TARGET! Manchester City 0-1 Chelsea (Havertz 42)
Chelsea pings patiently…then leap forward! Mendy crosses wide left towards Chilwell, which finds Mount in the infield. Mount plays ball in the left inner channel for the first time. Havertz is chasing after a big gap in City defense! Ederson comes to the edge of the box, but Havertz turns him to the left and rolls into an empty net!
40 min: Chilwell going deep on the left. Werner tries to cushion the ball in Havertz's way, but the two Chelsea forwards are too close together and a baroque mess ensues. Chelsea attacked well; They couldn't find the last ball.
39 min: Poor old Silva can't go on. She comes to tears as she moves on the bench, then gets in trouble, but that doesn't stop her from taking a special shortcut towards her replacement Christensen, and she wishes him the best.
37 min: The city enjoyed 58 percent ownership so far. No big surprises here. Chelsea are quite happy to wait for a chance to counter and here they come, grabbing the ball, Kante floating up the court with options on both sides. On the inside right, he looks for Havertz, Zinchenko recovers and blocks. This is a good last resort, but maybe Kante should have used one of his options on the left instead.
36 min: Silva is not happy. Not his shoulder; is a pull in the groin. She feels wary of her Private Space and grimaces quite a bit. That will continue for now, though Chelsea have sent Andreas Christensen and Kurt Zouma to warm up just in case.
33 min: Gundogan's high kicks rise to the ground as Chelsea launch a deep attack. VAR looked at a possible red card offense but only yellow to hit the knee.
32 min: Now it's Chelsea's turn to get some run away with some sterile stuff in the back. They need a breather after the rush of city action.
31 min: The walker turns on the jets and passes Chilwell on the right. It almost literally sends Chilwell spinning in his stream like a hill. What determination … and what a cross in front of the six-yard box. Mahrez is inches away from the slide to connect with the toe. It would have been 1-0 if he hadn't cut his toenails last night.
29 min: After a slow start, it's safe to say the City is waking up. They are starting to get very happy on their left flank.
27 min: Sterling turns on the burners and tries to get past James outside. He almost succeeds, but James is fighting well to fend him off. The city comes right back, De Bruyne makes a left-hand pass for Foden, who is suddenly released in the box! But just for a moment. Foden tries to get over Mendy and into the lower right, but his shot is blocked by an absurdly good last-ditch fight from Rudiger, whose telescopic leg balloons the ball into the keeper's arms.
25 min: James twists. The city is clean, then gathers in the upper field. In a matter of milliseconds, the ball was back at Mendy's feet. For all open, fun games, no goalie has made any serious saves yet.
25 min: Chelsea buzz around and eventually a disappointed Dias shows up and knocks Kante down. Free kick in a dangerous position on the right. They load the box. “I can't stand Thiago Silva,” begins Kári Tulinius. “Although I have probably watched him play hundreds of matches throughout his long career, the image that always haunted him was of helplessly watching his Brazilian teammates give a masterclass in clumsy defense in the 2014 World Cup semi-final against Germany. I don't think I've stopped pitying him since then. I hope he gets a gold medal tonight. ”
23 min: Havertz finds a small gap at the other end and rolls towards the living Chilwell, whose cross is not so much. Chelsea quickly came back, however, with James on the right as Havertz swung his neck back in hopes of returning home. The eyebrows of the stones are cleaned just in time.
21 min: Having said that, on the left is a place for De Bruyne sent by Sterling. De Bruyne reached the border line and forced a corner, but went a little early and the flag went up for offside. “Almost 20 minutes have passed and I think Werner Have you caught offside yet? No one saw this happen. “Matt Dony, ladies and gentlemen. It's here all week. Try the Francesinha.
19 min: De Bruyne and Sterling merge clearly on the left, but there is little room for Azpilicueta to be created and Azpilicueta ends quickly. The few Citys struggling to get things done in Chelsea's third final have already frowned.
17 min: Both teams are mentally pushing. Many misplaced transitions as a result. Yet there are also some very good first-time ones, and Chilwell finds Mount on the Sol. Werner is sent almost clear as he slides down the channel, but recedes for Chilwell, who snuggles long into the far post. Kante of all people gives his head goosebumps. Chelsea were excellent in these opening exchanges.
15 min: Werner could have easily scored a few goals and here he is gaining a corner, irritating the Stones to the left and flashing to the bottom left. The ball is kicked for a corner, out of here … Ederson claims and City is gone! De Bruyne tries to dribble right into the box but is stopped by Kante. It's wonderfully obvious and both teams continue to do so.
14 min: Chelsea come back to City, steal the ball at Mount Mahrez, Chilwell attacks the left inside wing. He takes a step back for Werner, who tries to get into the lower left corner for the first time. Ederson reads it and records it.
12 min: While Werner is attacking him from the right, the pieces trying to keep their balance make mistakes again. City Defender does just enough to stop Werner from finding killer rust, but it's a rocky start for the Stones. Werner, he missed the absurd, looked extremely lively.
10 min: Now it's Chelsea's long launch queue. The Stones soften their gap by allowing Havertz to slide to the left and back for Werner, who should have scored from six yards but was slapped in fresh air. The action of an insecure player. The city responds to Sterling and goes to the other end, but his inner cannon is whipped by Rudiger. Have fun, this!
8 min: Ederson makes a long pass in the middle and frees Sterling. It's that simple! Sterling is unable to bring him down cleanly and lets James out of a corner. Had Sterling taken it step by step in Newcastle fashion against Suarez, he would have hit the mark. Easier said than done. Nothing comes from the corner.
7 min.: Walker is better on the right than Silva, but the game was retracted due to a foul. A slight tug at the shoulder of the Brazilian defender. Silva holds back while grimacing in pain, but for now it's good to keep going. It didn't seem like much in this one, but here we are.
20 : 06
5 min: The beginning is a little hectic for the likes of City, so they slow it down with some sterile possession in the back. A few early nerves are needed.
4 min: More space for Werner ght. Unable to control properly, Havertz runs over to the side and backs away, and the ball squirts into Ederson's hand. Chelsea will be affected by these two early Werner outbursts.
3 min: Che lsea rallied and launched the first attacking blizzard of the evening, Werner advancing down the right. Stones close the door.
1 min: A bit of a tense start from Chels City puts a lot of pressure, especially as they play the ball in their back lines in an unconvincing fashion. They get away with it. Both fan groups are giving it away plenty.
City kick-off … but only after kneeling. There is no room for racism. Challenge him. report it. Change. Throw it out. A booing wave, but a very louder wave of applause.
Here come the teams! Bedlam in Dragao despite limited capacity. A great welcome. City fans are so excited they don't bother booing the official UEFA Champions League anthem so much. Captains Kevin De Bruyne and Cesar Azpilicueta are trading pennants. Coins were tossed, fists banged. We'll be out in a minute. Temos jogo! “Vamos jogar is better,” says Tim Stappard.
One more dive into the pre-match mailbox. “What a great day to be a Fulham fan: Brentford in the playoff final and Chelsea in the Champions League final,” begins Richard Hirst. “While I am saddened that Brentford is a division above Fulham, they probably deserve it after all their close misses. My goddaughter and my family are also Brentford fans, so love takes precedence over local rivalries. But there is no such exemption for Chelsea – come on City! ”
Gary Byrne asks the big question: “John Terry is in the stadium, is the full team ready? ”
And here's Tim Daly: “Scott Carson makes his second appearance as a backup goalkeeper in the Champions League final sixteen years after a famous night. in Istanbul." Good point, that's it. Carson if City win, 14 – The annual difference between short goalkeeping matches by Manchester United's reserve goalkeeper Jimmy Rimmer against Benfica 1968, then played the first nine minutes for Aston Villa against Bayern Munich 1971 before letting go of his shoulder, young Nigel Spink unexpected hero. If we see third choice Carson in action tonight, it's going to be a story one way or another.
Some thoughtful Pep Guardiola's pre-match thoughts... “To have a chance to win is the game, you have to attack. Of course you have to defend, we need everyone. I'm sure the second half will be very different from the beginning. Chelsea are playing five back, we need specific players in that area. ”
… and a relaxed, smiling Thomas Tuchel, both talking to BT Sport. “We had our last words, but now everything has been said. We have to, they know, and it's good that they know it, because it's their quality, the team effort, that can decide this game from our side. We went for some height, Timo and Kai have good feelings for each other. It's a tough choice to leave out Christian Pulisic but we need this 15 or 16 to finish this game today hopefully in a positive way. I hope we can start strong but we will finish stronger. This is a big competitor, a big game in Europe and we are ready for it. ”
Take a look at the Chelsea dressing room.
Chelsea's technical advisor and hero 081 speaks to BT Sport and appears for it. “The last step is usually the hardest. The game is likely to go to penalties. I hope the team is confident and ready to win. Manchester City are a tough team to beat. Although you expect it to be a tactical game, it will be a fun game. ”
Dive into the pre-match mailbox. We'll get to the game tonight on time, but first thing first. “As an English translator residing in Lisbon for many years, I feel the need to help translate 'It's on', begins John Elliott, a word in Portuguese and relied entirely on Google Translate. “Ligado” is “open” in the sense of “electrically” on or off. For your future reference, a much better and more idiomatic translation into Portuguese is 'Temos jogo!' I think it will. (We have a game!). ”
Meanwhile, the 1986 Full Members' Cup finale poured in twos. "I was there!" Matthew Holt writes. “Pat Nevin made about four unplayable crosses for our goals, then in the last five minutes City started to score and were only stopped by the final whistle. Repeat today, let the ghost of Wee Pat put in a few for Werner to finish! ”
Our location is Fife, Angus and Perth & Kinross reporter Simon McMahon adds: “Five Scots on the Chelsea team for that All-Members Cup Final, of course Pat Nevin, who looks like Johnny Marr, whose autobiography is The Accidental Footballer, is excellent by the way. Billy McNeill also runs City. Billy Gilmour, the only Scottish representative on Chelsea's bench tonight, may be crowned Champions League champion at age. I doubt Nevin will change the Full Members gong. ”
Johnny Marr is of course a City fan. I am Weaver.
Everyone thought Pep had given up on tinkering which hasn't always been successful, there's fun for him in this competition, but there's a big surprise: a very attacking squad with no holding players. Neither Fernandinho nor Rodri starts, suggesting that Pep expects his side to enjoy the lion. ownership share. It's a bold call, because if it goes wrong he'll have to ask a few questions. Ilkay Gundogan is fit after yesterday's training, Raheem Sterling starts, Oleksandr Zinchenko nods to the left hold, and if Sergio Aguero is to be the groundbreaking hero again, he'll have to come and do it as a sub. . Another 94 minutes winner, anyone?
Chelsea's selection is relatively low. N'Golo Kante and Edouard Mendy are fit to play. Ben Chilwell is selected ahead of Marcos Alonso, while Timo Werner and Kai Havertz sit next to Mason Mountain.
Manchester City: Ed erson, Walker, Dias, Stones, Zinchenko, Gundogan, De Bruyne, Bernardo, Mahrez, Sterling, Foden.
Subs: Steffen, Carson, Ake, Jesus, Aguero, Laporte, Rodrigo, Torres, Mendy, Fernandinho, Cancelo, Garcia.
Chelsea: Mendy, James, Thiago Silva, Rudiger, Azpilicueta, Kante, Jorginho, Chilwell, Mount, Havertz, Werner.
Subs: Arrizabalaga, Alonso, Christensen, Pulisic, Caballero, Zouma, Kovacic, Giroud, Hudson-Odoi, Ziyech, Gilmour, Emerson Palmieri.
Referee: Antonio Miguel Mateu Lahoz (Valencia).
Manchester City and Chelsea have faced each other in two more finals before. The 2019 League Cup final, which City won on penalties but already remembered only in the mind-blowing fight between Maurizio Sarri and Kepa, who refused to leave. But forget about it. The big one is the 1986 All-Members Cup final, a nine-goal thriller that could never peak in the eyes of a particular generation. Chelsea and City have come a long way since then, but some things remain gold regardless.
As for the executives themselves … well, we all remember Thomas Tuchel, who sat in the PSG icebox last year, his leg completely tied together like the farmer at Withnail & I He bounced back immediately with Chelsea, becoming the first person to lead different clubs to the finals in consecutive seasons. Meanwhile, Pep Guardiola makes his third appearance as boss in the final, winning at Barcelona in 2009 and 2011. If he scores a hat-trick today, he will be the sixth manager in history to win the European Cup with two different clubs, and Ernst Happel (Feyenoord) so far 1970, Hamburg 1983), Ottmar Hitzfeld (Borussia Dortmund 1997, Bayern Munich 2001), José Mourinho (Porto 2004, Internazionale 2010), Jupp Heynckes (Real Madrid 1997, Bayern 2013) and Carlo Ancelotti (AC Milan 2003 and 2007, Real Madrid) 2014). Appear a few times as a player, win 1986 and lose 1994 with Barca and this is very connected to the most important event in Europe.
This is the territory for almost everyone who joins the virgin (i.e. if you ignore the managers). Only one member of each team has played in the Champions League final before, and neither ither has particularly happy memories. Ilkay Gundogan appeared for Borussia Dortmund in 2012, scoring from the penalty spot in the match where they lost 2-1 to Bayern Munich. Thiago Silva, meanwhile, was captain of the Paris Saint-Germain team, which lost to the same Bavarian party shit last year. Mateo Kovačić was there for Real Madrid in 2017 and 2018, but is only looked at as an unused substitute.
Fans of both teams went to Super Bock. Here is the best dressed. Apt. Granada were key players in popularizing the European Cup, and their cameras were on hand to transmit the exploits of the Busby Babes, with Old Trafford just down the road. The 1957 half between United and Real Madrid was the first to be broadcast live on the all-new ITV, but only in the Granada area. The first four minutes were missed; Well, there were still commercials to show and the referee wasn't in the mood to delay the kick-off, a decision that would require standing around in the cold.
28 Champions League Finals … Or, if we're doing things right, 65 European Cup finals if we pay proper attention to history and romance. If all went well, we were in Istanbul Atatürk for the final edition of the biggest and most spectacular club game in world football, but the coronavirus paid the price and so everyone managed to get to the more accessible Estádio do Dragão in Porto. An embarrassing, otherworldly Atatürk in a way would be a fitting place for a supernatural season's downfall... but a day on the Douro is all part of a Plan B!
Manchester City are playing in their first European Cup final. The end of a journey they started was 1968, when Malcolm Allison promised that he and Joe Mercer British champions would talk about Europe “the old Real Madrid days… I think most of these Europeans are cowards. ” After making the big enough speech, they fell at the first hurdle against Fenerbahce. The great Lee-Bell-Summerbee side finally brought home some European silverware and 120 Cup Winners' Cups, but that night everyone was watching the FA Cup final live on BBC1 with City's 2-1, a fantastic technical color. Beating Gornik Zabrze was down to late night black-and-white events. An unfortunate event was always when the city came back.
Times are changing though, and millions will be watching tonight as the magisterial City is finally trying to live up to Allison's words. The city has scored 59 of 25 Champions League matches. They scored All this without a designated striker! They are the favorites to win their second European trivia and their first European Cup tonight.
Chelsea playing in their third European Cup final will have something to say about it. The Retirees should have won the trophy in 2007, when only John Terry faced Manchester United to freeze; they removed him in 2012, Didier Drogba clock against Bayern Munich. Their run to the finals this year has been an impressive equal for City and has seen new Spanish champions Atletico Madrid without much fuss, while only the flashy finish prevented them from scoring a cricket score against the notorious Real Madrid. If they make it tonight, a few Europa Leagues ( It will be the second European Cup by winning and the sixth major European cup overall, 2019) and Cup Winners' Cups (1971, 1998) in the past.
Chelsea have lost to this game, three of their last four games. A painful defeat in the FA Cup final and a loss at Aston Villa that could cost them the top four. Another reason why the city is a favourite, then… until we consider the final look against Pep Guardiola's side: a 1-0 win in the FA Cup half, and a 2-1 win in the league at Etihad.
So it's easy to create a situation for both sides, exactly as it should be before the European Cup final. Team news and various troubles to follow. Kickoff is at 20:00 (local and BST). Started!