Chelsea have actually been crowned European champs for the 2nd time after Kai Havertz’s first-half objective secured a 1-0 loss of Manchester City in the 2021 UEFA Champions League last.
UEFA.com’s Chelsea press reporter Jon Phipps as well as City reporter Matthew Howarth describe exactly how the all-English face-off was made a decision in Porto.
Where the last was won
Unfailing at the back
Germany’s Champions League-winning supervisors
A nine tidy sheet in the competition for goalkeeper Edouard Mendy, however he just had one conserve to make on the evening many thanks to the quality of those before him. There were exceptional blocks from Antonio Rüdiger and also Andreas Christensen, that magnificently entered Thiago Silva’s footwear after the Brazilian’s first-half injury. Out of property, Chelsea were enormous, obtaining all11 males behind the round and also quiting Manchester City from playing the kind of football that is typically so reliable.
The German touch
Assigned in January, Thomas Tuchel has actually changed this Chelsea side, making them difficult to defeat, and also it has actually paid good-looking returns. Rüdiger can be found in from the chilly as well as was great right via the knockout phase; and also if Timo Werner as well as Kai Havertz still have a lot even more to provide, under Tuchel there appears little question it will certainly take place. Their activity in the initial fifty percent was phenomenal, and also it was many thanks to among those terse runs that Havertz obtained the objective which won them the title.
Jon Phipps, Chelsea press reporter
Where the last was shed
Tactical fine-tune verifies pricey
Kevin De Bruyne needed to be taken out with half a hr to go Getty Pictures
Pep Guardiola showed up to have actually a cleared up group entering into the last, however he decided to toss a curve-ball by calling Raheem Sterling in his beginning line-up in Porto. The resulting tactical reshuffle left City without an identified holding midfielder– a step that confirmed expensive in the accumulation to Chelsea’s objective. John Stones was dragged out of setting by Werner and also Oleksandr Zinchenko stopped working to track Havertz, providing the last a clear view of objective.
De Bruyne separation seals destiny
Granted, City hardly ever intimidated when Kevin De Bruyne got on the pitch, however shedding the talismanic Belgian to injury with half a hr staying was a massive strike– emotionally as high as anything else. With De Bruyne, you would certainly have anticipated the Cityzens to release one last attack on Chelsea’s relentless rearguard. Without him, a currently uphill struggle ended up being a lot, a lot harder.
Matthew Howarth, Manchester City press reporter