Before the game, both coaches agreed that the results so far given on Saturday were not a bar. They respected each other. – They are champions, they are a role model for us, they will be favorites – said Thomas Tuchel about Manchester City. Pep Cardiola continued: – I believe we will have to work hard to win this final. It will be a dynamic match, 90 minutes Games Without any domination. We will definitely do what we can PowerThat would be great football advertising.
Is this really the best ad? She is definitely good. Or maybe even better, because this is a good game. Especially in the first half, as both teams tried to play fast from the start, they took the risk. Maybe they didn’t shoot right now, but the pace of the match was staggering. Finally they started shooting too. Timo Werner started – in the 14th minute, when he got a better chance, but from a few meters he hit Ederson directly, shortly after he threw another shot into the side net.
Cardiola sat up and drank some water
Cardiola decided to field his team for this match without a regular striker. Unfortunately it seemed, because City were able to run the ball into the penalty area, but already had a problem. Until the break, Eduardo Mendy did not have much work to do and was handled by the guards. Mostly Caesar Asbiliquetta, but Antonio Rudiger blocked a shot from Bill Fotten in the 28th minute. Third Chelsea defender Diego Silva also assisted, but he was injured in the 39th minute (replaced by Andreas Christensen).
Silva was devastated after leaving the field, but when the cameras showed him shortly before the break he was in a good mood. Definitely better than Cardiola, he sat down in the 42nd minute and drank some water. A few minutes ago, he saw a goal from Guy Howard. Several dozen meters away is not possible without the fantastic pass of Mason Mount. He was the one who saw Howard run into the open, and in one situation Ederson ran to the edge of the penalty area and kicked the ball into the empty goal.
Nine years later Chelsea won the Champions League again!
Cardiola made no changes during the break and did not adjust his tactics. Chelsea adjusted this, tightening the center of the field in the second half and focusing more on defense. She defended a good decision, however she could have had more success. Or maybe it should have been – in the 73rd minute, when substitute Christian Pulic received a superb pass from Howard, but in each other’s situation he hit next to the post. It was a great opportunity in the second half for a long time because City, as well as not firing towards the goal before the break, did not return after the break. In statistics, the match ended in an accurate victory (Rahim Sterling from the start of the meeting, which is hard to call a shot). With a very low accuracy of Riyad Mahrez at the time of injury in the second half, the ball then went over the crossbar.
Chelsea last played in the Champions League final nine years ago. Then, to win with Bayer, she needs extra time and penalties (1: 1, 5: 4). Now he handled the regulatory time. Howard’s goal was decisive because it only won this game.