Chelsea crowned Champions League winners in Porto
Chelsea have officially won the Champions League for the second time in their history after they beat Manchester City 1-0 at the Estadio do Dragao Stadium in Porto, Portugal.
Starting the game without a recognised striker on the pitch, City struggled to maintain possession throughout the first-half with Chelsea having the better of the chances early on when Timo Werner hit his effort straight into the gloves of Ederson.
The Pensioners took the lead on 42 minutes when Kai Havertz latched on to a brilliant long-range pass from Mason Mount to take the ball around the goalkeeper and tap home into an empty net.
Pep Guardiola’s men lost Kevin De Bruyne through injury midway through the second 45 and brought on Sergio Aguero as his replacement in what was his final game in a City shirt, but even the Argentinian international struggled to create any clear cut opportunities as it was Chelsea who held on for the victory.
Tuchel seals first trophy as Blues manager
Thomas Tuchel made it three managerial wins out of three against Guardiola on Saturday night as he has already recorded victories over the Spaniard in both the FA Cup Semi-Final and the Premier League at the Etihad over the course of the 20/21 campaign.
This is the Chelsea boss’ first trophy at the club since he arrived back in January with the German no doubt full of elation following the disappointment of losing last year’s final with Paris Saint-Germain.
Underwhelming performance from City
Manchester City’s wait for their first ever Champions League title goes on as they displayed what could only be described as a majorly underwhelming performance.
Many heads were turned when it was announced that Guardiola decided to start the match without Rodri or Fernandinho in midfield producing a defensive line-up with even the likes of Gundogan and De Bruyne uncertain of what their roles were.
Despite there being multiple substitutions that were introduced, City found it difficult to carry any real threat and never looked like causing the opposition any genuine problems.
They can still hold their heads up high after a successful season winning both the Premier League and also the League Cup, but there’s no doubt that this loss will still be a hard pill to swallow as they look ahead to next term.