Two of the world’s highest-spending football clubs will face off for the most prestigious title in Europe when Manchester City and Chelsea meet in an all-English UEFA Champions League final.
The budget-busting Manchester City are looking to culminate a more than a decade-long quest to win their first Champions League in their first final. London-based Chelsea, with their deep pockets, are aiming for a second title (2012) on their third trip to the final.
What is guaranteed is that an American player will lift the trophy. Stars of the United States men’s team and fellow Pennsylvania natives Christian Pulisic (Chelsea) and Zack Steffen (Manchester City) will be on opposite sides of this showdown. Pulisic is expected to become the first American to take the field in a Champions League final, while Steffen will be waiting on the bench as a substitute goalkeeper.
When is the Champions League final in 2021?
- Date: Saturday May 29
- Hour: 3 pm ET / noon PT
The UEFA Champions League final between Chelsea and Manchester City is scheduled for 3pm ET on Saturday, May 29.
How to watch the Champions League final in the USA
CBS and TUDN will host the 2021 UEFA Champions League final and both networks are available via 7-day free trial of fuboTV.
Snapshots of the Champions League finalists
Manchester City have enjoyed a dream season so far, getting over a slow start to win both the English Premier League and the League Cup (also known as the EFL Cup, also known as the Carabao Cup). They have crushed the opposition on all fronts, outscoring opponents by a staggering 131-41 in 60 official matches. At one point, they also posted a club record of 21 straight wins. And he remains undefeated in UEFA Champions League matches this season: 11 wins, 1 draw, 0 losses.
Led by legendary coach Pep Guardiola, the “Ciudadanos” lost only 7 times in the 60 games played this year, fueled by the appearance of Portuguese central defender Ruben Dias. But two of those seven defeats were against Chelsea and their German head coach Thomas Tuchel.
After taking over mid-season from Frank Lampard, Tuchel’s new tactical approach rejuvenated Chelsea, turning them into a defensive monster. But his season has almost unraveled lately with goals showing off his Achilles heel. They were excluded in a final FA Cup defeat and lost two of their last three Premier League matches, almost costing them an automatic place for next year’s Champions League.
Chelsea vs. Manchester City odds
- Manchester City Money Line: -120
- Draw money line: +255
- Chelsea Money Line: +350
- Chelsea win to zero: +550
- Chelsea to score first and win: +390
- Manchester City to score first and win: +100
Odds courtesy of DraftKings and based on 90 minute regulatory result
Chelsea will be content to let Manchester City dictate the game and try to turn them around for quick transition opportunities. Chelsea’s speedy attackers Pulisic and Timo Werner are at their best when they have room to run and wreak havoc.
But if Manchester City’s star-studded attacking front finds the opening goal, it could be the light for Chelsea, struggling to take down opponents who sit and defend. In the six games in which Chelsea have conceded the first goal with Tuchel, they have only come back to win a single game (it turned out against ManCity). Compare that record to the 19 games under Tuchel in which Chelsea scored first: 17 wins, 1 draw, 1 loss.
Given those trends (Manchester City have won 41 of the 45 games in which they have scored first) and the uncompromising defensive talent on both sides, the more money “score first and win” lines for both teams could present the bet more. attractive.
His two victories over Manchester City will ultimately be the reason Chelsea will be viewed by many as an underdog in the Champions League final despite injury concerns involving two key starters. Tuchel indicated that he expects goalkeeper Edouard Mendy (bruised ribs) and midfield motor Ngolo Kante (hamstring) to make a full recovery before the final. Losing Kante would be a serious blow – they have lost four of the six games Kante has missed this season.
Manchester City will be in top form.
Where is the Champions League final played?
The final was scheduled to be played in Istanbul, but the organizers moved the match to Portugal with just two weeks to go. That decision was prompted by the UK government which placed Turkey on its COVID-19 “red list”, meaning Chelsea and Manchester City supporters would have faced travel restrictions.
UEFA initially tried to transfer him to England for obvious reasons, but the quarantine rules proved to be an obstacle. Therefore, Porto’s 50,000-seat Dragao Stadium will host its first Champions League final, the second year in a row the event has been held in Portugal. Final capacity has yet to be announced, but a total of 6,000 tickets have been allocated to both clubs for their traveling supporters.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.