Chelsea won the second Champions League in history, beating Manchester City 1-0 in the final thanks to a goal from Kai Havertz.
Nine years after the coronation of the band to Didier Drogba, Chelsea finally holds its second Champions League! The Blues won 1-0 against Manchester City and Thomas Tuchel won the tactical battle against Pep Guardiola.
Because for this very final, played at a very high pace, Guardiola had decided to play without real sentries in the midfield, aligning a double pivot Gundogan – De Bruyne while Thomas Tuchel aligned his usual starting eleven.
This allowed Chelsea players to take advantage of many spaces and set the Citizens’ defense on fire in the first quarter of an hour. But Timo Werner, yet ideally placed each time, harvested three times with a missed recovery (10th), a shot too crushed (14th) then a shot not on target (15th).
City were not to be outdone and obtained chances by Sterling (8th), Kevin De Bruyne (27th) and Walker (30th).
Silva injured, Havertz scorer
One of the other highlights of the first act was the injury of Thiago Silva, affected in the adductors, which gave way to Andreas Christensen (39th).
This hard blow in no way hampered the morale and the smooth running of the Blues. Indeed, three minutes before half-time, Chelsea opened the scoring by taking advantage of a gaping hole in City’s defense. At the start of the action, Edouard Mendy, the goalkeeper for the Blues, found Mount in midfield. The latter threw in depth Kai Havertz, completely forgotten by the opposing defense, and who could go alone on goal to deceive Ederson (1-0, 42nd).
De Bruyne’s swollen face
Despite a late goal at the break, Pep Guardiola did not change his plans for the second period. But he was finally going to have to do it because of a twist of fate. After a duel with Rüdiger, De Bruyne remained on the ground, stunned. The Belgian international had received a blow to the face and left the field with a swollen face (59th). Gabriel Jesus replaced him a minute later.
Manchester City pushed to snatch the equalizer but Azpilicueta made a saving tackle in front of Mahrez (69th), then it was Ben Chilwell who cleared his camp in disaster (74th).
Meanwhile, by pushing, City exposed themselves to Chelsea counterattacks. Pulisic, who came into play in place of Werner (in the 66th minute) even missed the ball from 2-0 after having benefited from a caviar from Havertz (73rd).
The end of the match was unbreathable with a huge opportunity for Mahrez (90 + 6th) but Chelsea did not crack and the Londoners exulted with joy at the final whistle after seven minutes of stoppage in play.
This Chelsea victory is also a revenge for his coach, Thomas Tuchel, who arrived during the season after being fired by PSG, a club with which he lost in the Champions League final last year. Chance of fate, his predecessor at the head of PSG, Unai Emery, who had also failed in the quest for the C1, won in the final of the Europa League with Villarreal.