Champion’s League Final – Preview

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Manchester City v Chelsea

There is just the third ever all-English final in this seasons Champions League on Saturday evening, as Manchester City face Chelsea at the Estádio do Dragão in Porto.

Manchester City have been impressive

Manchester City have won 11 of their 12 Champions League games this season and another win will see them equal Real Madrid’s record of 12 single campaign wins, which the Spanish side set in 2001/02.

City comfortably won Group C thanks to five wins and one draw from their six group games and finished ahead of FC Porto, Olympiakos, and Marseille to reach the knockout stages.

There, they first faced Borussia Monchengladbach over two legs, coming out comfortable 4-0 winners on aggregate. That set up a potentially tricky tie against Borussia Dortmund, but things went in City’s favour with a 2-1 win in each leg to reach the semi-finals 4-2 on aggregate.

In the last four, Pep Guardiola’s side would meet Paris Saint-Germain and looked in trouble when trailing 1-0 at half-time in the first leg. But a superb second half performance saw them hit back to win the game 2-1, and they finished the job back at the Etihad Stadium with a 2-0 win to qualify 4-1 on aggregate and reach their first Champions League final.

Chelsea back in the final

Chelsea are back in the Champions League final for the first time since 2012, when the Blues won the competition against Bayern Munich under the guidance of Roberto Di Matteo.

This campaign they won Group E, finishing ahead of Sevilla, FK Krasnador, and Rennes to go into the knockout stages. There, they faced Spanish champions, Atletico Madrid, and produced two excellent performances to go through 3-0 on aggregate.

Chelsea then faced FC Porto over two legs at the neutral venue of the Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán in Sevilla, and despite losing 1-0 in the second leg, the Blues had done enough with a 2-0 win in the first leg.

Thomas Tuchel’s side then had to get past Real Madrid and did so with some ease thanks to a 1-1 draw in Madrid, before winning 2-0 at Stamford Bridge to set up the all-English final.

Champions League Final stat attack

The Estádio do Dragão in Porto will be the venue for the 66th final of the Champions League or European Cup after the game was switched from Istanbul. In only the third all-English final, it will be Manchester City’s first one as they aim to become the 23rd different club to be crowned European champions.

There has not been a draw in the last 40 games between City and Chelsea, but it is the London side who can boast two recent wins since April against them. One of those results was a 1-0 win for Chelsea in the FA Cup semi-final, which stopped City’s hopes of a famous quadruple.

Chelsea’s previous two Champions League final appearances have been decided by a penalty shoot-out. First, losing to Manchester United, before beating Bayern Munich in 2012 to claim the trophy.

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