It’s finally here! We’re about to see an all-English final in Europe’s top club football competition, with Manchester City and Chelsea going head to head for the right to call themselves kings of Europe. At 20:00 GMT+1 in Porto, at the Estadio do Dragao stadium, we’ll see one of the biggest spectacles in what has been a really strange season for players, managers, and fans alike.
This is Manchester City’s first time in the final of the UCL, which brings fans, players, and club management a step away from their dream. Winning here will also have an additional value for coach Pep Guardiola, as he hasn’t won the competition since he last won it with Barcelona back in 2011. The ten-year wait may well be over for the Spanish coach, and that is because this is one of the most complete squads he has ever assembled. On top of that, City has won the English Premier League, and have done admirably in other cup competitions as well.
Chelsea on the other hand, are a whole different story. The Londoners have started off miserably, which lead to the sacking of coach Frank Lampard. Since Thomas Tuchel took over the reins, the team has been playing some of its best football to date. From obscurity in mid-table, they managed to climb up, notching win after win, finishing 4th in the EPL. This is the third time they’ve reached the final of Europe’s most elite cup competition, and considering their previous matches against their counterparts, writing them off is something betters shouldn’t do.
There are no players that will miss the game due to suspension or injury from either team, although City midfielder Gundogan is a doubt having picked up a thigh injury in training.
This is it - the most entertaining match of the season is here, and taking everything into consideration - playing style, form, and desire, we’re about to see a game filled with amazing moments and tactical mastery! Tune in to see the game!