Chelsea football club and Manchester City are billed to compete tomorrow for the UEFA Champions League. For the first time in a long while, the UEFA Champions league will be an all English affair, and the Blues will be looking to end the season with silverware after losing the FA cup to Leicester and the females Champions league cup to Barca ladies.
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In their history, this will be the Blues’ third appearance in a final of the competition having previously lost to Manchester United but triumphed over Bayern Munich in 2012. To appear at the finals, the Blues defeated Real Madrid in the semi-finals, and therefore gave Thomas Tuchel the opportunity to win his first trophy as Chelsea coach.
For Manchester city, this will their first appearance at the finals of the UEFA champions league, and Pep Guardiola will be looking to clinch victory at the finals. The finals will be played at the FC Portos Estadio do Dragao, with only 16,500 supporters set to be inside, 6,000 of those tickets reserved for Chelsea fans.
If the noise on the street is to be considered, Chelsea is projected to take home the price, but in reality it will not be an easy match. In other quarters, Manchester City is more fancied to claim the trophy come tomorrow, whether that is in 90 minutes, extra-time or via penalties. Lets compare the odds:
Comparing the two coaches, Pep Guardiola has never lost a final, unlike Tuchel who has lost quite a few, one which led to his sack by PSG.
Results of the just concluded EPL season.
The EPL ended with the Citizens clinching the English premier league after defeating Brighton 5-0, while Chelsea lost to Aston villa.
Champions league experience.
Chelsea has an experience in CL and other European finals, while this is the second-ever European final for Man City after their Cup Winners Cup victory back in 1970. From all indications, it’s more likely that Man City will win.
But should the match end in a draw, and penalties were to come up, then Chelsea will lose, seeing as first choice goalkeeper Edouard Mendy is recovering from injuries.
We know that its Chelseas defense that got them this far in the Champions League, but it would be dumb to try and write off the City defense which has been solid since the arrival of Ruben Dias. And should City score first, it will be likely be a herculean task for Chelsea to equalize.
All in all, may the best team win tomorrow?