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All-English showdown for Champions League final

Emeh Joy
By Emeh Joy

Basic Medical Scientist, Freelance Health Writer, Lifestyle Blogger and Business Enthusiast

Chelsea and Manchester City ready to face each other in the Champions League final at Istanbul

Manchester City will face Chelsea in the third all-English final of the Champions League on May 29th, 2021.

The final will take place in Istanbul, Turkey, despite the current lockdown in the country. Potentially up to 4,000 tickets will be available for Manchester City and Chelsea fans to watch the final.

However, the question remains whether the English government will allow travel to Turkey for the event.

Pep Guardiola will finally get to manage his Manchester City outfit for the first time in the clubs' history, in a Champions League final, after easing past Paris St-Germain in the semi-finals.

While Chelsea’s final opponents are looking to make it one from one in the Champions League final, the London side will be looking to add a second trophy to the cabinet following the memorable 4-3 win over Bayern Munich, on penalties in 2012.

Thomas Tuchel says Chelsea “feel good” about playing their Premier League opponents Manchester City in the Champions League final. This comes as no surprise after they knocked out City in the FA Cup semi-finals last month.

Despite Tuchel’s initial vote of confidence, he went on to say that their previous win in the FA Cup does not give his side an upper hand over the Manchester side, just a boost of confidence.

Thomas Tunchel has been performing wonders since taking the managerial role at the Stamford Bridge.

“No, it doesn’t give us the upper hand, but it gives us a good feeling; it gives us confidence. We will need the same level of performance again. It gave us belief because it is the highest level you can face.”

Although the recent win over City has clearly been a boost of confidence, Chelsea will need to muster every advantage available to them if they plan to get the upper hand again in Istanbul on May 29th.

One advantage that Tuchel’s side may have over Manchester City is their precious experience in the final of this illustrious competition. Before lifting the Champions League trophy for the first time in 2012, Avram Grant failed at the final hurdle after being beaten 6-5 on penalties by Manchester United in 2008.

Despite their richer history in this competition, Chelsea will certainly arrive as the underdogs to lift the trophy by the time the final whistle is blown. However, the likes of Rio Ferdinand, Michael Own and Joe Cole are convinced that Chelsea has more than enough potential to cause a huge upset on the night.

Former Chelsea player Joe Cole stated, “However, it’s a one-off game. If it was a two-legged game, then you’d favour City even more probably, but in a one-off game, they have got the tools to hurt anybody, as we saw in the FA Cup semi-final.

It’s going to be fascinating, a tactical battle with two great minds of football going at it.”

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Manchester City may lack the experience in the final of the Champions League but their manager, Pep Guardiola, has a much richer past in the competition.

During his time with Catalan giants Barcelona, Pep steered his side to two Champions League finals and saw his side emerge victorious on both occasions. In both instances, Barcelona beat Manchester United to lift the trophy.

After claiming two Champions League trophies and 14 La Liga titles as the manager of Barcelona -amongst other commendations - the Spanish manager moved onto Bayern Munich to bring them glory in Europe, but it never went as planned.

Pep Guardiola is hoping to win the Champions League to complete a treble with Manchester City for the first time in the club's history

Instead, Guardiola failed to see his side progress past the semi-finals in all three seasons; he saw his side beaten by La Liga teams on each occasion.

The 100% Champions League final win rate that Pep Guardiola currently has to his name will encourage himself and his players. With that being said, Manchester City is not a side that has lacked confidence under the management of Pep.

Although success in the European competitions has been difficult to obtain for the Manchester side so far, the Sky Blues have seen a huge amount of domestic success since the Spanish manager took the leading role.

Two Premier League titles, three Carabao Cups, two Community Shields and one FA Cup has seen the city of Manchester turn blue under the reign of Pep Guardiola.