Chelsea de Tuchel on Man City to win Champions League

Chelsea were crowned Kings of Europe after seeing Manchester City in the Champions League final.

The Blues won the European Cup for the second time in their history after a deserved 1-0 victory thanks to a first-half strike from Kai Havertz in Portugal.

Thomas Tuchel won the Champions League for the first time to end an incredible season after taking the helm at Stamford Bridge in January.

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Chelsea’s Kai Havertz (hidden) celebrates with his teammates after scoring their team’s first goal in the Champions League Final between Manchester City and Chelsea FC at Estadio do Dragao on May 29, 2021 in Porto, Portugal . Photo: Jose Coelho – Pool / Getty Images

It was a lively start at the Estadio do Dragao, with both teams attacking early, with Raheem Sterling and Timo Werner both finding dangerous positions.

Werner then had a huge chance to give Chelsea the lead, but blocked his shot straight on Ederson, before hitting the side net after another chance was quickly presented.

Chelsea continued to mold chances, with N’Golo Kante following closely behind with a header in a frenzied first quarter.

Antonio Rudiger produced a first-class tackle to stop Phil Foden from pulling City ahead in half an hour, as both sides continued to look threatening only to thwart them with even better defense.

It was the Blues who rightly broke the deadlock three minutes before the break, as Kai Havertz was played by Chilwell, taking a brilliant first touch to get around Ederson and squeeze into an empty net.

Tuchel’s side continued to look dangerous after the interval, and things turned from bad to worse for City when Kevin De Bruyne was forced to leave following a bad collision with Rudiger.

Guardiola’s side appealed for a penalty for a hand ball soon after, but Werner’s withdrawal meant Chelsea were happy to let City attack in the final 20 minutes.

However, the lead should have been doubled after a brilliant counterattack ended with Pulisic playing Havertz behind, only for the German’s limited efforts to miss the mark.

Guardiola turned to Sergio Aguero for a fairytale ending as he was presented with 15 minutes remaining in an effort to send City back to European glory in their final game after 10 years of service at the Etihad.

City continued to press but couldn’t get a shot on target as Chelsea looked dangerous at the break, but there was renewed hope when the fourth official signaled seven minutes of extra time.

City started bombarding the opponents’ area with long balls, but Kante – who was absolutely superb in midfield for the Blues – fouled down the halfway line to ease the pressure.

But Chelsea retained their second Champions League title as Guardiola’s wait continued for his third, as Tuchel beat the Spaniard when the stakes were highest on a memorable night in Porto.

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