.




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This season Manchester City and Chelsea have clashed three times already – twice in the Premier League and once in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley. In the first meeting at the turn of the year, a depleted City got the better of Chelsea, running out 3-1 winners at Stamford Bridge.



However, Thomas Tuchel has overseen two consecutive Blues wins over the Premier League champions since taking over at Chelsea. The German manager outclassed Guardiola in the FA Cup, winning 1-0 thanks to a Hakim Ziyech goal before halting City’s title procession with a 2-1 win at the Etihad in May.


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The lineups are in and the major talking point is that Pep Guardiola has decided to play without a defensive midfielder – neither Rodri nor Fernandinho are starting. Ilkay Gundogan will presumably play the holding role for Man City. Is this another one of Pep’s classic overthinking moments in the Champions League or has the Catalan pulled a rabbit out of the hat?




For Chelsea, Timo Werner and Kai Havertz start ahead of Christian Pulisic and Hakim Ziyech. Werner and Havertz have had a stop-start first season in England but no better way to prove doubters wrong than to come through in the Champions League final! Will their pace hurt City on the counter? Especially with no proper defensive midfielder to protect the backline.


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Manchester City (4-3-3): Ederson; Walker, Dias, Stones, Zinchenko; Gundogan, De Bruyne, Bernardo Silva; Mahrez, Sterling, Foden


Chelsea (3-4-2-1): Mendy; Azpilicueta, Thiago Silva, Rudiger; James, Kante, Jorginho, Chilwell; Mount, Werner; Havertz





Ritwik Khanna
Economics student supporting FC Goa and Manchester United, in true masochistic way. Can be found reading Jonathan Wilson and Sid Lowe or planning a quirky trip in his free time.

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