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Joe Cole and Owen Hargreaves make predictions for Chelsea’s Champions League final clash with Manchester City


One of Thomas Tuchel or Pep Guardiola will lift the Champions League trophy on Saturday night (Picture: Getty)

Joe Cole has backed Chelsea to overcome Manchester City and get their hands on the Champions League trophy for a second time this weekend, with Timo Werner scoring in extra time to get Thomas Tuchel’s men over the line.

City, the newly-crowned English champions, head into the final as favourites but Chelsea will no doubt be encouraged by their record against Pep Guardiola’s side under Tuchel.

Since Frank Lampard was relieved of his duties back in January, Tuchel steered the Blues to victory over City in their FA Cup semi-final meeting before coming away from the Etihad with a 2-1 win in the Premier League.

However, Chelsea’s recent decline in form will be a slight concern for their German head coach given they have lost three of their last four matches ahead of their trip to Porto’s Estadio do Dragao.

Chelsea saw off Real Madrid to book their place in the final (Picture: Getty)

Former Chelsea winger Cole expects City to have the lion’s share of possession on Saturday night but can see his former team nicking it against the run of play in the dying moments of extra time.

‘I’m going to go with 1-1 at full-time,’ he told JOE.

‘And I’m going last moments of extra time, Chelsea on the break, Manchester City have dominated possession, Timo Werner goes and sticks it in.

‘2-1 Chelsea in extra time.’

Cole is confident Chelsea will beat City to win the Champions League (Picture: Getty)

Owen Hargreaves, who brought an end to his playing career at City back in 2012, is confident Guardiola – a two-time winner with Barcelona – will come up trumps after years of disappointment in the competition.

‘I think it feels like fate for City,’ the ex-City and England midfielder said when asked for his prediction.

‘It feels like their destiny. As good as Pep is and he hasn’t won one of these for a long time, he will want to mark this occasion.

‘I don’t think he’ll tinker with it this time around. With the defence he has and the goalkeeper I think you can pretty much guarantee who is going to play.’

Hargreaves expects Foden to play a key role in Porto (Picture: Getty)

Hargreaves added: ‘Phil Foden has had such an amazing season. He did it against Dortmund when they needed something special, he rose to the occasion and since then he’s probably been their best player.

‘He’s a bit like Joe [Cole] as a kid, gets on the ball and he just makes it happen. Phil plays without that fear.

‘He’ll embrace this occasion whereas I think some of the older players will be a bit fearful of it going pear-shaped. The young ones are like: “Go on, give me this platform!”’

Asked for his score prediction, Hargreaves replied: ‘I think City win 2-1.

‘Phil and Riyad [Mahrez] score and I think Kai Havertz pops up with a beauty.’


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