Chelsea emerged 1-0 winners against Manchester City in the final of the UEFA Champions League. Finally, Thomas Tuchel has his hands on the trophy that he failed to win last year after his former club, Paris Saint Germain, lost 1-0 to Bayern Munich.
Tuchel has made it three consecutive victories against Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City this season after taking charge in January. He successfully completed the job started by the former coach, Frank Lampard, and is now looking forward to a contract extension.
Kai Havertz scored the only goal as the Blues are Champions of Europe for their second time ever. The Cityzens were clueless about how to stop their rivals from winning the trophy and overthinking cost a lot for Guardiola.
Chelsea 1-0 Manchester City : Team News
Chelsea made two changes after a disappointing 2-1 loss to Aston Villa. Tuchel fielded a typical 3-4-3 formation.
Whereas, Manchester City started with a 4-3-3 formation with Kevin de Bruyne leading the attack. Guardiola made just two changes including Bernardo Silva and Ilkay Gundogan in the starting 11.
Chelsea 1-0 Manchester City: Analysis
Manchester City were mostly dominating the match but were the least clinical in terms of attack. Chelsea on the other hand were winning back the possession at times and were looking forward to creating more chances. Kai Havertz had a shot on target after a good link-up play by Werner and N’Golo Kante.
Timo Werner missed a wonderful chance to put his team ahead in the tenth minute. The Sky Blues attack was clueless against their opponent’s defence. Reece James, Kante, and Rudiger were simply too hot to handle.
However, the deadlock was finally broken in the 42nd minute after a scintillating counter-attacking display and poor goalkeeping from Ederson. Kai Havertz successfully scored his first-ever Champions League goal, which might give them the title!
The first-half goal gave the Blues a psychological advantage as they started to look almost impermeable in the defensive department. Kante was maintaining the flow as he put up some brilliant no-nonsense defending and recovering the ball whenever needed.
Although the only real chance for the Citizens was the penalty appeal, they were almost lacking the cutting edge. The Pensioners put up a defensive masterclass as Pep Guardiola was left clueless about how to tackle them. Additionally, Christian Pulisic had a chance to seal the game with just 15 minutes left but the shot was well wide.
N’Golo Kante (9/10) – He has been the Man of the Match for the three successive matches in the Europe’s elite competition. The Frenchman was just all around the pitch attacking and defending in almost the perfect way.
Reece James (8/10) – The youngster had once again proved to be decisive after a rock solid defensive display. This match was one of his best ever performances and what a perfect time for it!
Ilkay Gundogan (5/10) – He was surprisingly included as a defensive midfielder. It wasn’t a best ever lineup selection by Pep Guardiola and thus, it proved costly.
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