UEFA Champions League final preview: Manchester City v Chelsea

2021-05-29 17:53:42
UEFA Champions League final preview: Manchester City v Chelsea

A season marked by the impact of the coronavirus pandemic and the shockwaves of the attempt to create a breakaway Super League reaches its climax on Saturday, when Manchester City and Chelsea clash in an all-English UEFA Champions League final in Porto, Portugal.

It is the third final of Europe’s elite club competition to be played between two Premier League sides, and the second in just three seasons.

Have either team ever won the Champions League?

Chelsea have the experience of this stage in Europe before, having beaten Bayern Munich on penalties in the 2012 final. They have also won the Europa League twice since then.

Manchester City are making their first Champions League final appearance.

But both bosses are not new to this stage. City’s Spanish boss Pep Guardiola is looking to win the Champions League for a third time after steering Barcelona to triumphs in 2009 and 2011.

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel is seeking his first Champions League success. Last season, the German took Paris St-Germain to the final, losing 1-0 to Bayern Munich.

How have both sides performed this season?

City won the English Premier League as well as the League Cup, their third successive and fifth in seven seasons.

Chelsea, meanwhile, finished fourth in the league and lost the FA Cup final to Leicester.

Chelsea beat City twice this season, 1-0 in the FA Cup semi-finals and 2-1 away in the Premier League on May 8. But City defeated the Blues in London 3-1 in January.

What time is kick-off?

Kick-off is on Saturday, May 29, at 9pm (19:00 GMT).

Where is the final being played?

The final will be held at the Estadio do Dragao, home of FC Porto. It was originally intended for Istanbul’s Ataturk Olympic Stadium but COVID-19 restrictions meant UEFA decided to switch the venue earlier this month.

Why are the locals angry?

The last-minute decision to relax COVID-19 safety rules for the final has angered locals as hundreds of English fans not wearing masks packed Porto’s riverside bars on Friday night.

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