UEFA Champions League final preview: Who will get their hands on the top European prize
Two English teams with one Champions League title between them will go head to head at Estádio do Dragão in Porto.
Manchester City will be playing their first-ever final in the competition’s history while their opponent Chelsea are three-time finalists and winner in 2012.
Thomas Tuchel and Pep Guardiola will be facing each other for the third time this season since the German took charge of Chelsea, with the London club currently leading the battle of the two coaches after beating their rivals in the FA Cup semi-finals and league.
Pep Guardiola, who has a 100 percent record in the Champions League finals, having won the competition two times with FC Barcelona in 2009 and 2011 will be managing his first final since winning in 2010-11. Meanwhile, his Chelsea counterpart who is in his second consecutive final will be hoping to get his hands on the trophy this time around, after losing the last season’s final.
Champions League is the only missing puzzle in Man City’s Jigsaw having won it all in English football after the takeover from Abu Dhabi United Group. On the other hand, Chelsea will look to make it three wins out of three against City under Tuchel and secure their second Champions League title in the club’s history.
Tuchel, who first broke Man City’s dream of quadruple by beating them in the FA Cup semi-finals will now look to crush their hopes of club’s first-ever continental success and going one step better from his last season’s heartbreak in the final with PSG.
Abu Dhabi United Group invested nearly $2.8bn in the club since their takeover in 2008 and will contest the final against a team who spent more than them in the last transfer window. Both Manchester City and Chelsea have won a combined of 10 Premier League titles (5 apiece), only Manchester United have won more (13).
Chelsea coming into the final with a drop in form having lost three of their four matches and also losing goalkeeper Edouard Mendy in their last league match against Aston Villa after his collision with a post, but Tuchel is hopeful that Mendy will be available for the final.
Pep Guardiola has been criticized for not delivering on the European stage since leaving Barcelona, will he finally give Man City their most awaited prize in the club’s history after guiding them successfully to their first-ever final or will Thomas Tuchel be second time lucky and deliver Chelsea their second Champions League title and his first major honour as their manager.
Pep Guardiola leads the head-to-head battle between the two managers winning four matches while losing two and one draw. They also met in one final before in the 2016 German cup final, where Bayern defeated Tuchel’s Dortmund on penalties.
Antonio Mateu Lahoz of Spain will be the referee for the final.
How to watch: In India match will be broadcasted on Sony Network and Sony LIV application on Sunday, May 30 at 00.30 IST