Favorite in this English final by 100%, Manchester City has the opportunity to win the first Champions League, the dedication that Pep Guardiola and the Emirati leaders have been hoping for, but Chelsea have no intention of allowing themselves to be represented as their avenger Thomas coach. TUSCHL.
After months of empty stands, 16,500 fans will be distributed to the stands, including about 10,000 from the UK, who will guarantee the atmosphere.
Manchester City set a date with history. The “Citizens” intend to become the 23rd club to lift the “Big Ears Cup”. For Catalan coach Pep Guardiola, this is the reward of a five-year tournament which, despite ten national titles, looks unfinished without C1.
The prestigious technician, who was twice crowned on the bench in Barcelona in 2009 and 2011, has faced many disappointments in recent years, against Monaco (8th, 2017), Tottenham (Quarter-finals, 2019) or Lyon (Quarter, 2020), before Return to the final. .
Triple goal for the city
Several important things have changed since those defeats. Midfielder Ilkai Gundogan analyzed, “We are more stable, and accept with fewer chances.
Last summer, the recruitment of Portuguese Robin Dias into the defense center strengthened the team whose strong heart had matured around Kevin de Bruyne, Riyad Mahrez or Ederson.
The appearance of young Phil Foden, 20, also made us forget that Argentine Sergio Aguero, City’s top scorer in history, will leave after the final.
The Manconnian team, which left no chance for the PSG stars in the previous round (2-1, 2-0), had had a good period since December and already have the Premier League and Coupe de la Ligue this season. ..
A hat-trick, with C1, would allow them to become the second English club to succeed internationally, alongside their rival Manchester United (1999).
As in 2012, before the match against Bayern Munich in Munich, the Londoners were not the finalists.
“We might be the underdogs. But she played in a match,” said Matteo Kovacic, the Croatian midfielder from Chelsea.
Another similarity with 2011-2012, there was a change of coaches during the year, succeeding Tuchel Frank Lampard in January.
Under the leadership of the German technician, who qualified for the final with Paris Saint-Germain last August against Bayern (1-0), Chelsea shine by relying on a steel defense that allowed them to knock out Real (1-1, 2-0) in the semi-finals. .
Despite signs of running out of power, with three defeats in their last four matches, including the FA Cup final against Leicester (1-0), Thiago Silva’s teammates are enjoying beating City twice. In the final weeks: April 17th in the FA Cup (1-0), then May 8th in the tournament (2-1).
“Congratulations to them. There, it’s another competition …” Guardiola replied briefly.
“The city is the standard. They might be the best team in the world now. I don’t know if this is an advantage, but it allows us to arrive with confidence.”