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12 Things You Should Know About Manchester City vs Chelsea UEFA Champions League Final

12 Things You Should Know About Manchester City vs Chelsea UEFA Champions League Final
  • PublishedMay 29, 2021

1. Antonio Mateu Lahoz will be the man in the middle. He has handled two previous Chelsea matches, both in the group stage and in Portugal. Chelsea’s 1-0 win at Sporting in September 2014, and a 1-2 defeat to Porto at tonight’s venue. The Spaniard was also the one who sent Pep Guardiola to the stand in this competition during a quarter-final against Liverpool in 2018.

2. Premier League champions City are in the finals for the first time in their history, Chelsea on the other hand are in the finals for the third time after previously winning it in 2012.

3. Pep Guardiola is looking to win the Champions League for a third time after leading Barcelona to triumphs in 2009 and 2011.
Chelsea’s Thomas Tuchel is seeking his first Champions League success. Last season, the German took Paris St-Germain to the final, losing 1-0 to Bayern Munich.

4. Each side will be allowed five substitutions, with a sixth permitted for each side if the final goes to extra time.

5. The final was due to be staged at Istanbul’s Ataturk Olympic Stadium in Turkey but was switched earlier this month to the Estadio do Dragao in the Portuguese city of Porto because of coronavirus restrictions.

6. There will be up to 16,500 supporters present for this year’s edition, about one-third of Estadio do Dragao’s capacity with Manchester City and Chelsea each receiving an allocation of approximately 6,000 tickets.

7. This is the third all-English final and the second in three seasons.
In 2008, Chelsea lost 6-5 on penalties to Manchester United in Moscow after the match had finished 1-1 after 120 minutes.
In 2019, eleven years later, Liverpool beat Tottenham 2-0 in Madrid.

8. Both managers have fully fit squads to choose from. Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante and goalkeeper Edouard Mendy have recovered from injuries and are available for selection, while City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan is also back after suffering a knock against Brighton on 18 May.

9. Both sides will wear their regular first-choice Jersey. However, after losing the English FA Cup Final and the Women UEFA Champions league Final wearing their 2021/2022 home kit, Chelsea have dropped the idea of wearing the new kit for this final. They will maintain the 2020/2021 home kit.

10. If City beat Chelsea, they will become the sixth different English club to be crowned champions of Europe after Liverpool, Manchester United, Nottingham Forest, Chelsea and Aston Villa.

11. This will be the 4th meeting between both sides this season. Chelsea had the upper hand in 2 of the last 3 encounters against City’s 1.

12. The video assistant referee (VAR) system will be used.

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