It was a 100% Premier League dream poster that was offered tonight in the Champions League final at the Estádio do Dragão in Porto. Pep Guardiola announced the color with a very offensive 4-3-3 composition with Raheem Sterling aligned from the start in place of Fernandinho placed to everyone’s surprise on the bench. A daring choice that tried to prove that the former Barça coach wanted more than anything to glean a new cup with big ears. On the side of Thomas Tuchel, a classic eleven, also was proposed in 4-3-3, with as a small surprise, Kai Havertz aligned in place of Christian Pulisic.
From the outset, City led the first stroke by Raheem Sterling. Party in the back of Reece James, the attacker of the Citizens appeared in the area in front of Edouard Mendy who managed to deflect the ball for a corner by closing the angle and through a dive. The Blues reacted quickly through a very active Timo Werner on the attack front but still missed three big chances in 5 minutes (10th, 14th, 15th). Chelsea then did better than defend themselves and despite the injury exit of Thiago Silva on injury (38th) managed to open the scoring through Kai Harvetz following a magnificent collective action and a wonderful in-depth assist from Mason Mount. At half-time, Thomas Tuchel dominated tactically and the score Pep Guardiola (1-0).
Sores, intensity and at the end a coronation of the Blues!
The second period started again at an incredible pace and intensity. If the opportunities were fewer, the physique of the 22 actors was put to the test and on contact with Antonio Rudiger, Kevin De Bruyne left his teammates in tears and ended the meeting in the stands with a hell of a cock in the eye. In the 68th minute, Manchester City, who could now count on a Fernandinho freshly entered and who had sorely missed until then, sounded the revolt through Phil Foden who shifted Riyad Mahrez who centered for Gundogan. But Cesar Azpilicueta saved his people from a saving tackle and failed to leave his own a few moments later on a shock to the knee.
The Blues, who were content to manage their short advantage, were still dangerous and Christian Pulisic (73rd) failed to give a definitive advantage to his team with a too crossed strike when he was ideally placed. Manchester City pushed during the last quarter of an hour and failed to equalize through Gabriel Jesus who missed his Madjer (75th). The entry at the end of the match of Sergio Aguero for his last with Manchester City did not change anything despite an incredible opportunity from Riyad Mahrez in the dying seconds of the match. Despite the efforts of the Citizens, the Blues managed to hold this score of 1-0 until the end and won the second Champions League in its history. On the side of Thomas Tuchel, it is an incredible revenge since he had failed in the last edition against Bayern Munich and had been expelled from PSG this winter. Finally, Pep Guardiola and Manchester City, who were still unbeaten before this final this season in C1, failed once again in a competition that really does not succeed at the Mancunian club …
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