Man City vs Chelsea: Havertz strike helps Chelsea lift Champions League

Chelsea UCL Final
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Chelsea won their second Champions League trophy after Kai Havertz scored a first-half goal in Saturday’s all-English final at the Estadio Do Dragao. Chelsea’s win denied Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City their first.

In front of a 16,500-strong audience, the German kid held his cool as he sprinted through and avoided goalkeeper Ederson before sliding the ball into an empty net in the 42nd minute to settle a tense match.

City, the Premier League champions, were favourites heading into the final, but they had a disastrous night in their first Champions League showpiece event.

Guardiola, despite winning three of City’s previous four Premier League championships, has yet to deliver the coveted European Cup he last won with Barcelona in 2011.

1st-Half

Guardiola’s team decision was unexpected, with Raheem Sterling brought in on the left flank, neither normal holding midfielder, Fernandinho or Rodri, selected, and Ilkay Gundogan left to cover the back line.

Chelsea were also dealt a blow when Thiago Silva, their veteran Brazilian centre-back, went down awkwardly following a header and had to hobble out six minutes before halftime, being replaced by Andreas Christensen.

Chelsea, on the other hand, scored three minutes later. Mount’s wonderful through pass split the City defence, and Ederson sprinted out of his goal but couldn’t stop Havertz from sliding past him and finishing into the unguarded net.

2nd-Half

City eventually gained the upper hand, but their typical calmness was missing, and it wasn’t until late in stoppage time that they came near with a hopeful shot from Riyad Mahrez that hit the crossbar.

The final whistle sparked wild celebrations among Chelsea fans who had travelled in for the game, while City fans dejectedly boarded aircraft back to Manchester.

Tuchel Magic

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel expressed, “To share it with everybody is incredible. We made it. Wow. I don’t know what to feel.”

“The [players] were determined to win this. We wanted to be a stone in their shoe. We encouraged everybody to step up and step out, to be more brave and create dangerous counter-attacks.”

Humbled Pep

Man City boss Pep Guardiola said, “It’s an exceptional season we’ve had. It’s an honour to be here. In the second half we were brilliant and brave. But they defend so strong and are so fast on the counter-attack. We will come back maybe one day again. I did what was best for the team [on selection].”