German midfielder Kai Havertz scored the only goal in the match as Chelsea beat Manchester City 1-0 in the UEFA Champions League Final at Estadio do Dragao to claim their second Champions League title in their history.
Both managers came into the game knowing each other well, having already met twice in the past six weeks and preparing their teams to win the match. The first chance in the match was for Raheem Sterling, who raced behind Chelsea’s Reese James to meet a long pass from Ederson, but the Englishman was unable to convert. Antonio Rudiger also blocked what would have been Phil Foden’s sure target while Manchester City looked to take the lead. Chelsea player Timo Werner missed two good chances as well, firstly, he completely missed a good square ball from his compatriot Kai Havertz before he fired a small shot at Ederson from close range. Chelsea lost veteran defender Thiago Silva to the injury and was replaced by Andreas Christensen.
Chelsea’s breakthrough ultimately came from the 21-year-old German midfielder Havertz who moved from Bayer Leverkusen in the summer for around £ 80m. The midfielder ran into the space between both Manchester City backs and received a perfect pass from Mason Mount before turning around the goalkeeper and striking the ball into the empty net in the 42nd minute. His goal proved sufficient for Chelsea as they held on and defended hard until the final whistle passed.
At his post-match press conference, Chelsea coach Thomas Tuchel praised the club’s staff and players as well as everyone involved in the win. The German who was appointed as a substitute for Frank Lampard in the middle of the season has now led Chelsea to glory in the Champions League after losing the final 1-0 last season to Bayern Munich as coach of Paris Saint-Germain. The club will reward Tuchel with an increase in his salary and an extension of his contract after his victory with the team. Chelsea’s victory was their second-ever European Champions League title and their fourth European title in 9 years. The Blues will now face Villarreal in the European Super Cup on August 11th in Belfast, and they have also qualified for the FIFA Club World Cup next season.
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