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Champions League Final – A Manchester City vs Chelsea Preview

Champions League Final – A Manchester City vs Chelsea Preview

Blue is the color of choice for this year’s Champions League final, with Manchester City and Chelsea being the finalists. Ahead of this Champions League final, a Manchester City vs Chelsea preview can be found below.

Pep Guardiola’s side proceeded to the final after knocking out Paris Saint-Germain in the semi-finals.

On the other hand, Real Madrid were no match for Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea, who beat them to become finalists too.

Chelsea and City both board their planes to Porto soon, in hopes of securing Europe’s highest club title. Indeed, City will attempt to win the competition for the first time.

Meanwhile, their opponents hope to channel the spirits of the 2012 legends who won the title for Chelsea.

So, the two teams will battle in a showdown before a rowdy 16,500-strong audience at the Estadio do Dragao on Saturday.

And so, with either blue winning the Champions League final, a Manchester City vs Chelsea preview has to be made.

Team news

Manchester City:

  • Manchester City have a clean bill of health for Saturday’s Champions League final, with Ilkay Gundogan also fit.
  • Sergio Aguero scored twice from the bench last weekend, but the brace came in his potential final match for City. Here, Pep Guardiola will mostly play without the recognized striker.
  • Joao Cancelo has been a revelation for City this season. However, he has found himself in and out of the team in the Champions League recently, to his detriment here.
  • To the contrary, Fernandinho, who has been in excellent form recently, could be a surprise starting for Guardiola on Saturday.

Manchester City possible starting lineup: Ederson; Walker, Dias, Stones, Zinchenko; Fernandinho, Gundogan, Silva; Mahrez, De Bruyne, Foden

Chelsea:

  • Coach Thomas Tuchel is optimistic that both Edouard Mendy and N’Golo Kante will be able to play in Saturday’s final.
  • On Saturday, further, Cesar Azpilicueta will play either as a third centre-back or a right wing-back, but will play nonetheless.
  • In attack, Kai Havertz, Christian Pulisic, and Hakim Ziyech are vying for a slot alongside Mason Mount and Timo Werner.

Chelsea possible starting lineup: Mendy; Azpilicueta, Silva, Rudiger; James, Kovacic, Kante, Chilwell; Mount, Werner; Havertz

Prediction

  • Manchester City is attempting to complete a European treble after already winning the League Cup and Premier League this season. But a Champions League title won’t come easy, as this is their first appearance at this level of competition.
  • Meanwhile, Chelsea’s season is in risk of coming to an end. They lost the FA Cup final and were very fortunate to finish fourth in the Premier League last weekend. Clearly, they are not in the kind of form that can overcome champions City.
  • Chelsea has defeated City at least twice in recent weeks, though, which adds another degree of drama before Saturday’s final. However, it’s difficult to see anything other than a City victory here.

Guardiola and Tuchel will know better than anybody that form is irrelevant in the Champions League final.

This gives the Stamford Bridge supporters some hope of celebrating a continental title at the end of the night.

City have a history of failing to deliver when it means most on the European stage.

But we expect that the strain of such an occasion should not get to them this time.

Though Tuchel’s team will not go down without a fight, we believe City will win. And Guardiola will be able to end his agonizing wait for European triumph with the Manchester giants.

Our Prediction: Manchester City 2-0 Chelsea

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