War In Porto As Two Titans Clash – Chelsea Vs Man City Review

 


Anticipation, Passion and Expectation is all here in what is the final chapter of the 2020/21 UEFA Champions League season, Both sides who have an inclination to the colour blue face off in what is expected to be a fierce encounter as both English footballing clubs Manchester City and Chelsea battle it out in the final of Europe's elite club competition.

Manchester City Vs Chelsea detailed Preview, Team News, Possible XI, Kick off time and more

The Cityzens, Manchester City got into the final after dispatching the Parisians, Paris Saint Germain in the semifinal stage while the blues, Chelsea advanced after a convincing victory against Real Madrid.

The Cityzens would be hoping to clinch this tournament for the first time ever in their history thitherto Chelsea as well who would be justling to bring back the resilient showing they showed against the Bavarians, Bayern Munchen in 2011/12.

Josep Guardiola has done wonderfully well domestically in clubs he has coached although he hasn't being able to replicate such successes in Europe even with the hefty budget he is given but however the Spaniard would be praying that all his efforts yields positive result for the Sky blues on Saturday evening.

Manchester City went past Borrusia Monchegladbach, Borrusia Dortmund and Paris Saint Germain to set up a place in the final, Riyad Mahrez was the star performer in both legs against Paris Saint Germain with an excellent free kick in the first leg to give them a 2-1 win and two exquisite goals in the second leg to secure a 4-1 victory on aggregate.



The Cityzens have won 11 of their last 12 matches in the UEFA Champions League this season, they only dropped point against FC Porto the team whose stadium Estadio Do Dragao would host this year's final, they ended the English Premier League season convincingly smashing the toffees, Everton 5-0.

Thomas Tuchel was so close to winning the UEFA Champions League last season but yet so far as his former side, Paris Saint Germain narrowly lost by 1-0 against Bayern Munich in the final as a Kingsley Coman goal brought joy to the fans of Bayern Munich and agony including despair to fans of the Parisians across the globe.

The German tactician started life at the blues in a remarkable lovely manner but has soon dropped the bar since the start of the month loosing the FA Cup final to Leicester City and then on almost missing out of the top 4 if not for a Tottenham Hotspur win over the foxes on the final day of the English Premier League season.

The blues on their way to the final did the needful against Atletico Madrid, FC Porto and then had a wonderful victory against heavyweights of this competition, Real Madrid in the semifinal winning 3-1 on aggregate after a 2-0 win in the second leg.

Chelsea have had a tight defense since Thomas Tuchel took over and have conceded only four goals in their 12 outings in the UEFA Champions League this season.

Certainly we are in for an epic battle although the Cityzens are the favourites in this showpiece but the blues seem like a side that would not just lay flat and let the sky blues roll over them having a feel good day, they certainly would have something up their sleeves also putting into consideration that this is a final and we never know where the pendulum would swing.

The final would be watched by 16,500 spectators at the Estadio Do Dragao in Portugal.

Team News for Manchester City

 The Citizens doesn't necessarily have injury concerns of their own and it would be an herculean task for Guardiola to select his starting XI from the star studded bunch he has.

Team News for Chelsea

Edouard Mendy was subbed off at half time after colliding with the post against Aston Villa but Thomas Tuchel is optimistic the Senegalese would be available to feature for the final, Ngolo Kante is also expected to be back after missing the last match of the Premier League season due to a thigh injury.

Cesar Aspilicueta is expected to start alongside Thiago Silva and Antonio Rudiger in the back three, Mateo Kovacic could start ahead of Jorginho and Mason Mount could start with Timo Werner and Kai Havertz in the final third.

Manchester City Possible XI

 Ederson Moraes, Kyle walker, Ruben Dias, John Stones, Oleksander Zinchenko, Fernandinho, Ilkay Gundogan, Bernado Silva, Riyad Mahrez, Kevin De Bruyne, Phil Foden.

Chelsea Possible XI

Edouard Mendy, Cesar Aspilicueta, Thiago Silva, Antonio Rudiger, Reece James, Mateo Kovacic, N'golo Kante, Ben Chilwell, Mason Mount, Timo Werner, Kai Havertz.

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Kick Off Time: 08:00PM (WAT)

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