Chelsea lift second Champions League title after beating Man City
Kai Havertz scored the only goal of the game and also his first ever in the competition to win it for the London club.
Thomas Tuchel would never have imagined that he would deliver Europe’s top club competition in his first four months at the club. After reaching his consecutive final with PSG and Chelsea, he finally went one step further and won it with the team that he joined on January 26 this year.
Chelsea were in ninth place when the German took charge of the club and since then has successfully led the club to a top-four finish and FA Cup final, which they narrowly lost to Leicester City. If this was not enough to impress your new employers in the initial four months, he then wrote his name on the list of “Special ones” in the club’s history by guiding them to their second Champions League title after beating fellow English giants Man City in Porto.
Pep Guardiola, who had already lost his previous two meetings with Tuchel in English football made it three on Sunday and squandered the chance of giving the club its first-ever taste of Champions League glory in their entire history.
Kai Havertz became the club’s second most expensive signing when he joined from Bayer Leverkusen last summer scored the only goal of the match in the 42nd minute of the game when he received a fine long pass from Mason Mount and caught City keeper Ederson off the line to put the ball in the empty goal.
Chelsea spent £222 million last summer and were languishing in the mid-table when Tuchel first arrived at the club, his first major task was to get the best out of the underperforming summer signing Kai Havertz and after the performance of the German in the final, former PSG manager has been successful in the given task.
Tuchel, who previously played Guardiola in one final (German Cup) that he lost on penalties has now leveled the meetings of the two managers in the final and also beaten the Spaniard in all three meetings this season, with all coming in different competitions.
This is Chelsea’s second European title in their third final having won the first title in 2012. Meanwhile, Man City’s thirst for continental success is still not quenched after losing their first-ever final.