This week has given the finalists for the European competition, the Champions League. Also after 1 year, the history is repeated. The final is an English final which will happen in Instanbul at the end of May 2021.
Chelsea and Manchester City are the two finalists who arguably were the better team in all the Champions League stages from the group stage till the semi-final stage. Both teams are in the top 4 of their league table, the Premier League.
Chelsea had a change of manager in the middle of the season. No one excepted them to reach the final. Thomas Tuchel has shown his tactics and also his managerial skill which has led them to the finals
Manchester City on the other hand has one of the most talented managers, Pep Guardiola. He has won the Champions League with Barcelona but it was his dream or we can say a goal to win the Champions League with Manchester City. After years of knockouts, he has led his team to the first-ever Champions League final. Recently Chelsea knocked Manchester City out of the FA Cup also. It will be their fourth meeting in one season.
Let’s see their journey through this season and also the key players for each team. In the end, find out the live streams so that you don’t miss the epic final.
Chelsea FC is the club based in London. They are currently in the 4th position in the Premier League. Chelsea was the only team that had the most expensive transfers after the pandemic got hit. They bought a lot of star players like Timo Werner, Havertz, Mendy, and many more. Their previous manager was a Chelsea legend, Frank Lampard. He had some good games and also led Chelsea to the FA Cup final in his time. However, he was sacked in the mid-season, and then Chelsea was taken over by Thomas Tuchel. Tuchel was the man behind to take Paris Saint-German to their first-ever champions league final last year. He was also sacked mid-season and now he has taken Chelsa to their third Champions League final
Tuchel is the first manager to have two Champions League finals with two different teams. Here are the fixtures with the result of their Champions League Journey
Champions League Journey
- Vs Sevilla (Home) 0-0
- Vs FC Krasnodar (Away) 0-4
- Vs Rennes (Home) 3-0
- Vs Rennes (Away) 1-2
- Vs Sevilla (Away) 0-4
- Vs FC Krasnodar (Home) 1-1
Round of 16
- Vs Atletico Madrid (Away) 0-1
- Vs Atletico Madrid (Home) 2-0
- Vs FC Porto (Away) 0-2
- Vs FC Porto (Home) 0-1
- Vs Real Madrid (Away) 1-1
- Vs Real Madrid (Home) 1-0
Chelsea had one loss throughout their season. They lost to Porto at home in the second leg of the quarter-finals. Here are some of the key players of Chelsea who led them to the Champions League final
Let’s start from the back. Eduard Mendy came from Rennes in the summer market Since arriving he had a lot of clean sheets in both the premier league and the Champions League. In the Champions League Mendy has some exceptional results. He has 8 clean sheets in the 11 games he played. He has only conceded 3 goals throughout the season.
Another key player would be none other than N Golo Kante. Kante was unstoppable in all the games. He used to sprint for the attack as well as fall back for the defense. In the semi-finals, no Real Madrid player was able to get a hold of him. He was also the man of the match for both the semi-final legs.
Werner, Pulisic, Havertz, and Mount are other key players who have shined under Tuchel. Tuchel is also happy with Kovacic and Joginho and he also believes their work rate is as good as Kante.
Manchester City is one of the best teams in the Premier League. They are currently one game away to win their seventh Premier League trophy. The irony is that they will be facing Chelsea in the upcoming weekend in the Premier League.
Guardiola is managing this team since 2016 and he has won all the major trophies with City except the Champions League. He used to get knocked out in the quarter-finals for the last few years. This year, he created a strong team with one of the best defense in the world, and because of that, they are in their first-ever Champions League final.Let check out their journey in this Champions League season
Champions League Journey
- Vs FC Porto (Home) 3-1
- Vs Marseille (Away) 0-3
- Vs Olympiacos (Home) 3-0
- Vs Olympiacos (Away) 0-1
- Vs FC Porto (Away) 0-0
- Vs Marseille (Home) 3-0
Round of 16
- Vs Borussia Mgladbach (Away) 0-2
- Vs Borussia Mgladbach (Home) 2-0
- Vs Borussia Dortmund (Home) 2-1
- Vs Borussia Dortmund(Home) 1-2
- Vs Paris Saint-German (Away) 1-2
- Vs Paris Saint-German (Home) 2-0
Manchester is currently unbeaten in the Champions League this season. They have a great away record against the best teams in Europe. Here are the key players of Manchester City
Manchester City has the best defense in the English league. They have conceded the least amount of goals in the Premier League to date.
Ruben Dias is one of the most important players right now in the club. He came from Benfica in the summer to boost up the defense of Manchester City. Now with his fellow partner, Stones, it is technically a wall that no one can pass through.
In the second leg of the semi-final, PSG had 0 shoes on target. All the credit goes to Dias along with Walker, Zinchenko, and Stones.
Another key player is Foden. He assisted in the second leg of the semi-final. The 20-year-old player has 7 goals and 5 assist in the Premier League also. Other than him Manchester City is filled with talents such as Mahrez, Silva, and Gundogan.
De Bruyne is also a key player for Guardiola. He scored the first goal against PSG in the first leg. Other than key players, Manchester has a mentality to win and they would eventually win their first Champions League this season. However, Chelsea is also a great team and they are in form too. It will a final to watch.
Where can I see the Champions League matches?
Arguably the final is gonna be an exciting one. With two of the best English clubs competing for the ultimate prize, The Champions League. The fans all over the world would not want to miss this. Here are the official broadcasters who will telecast the Champions League final according to the country.
- Belgium: Proximus, RTL, Q2
- France: RMC Sport, Mediapro
- Germany: Sky Deutschland, DAZN
- Italy: Mediaset, Sky Italia
- Netherlands: Ziggo Sport, Talpa TV
- Portugal: Eleven Sports, TVI
- Russia: Match TV
- Spain: Movistar
- United Kingdom: BT Sport
- Brazil: Esporte Interativo, Facebook
- Canada: DAZN
- United States: CBS All Access, TUDN Deportes
- Australia: Optus Sport
- India: Sony Ten
- New Zealand: Sky NZ