Man City v Chelsea: The Champions League final preview
Pep Guardiola’s side are bidding to a win a first European Cup in club history with their manager hoping for a third triumph having last lifted the most famous trophy of all back in 2011 with Barcelona. They beat Borussia Dortmund and Paris Saint-Germain in thrilling quarter and semi-finals to get here and will now be hoping for one more win in their first appearance in European football’s showpiece game.
Chelsea have been here before of course having won it so dramatically back in 2012. Manager Thomas Tuchel, who arrived at Stamford Bridge back in January before guiding them all the way here, reached the final of the tournament just last year of course – with PSG – only to fall to Bayern Munich. The Blues saw off Atletico Madrid, Porto and Real Madrid on their way here and, having beaten City in their last two meetings, will be confident they can triumph in Portugal.
Both teams are at full strength with Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy and midfielder N’Golo Kante both passing late fitness tests to be included. City have no injury concerns with Guardiola able to pick from a full-strength squad. Raheem Sterling gets the nod for the Premier League champions with both Fernandinho and Rodri on the bench.
The game has been switched from Istanbul to Porto so that 6,000 supporters of each side can attend tonight’s game with many more flooding into Portugal to cheer their team on.
Follow minute-by-minute Champions League final updates from Estadio do Dragao right here throughout the night.
63 mins: Man City work an aerial ball into the box that gets headed down to Raheem Sterling. Sterling drills a shot at goal from the front edge of the box and Reece James blocks it. The ball hits James in the chest before striking his arm and bouncing away. Every City player appeals for handball but the referee waves play on. VAR takes a look and agrees with the on field decision.
Michael Jones29 May 2021 21:22
Yellow card for Rudiger! De Bruyne is off!
60 mins: Rudiger is shown a yellow card for his tackle on De Bruyne. The Man City midfielder spent a long time on the ground before being guided off the pitch by the medics. In his place comes Gabriel Jesus.
Michael Jones29 May 2021 21:19
57 mins: Kevin De Bruyne dinks the ball past Antonio Rudiger as Man City look to break on the counter attack. Rudiger stops his run and body checks De Bruyne to stop him sprinting past. Rudiger and De Bruyne both go down as the pair clash hands and the physios come on to check them out.
Michael Jones29 May 2021 21:17
54 mins: Ilkay Gundogan fouls Kai Havertz and gives Chelsea a free kick on the right wing. Ben Chilwell sends the set piece into the middle but Ruben Dias gets up to the ball first and heads it down to Riyad Mahrez who works it away with a long ball up the pitch.
Michael Jones29 May 2021 21:15
51 mins: Kyle Walker finds himself in space on the right wing as he pushes higher up the pitch. The ball comes to him and he curls a cross into the six-yard box but none of his teammates are there and Edouard Mendy claims the ball.
Michael Jones29 May 2021 21:11
48 mins: Reece James bowls over Raheem Sterling and gives Man City a free kick on the left side of the pitch. Kevin De Bruyne runs over the ball and leaves Phil Foden to swing the ball into the box. He does but can’t beat the first defender and N’Golo Kante is able to play the ball out of danger.
Michael Jones29 May 2021 21:08
Chelsea restart the Champions League final
Kick off: No further changes from either team as the second half gets back underway. City win the ball early on and try to send Foden in through the middle but he loses the ball to Jorginho.
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How will Pep Guardiola respond to that first half? Thomas Tuchel was won the tactical battle so far. Timo Werner’s pace is causing huge problems, particularly when he’s up against Oleksandr Zinchenko.
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