The history remained intact as Chelsea beats Manchester City by 1 goal to nil to claim their second Champions League trophy and Man City became the 8th team who failed to win on their debut final in the UEFA Champions League competition.
It was echos of 2012 for the Blues. While the Sky Blues yet again failed to live up to their expectations. Pep Guardiola’s side was desperate to win this trophy, but unfortunately, Thomas Tuchel had other plans for the Premier League champions.
Let’s have a look at the individual performance displayed by the players of both the teams and rate the players accordingly out of a 10 point match rating.
Chelsea player ratings vs Manchester City:
Edouard Mendy (6): Did a pretty decent job whenever he was required. Although Man City never really tested him throughout the span of 90 minutes.
Cesar Azpilicueta (8): The Chelsea captain was at his best and played a major role in the defensive line to make sure that City never scored the equalizer. After the match, the Blues legend Joe Cole said “He takes his place standing among the giants of Chelsea”.
Thiago Silva (6): Looked good but had to leave the field after half an hour into the game with an injury.
Antonio Rudiger (8): Manchester City fans might hate him after this match as he was the man behind Kevin De Bruyne’s injury. Apart from that rash collision, he is excellent within the defense line for Chelsea as his immense block to stop Foden from getting a tap-in was a key moment of the game.
Reece James (8): No complaints the England wing-back showed what he is capable of when it comes to big games. He put on an impressive show and never let Raheem Sterling get away from him. After the match, Rio Ferdinand commented “Times like this, players become men” on Reece James.
N’Golo Kante (9): The men of the match. What a performance by the central defensive midfielder. He was exceptionally the best man playing out of the 22 present on the field. The Blues badge has a lion and yesterday they were playing in a stadium named after a dragon. This eventually proved to be the Frenchman, who was everywhere whenever Chelsea needed him the most.
Jorginho (7): Solid, but didn’t have to do much, as N’Golo Kante never really let him do anything.
Mason Mount (8): He played the most important game of his life yesterday. The England international also provided the most important pass of the game to set Havertz for the goal that made the Blues the 2-time Champions of the Champions League.
Kai Havertz (9): The men with the golden goal of the match. The German International worked hard not only on the offensive side but on the defensive side as well. Havertz made 3 tackles and 2 clearances apart from making the dangerous runs behind the City defenders. He is the star man for Chelsea and his big-money move eventually proving to be the Champions League winner in the end.
Timo Werner (5): The German international made some exceptional runs but his finishing was abysmal. He yet again missed two sitters early on in the game and was therefore substituted later on in the second half.
Andreas Christensen (8): He was solid as a rock coming from the bench for replacing Thiago Silva.
Christian Pulisic (5): He missed the chance to seal the deal for Chelsea and make it 2-0 for the Blues. He was good with his runs but poor with the finishing.
Mateo Kovacic (6): He won some important free kicks for the Blues to release some pressure at the end of the game. a decent performance.
Manchester City player ratings vs Chelsea:
Ederson (4): It was not his day. The Premier League golden glove winner had a poor game in one of the most important matches of his life. He made it very easy for Havertz- rushing out and exposing himself. His long passing at the end was even worse when City desperately wanted to keep the position.
Kyle Walker (6): Good with his forward runs but unfortunately it eventually proved to be ineffective.
John Stones (5): Struggled throughout the match with the runs of Chelsea players. He couldn’t stop Mount proving him too much time to get the pass to Havertz which eventually proved to be the decider.
Ruben Dias (7): The only player in the Sky Blues who was consistent with his performance throughout the game but unfortunately couldn’t stop Harvetz from scoring the match-winning goal.
Oleksandr Zinchenko (5): Decent performance as a defender just couldn’t stop Harvetz from scoring the crucial goal. He was a little poor judging the game.
Ilkay Gundogan (5): It was overall a decent performance considering the deeper role he played. However, the German International was nowhere near to his best.
Bernardo Silva (5): He was causing no trouble to the Chelsea defenders. The Portuguese was then eventually subbed off in the second half.
Kevin De Bruyne (5): Apart from one lovely cutback to Foden, he was lost between Chelsea’s defensive structure.
Phil Foden (6): Some really good runs behind the Chelsea defenders. However, he was not efficient enough with the amount of position he hand. Although he looked lively after Fernandinho came into the act.
Riyad Mahrez (5): He held on to the ball too long and was not quick with his movements as well. Overall Mahrez didn’t look like causing any trouble to the Blues defenders.
Raheem Sterling (4): The decision to start with the England international backfired for Pep Guardiola. While he worked hard and tried to get through James but was unsuccessful every time.
Gabriel Jesus (6): He could have started the game for the Sky Blues. The Brazilian striker looked lively after coming off the bench for the last 30 minutes.
Fernandinho (5): He was quite good with the defensive aspect and keeping the position for Man City. However, he could not deliver the key passes required by the City attackers.
Sergio Aguero (5): The Argentine was playing his last game for the Sky Blues. Coming off the bench for the last 15 minutes. He had two half-chances at the end but eventually could not convert them and ended his City career with a Champions League final defeat.