Coach Thomas Tuchel led Chelsea to their second Champions League title after 2012. In the final in Porto, his team won 1-0 (1-0) against Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City in front of 14,110 spectators thanks to a goal by Kai Havertz.
The German internationals Havertz, Antonio Rüdiger and Timo Werner won the pot for the first time. Guardiola is still waiting for his third title win after the triumphs of 2009 and 2011 with FC Barcelona.
Tuchel won the title for the first time at the second attempt: he had lost last year’s Champions League final as coach of Paris Saint-Germain against FC Bayern Munich. He was fired from PSG in December before joining Chelsea in January. After Jürgen Klopp (FC Liverpool) and Hansi Flick (FC Bayern), a German coach won the Champions League for the third time in a row.
Guardiola did without a classic six like Rodri or Fernandinho in his starting eleven and offered an extremely aggressive team with six offensive players but without a classic striker. City played against the ball in a 4-3-3, while in possession of the ball, left-back Zinchenko moved into central midfield, creating a kind of 3-4-3 with a diamond.
City had more possession from the start, but missed out on dangerous opportunities. Also because Chelsea defended extremely focused in a much more defensive 5-4-1. After losing the ball, City usually followed up deep in the opposing half. Did the pressing not grip, but behind the six offensive players, Chelsea offered themselves some large spaces.
Manchester City – Chelsea FC: The Analysis
After Chelsea acted a little more courageously in the closing stages of the first half and gained more possession, City became more oppressive after the break. The flow of play was interrupted by an injury break: De Bruyne collided with Rüdiger in a duel, was treated for a long time and then had to be visibly dazed and replaced in tears.
A trained striker came for de Bruyne with Jesus and shortly afterwards Guardiola also brought a six for Silva with Fernandinho, whereupon City’s game became more determined and dangerous. Chelsea let themselves be pushed deeper and deeper into their own penalty area and made fewer and fewer relief attacks – but after an outstanding solo by Havertz Pulisic missed the supposed decision (73rd).
Guardiola then switched to Agüero, helping him to a final deployment for City and initiating a final assault, which, despite some good chances, remained uncrowned.
City: Ederson – Walker, Stones, Ruben, Sintschenko – Gündogan – Bernardo Silva (64th Fernandinho), Foden – De Bruyne (59th Jesus) – Mahrez, Sterling (76th Agüero)
Chelsea: Mendy – Azpilicueta, Thiago Silva (39th Christensen), Rüdiger – James, Jorginho, Kante, Chilwell – Havertz, Mount (80th Kovacic) – Timo Werner (66th Pulisic)
Lahoz had no problems with the largely fair game.