Welcome to our MBM live coverage of the 29th Champions League final … or if we’re doing things right, paying due attention to history and romance, the 66th European Cup final. If things had gone well, we would be at the Ataturk in Istanbul for the latest edition of the biggest and most glamorous club match in world football, but the coronavirus has ended that, and so everyone has reached the easiest place to access. Estádio do Dragão in Porto instead. A shame in a sense, given that the otherworldly Ataturk would have been a fitting location for the denouement of a supernatural season … but a day in the Douro is a great Plan B. It’s tied!
Manchester City are playing their first European Cup final. It is the end of a journey that began in 1968, when Malcolm Allison promised that he and Joe Mercer’s English champions would set out across Europe “as they haven’t been attacked since the days of old Real Madrid … I think many of these Europeans are doing it. cowards. “Sure enough, after talking a lot, they fell at the first hurdle against Fenerbahce. That brilliant Lee-Bell-Summerbee team took home some European titles in the end, winning the Recopa de la Recopa de 1970, but that night everyone was watching the FA Cup final live in glorious technicolor on BBC1, City’s 2-1 win over Gornik. Zabrze relegated to late-night black and white reflections at 2. The unhappy fluke It always used to happen to City in the day.
However, times change and millions of people will be watching tonight as the Masterful City finally seeks to fulfill Allison’s words. City have scored 60 goals in their last 25 Champions League games. They have scored 25 this season, letting just four enter on the way to the final. All this without a designated striker! Tonight they are the favorites to win their second European bauble and their first European Cup.
Chelsea, who are playing their third European Cup final, will have something to say about it. The pensioners should have won the trophy in 2008, only for John Terry to be frozen in the moment against Manchester United; They raised him in 2012, Didier Drogba, the imperious hero of the hour against Bayern Munich. Their run towards this year’s final has been City’s impressive draw, defeating Atlético de Madrid, the new champion of Spain, without too much fuss, while only a wasteful ending prevented them from running a cricket score against the famous Real Madrid. . If they succeed tonight, it will be their second European Cup and their sixth major European trophy in total, having won a couple of European Leagues (2013, 2019) and Recopas de Campeones (1971, 1998) in the past.
Chelsea come into this match having lost three of their last four matches, including a painful defeat in the FA Cup final, and a loss at Aston Villa that could have cost them a place in the top four. Another reason City are favorites, then… until you consider their recent form against Pep Guardiola’s team: a 1-0 win in the FA Cup semi-finals and a 2-1 league win at the Etihad.
It’s easy to defend both sides, which is exactly how it should be before the European Cup final. Team news and a variety of topics to follow. The start is at 8 pm (local and BST). Its on!
George is Digismak’s reported cum editor with 13 years of experience in Journalism