The footballing season of 2020-21 in Europe is all set to come to an end with the set-piece Champions League final on Sunday in Porto. A competition where, a total of 32 teams battle all throughout the season to fight for European supremacy will come to an end when Manchester City take on Chelsea in the marquee event.
The biggest match of the season will see an English affair, to determine who takes the European trophy to cap off what has been a weird season due to the Covid-19 pandemic around the world.
Champions League Final- Manchester City vs Chelsea- Match Info
- Venue – Estadio De Dragao
- Date & Time – 30th May, 12.30 A.M IST
- Match Referee– Antonio Mateu Lahoz (Spain)
- Assistant referees – Pau Cebrián Devís, Roberto del Palomar
- Video Assistant Referee- Alejandro Hernández
Champions League Final- Chelsea FC Preview
Chelsea have managed to turn their season around in emphatic style under the management of Thomas Tuchel and will play in their first Champions League final in 8 years. The Blues finished fourth in the Premier League and have already secured Champions League football for next season. Thomas Tuchel looks to have found a well working formula for most of his players and his team have delivered the necessary results on the pitch.
With the amount of money spent on the Chelsea squad in the recent transfer windows, a Champions League glory would bring the success which their owner had hoped for. Chelsea have already eliminated the likes of Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid and Porto on their way to the finals and are deserving finalists. They also have the edge over their rivals on Sunday, City after having defeated them twice in the last two matches in the Premier League and FA Cup semi-finals.
Champions League Final- Manchester City Preview-
The Citizens as the club is fondly called have created history this season by qualifying for the Champions League finals for the first time. Under Pep Guardiola, Manchester City have already won 2 titles this season – Premier League and the Carabao Cup and are looking to make it 3 on Sunday, by winning the Champions League finals.
City have been in great form in the Premier League, wherein they registered a record run of 16 wins on the trot. Manchester City have eliminated the likes of Paris Saint-Germain, Borussia Dortmund and Borussia Monchengladbach and have made their way to their maiden European final this season. Pep Guardiola boasts of a great records in finals and will look to take it one further by winning his 2nd Champions League trophy as a manager.
Manchester City vs Chelsea Team News
Manchester City have no major injuries and Pep Guardiola will have a full squad to choose from for the biggest match in City’s history. Sergio Aguero‘s farewell match could see him feature for the Citizens and play a major part if given a chance as the Argentine has proved his fitness in the past few weeks.
Chelsea too have no major absentees for the marquee event and will travel with a full 25-man for the Champions League finals. Eduoard Mendy who suffered a knock in the last game has recovered and so has N’Golo Kante. The duo will have plenty to do in the finals if Chelsea are to win the title.
GOALKEEPERS: Kepa Arrizabalaga, Willy Caballero, Édouard Mendy.
DEFENDERS: Antonio Rüdiger, Andreas Christensen, Thiago Silva, Kurt Zouma, Marcos Alonso, Ben Chilwell, Emerson, Reece James, César Azpilicueta.
MIDFIELDERS: Jorginho, N’Golo Kanté, Mateo Kovačić, Billy Gilmour.
ATTACKERS: Tammy Abraham, Timo Werner, Olivier Giroud, Christian Pulisic, Mason Mount, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Hakim Ziyech, Kai Havertz, Tino Anjorin.
Manchester City Squad
Goalkeepers: Ederson, Zack Steffen, Scott Carson, James Trafford
Defenders: Benjamin Mendy, Aymeric Laporte, Joao Cancelo, Kyle Walker, Ruben Dias, Eric Garcia, John Stones, Nathan Ake, Aleks Zinchenko
Midfielders: Ilkay Gundogan, Rodri, Kevin De Bruyne, Bernardo Silva, Fernandinho
Forwards: Riyad Mahrez, Phil Foden, Ferran Torres, Gabriel Jesus, Sergio Aguero, Raheem Sterling.
JOURNEY TO THE CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FINALS
|Semi-finals: 4-1 vs Paris Saint-Germain||Semi-final: 3-1 Real Madrid|
|Quarter-finals:4-2 vs Borussia Dortmund||Quarter-finals: 2-0 FC Porto|
|Round of 16:4-0 vs Borussia Monchengladbach||Round of 16: 3-0 Atletico Madrid|
|Group C: Winners||Group E: Winners|
Chelsea Last 5 Matches –
- Chelsea 1-2 Aston Villa
- Chelsea 2-1 Leicester City
- Chelsea 0-1 Leicester City
- Chelsea 0-1 Arsenal
- Chelsea 2-1 Manchester City
Manchester City Last 5 Matches
- Manchester City 5-0 Everton
- Manchester City 2-3 Brighton
- Manchester City 4-3 Newcastle
- Manchester City 1-2 Chelsea
- Manchester City 2-0 Paris-Saint-Germain
Champions League Final- Manchester City vs Chelsea Predictions:
Expect the Champions League finals to a be cagey event, with both tacticians in the respective benches. Manchester City have a more experienced squad compared to Chelsea but this is a first big final for both the sides. Evidently, the team which handles the pressure of occassion better will come out on top after the 90 minutes. A total of 12,000 fans will be in attendance for the Champions League finals and they would be keen to make their voices heard on the big occasion.
Even in the fantasy markets, Manchester City average odds have shortened from -153 to -225. We expect a Manchester City win given Pep Guardiola’s impeccable record in the finals of a competition. Manchester City might just have the upper hand on the day over their English rivals and take home the Champions League trophy for the first time.
FINAL SCORELINE PREDICTIONS – Manchester City 2-1 Chelsea