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Man City or Chelsea? Joe Cole makes Champions League final prediction


Guardiola and Tuchel go head-to-head again in the Champions League final (Picture: Getty Images)

Joe Cole is backing Chelsea to beat Manchester City and win the Champions League as Thomas Tuchel’s side are ‘all wrong’ for their opponents.

The Blues beat Real Madrid 3-1 over two legs to seal their place in May’s final, while City got past Paris Saint-Germain with a 4-1 win on aggregate.

Tuchel has done battle with Guardiola already this season, with the Chelsea boss guiding his side to a 1-0 victory in April’s FA Cup semi-final courtesy of Hakim Ziyech’s second-half goal.

Tuchel has made big improvements since taking over at Chelsea in January (Picture: Getty Images)

The two sides also go head-to-head again this weekend in the Premier League, with a home win for City enough to clinch the title for Guardiola’s league leaders.

In terms of their European meeting on May 29, ex-Blues winger Cole feels his former club will emerge victorious, with the likes of Christian Pulisic, Timo Werner and Kai Havertz able to ‘really hurt’ their opponents.

‘I thought watching the way Chelsea played against Real Madrid in their second leg at Stamford Bridge, they’re all wrong for Manchester City,’ Cole told the All To Play For podcast by Coral bookmakers and Joe Media.

‘They will cause them serious problems in the final. The whole team looks so together, everybody knowing exactly what is expected of them in their role, it was incredibly impressive.

‘When Pep comes up against a back three, he usually plays a false nine and tries to pin back the opposition’s full-backs.

‘However I think that Chelsea will be happy with that and they will back Kante to break up play and then Pulisic, Werner and Havertz can really hurt them. I think Chelsea are all wrong for City and I think they will do it, I think they will win the Champions League.

‘I played in the all-English final against Manchester United in 2008 and it was the most horrible game. It should have been the pinnacle of my club career but I hated it. We were playing against our mates, and you never want to lose to your mates. Losing that night was the worst night of my career.

‘I look at the current Chelsea side and the English boys that I know, Mason Mount, Reece James and Callum Hudson-Odoi, and there is a fearlessness to them that we didn’t have in 2008. They can get the job done.’


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