Manchester City vs Chelsea
Champions League Final
Date: Saturday, 29 May 2021
Kick-off at 19:00 UK/ 20:00 CET
Venue: Estádio do Dragão.
The 29th UEFA Champions League final will take place this Saturday between Manchester City and Chelsea. The two Premier League sides put in strong performances in their respective semi-finals and will face each other for the first time in the Champions League.
Chelsea defeated Real Madrid 3-1 on aggregate, while Manchester City cruised past Paris Saint-Germain 4-1 on aggregate.
Manchester City have never won the Champions League and this is their first final, while Chelsea has won it once and will play their third final come Saturday.
Manchester City vs Chelsea: Head-to-head (h2h)
- Guardiola’s men had recorded 15 of the former 24 overall wins.
- Four of the past five encounters had goals from both teams, as well as three or more goals.
- The latest clash had ended in a 1-2 win for Tuchel’s men.
- In the past five-year period, the Citizens have failed to score just in two games.
Manchester City vs Chelsea Prediction
* Manchester City 2-1 Chelsea *
Chelsea have defeated Manchester City twice in a short spell of time recently and there is absolutely no way one can count them out. However, the Blues’ form has dwindled of late, as seen by the recent defeats to Arsenal, Leicester City and Aston Villa, which meant they had to rely on help from elsewhere to hold on to their place in the top four.
While the Cityzens also stuttered a bit after their Premier League coronation was confirmed, they turned on the style against Everton last time out, showing what they are capable of, while also building up crucial momentum. It will be close at Estadio Do Dragao, but it is hard to see this one pan out any other way than a win for Pep Guardiola & co.
The Hard Tackle, thus, predicts Manchester City to win their first-ever UEFA Champions League trophy and round off a memorable campaign by completing a stunning treble.
Manchester City vs Chelsea: Predicted Lineups
Ederson; Kyle Walker, John Stones, Ruben Dias, Oleksandr Zinchenko; Fernandinho, Ilkay Gundogan, Bernardo Silva; Kevin De Bruyne, Phil Foden, Riyad Mahrez
Edouard Mendy; Thiago Silva, Antonio Rudiger, Reece James, Cesar Azpilicueta, Ben Chilwell; N’Golo Kante, Mateo Kovacic; Christian Pulisic, Mason Mount, Timo Werner
Manchester City vs Chelsea: Key Players
Manchester City – Kevin de Bruyne
Kevin de Bruyne, in his false 9 position, will be a key player for City to link midfield and attack, while also cause trouble to the Chelsea defence by getting into tricky positions for the Blues backline. De Bruyne’s crossing from set-piece situations could also be key for City.
Chelsea – Mason Mount
Like de Bruyne, Mason Mount will be tasked with the duty of playing between midfield and attack, and use his energy and dribbling ability to good effect. The Englishman will also have to press the City defence and midfield and do a lot of running in the game.