Champions League final preview: Manchester City v Chelsea
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- Chelsea starting XI: Mendy; Azpilicueta, Silva, Rudiger; James, Kante, Jorginho, Chilwell; Mount, Werner, Havertz
- Man City starting XI: Ederson; Walker, Dias, Stones, Zinchenko; Gundogan, Bernardo, De Bruyne; Mahrez, Sterling, Foden
- Kai Havertz scored the opening goal on the 43rd minute
- Thiago Silva limped off with a groin injury
- Kevin De Bruyne forced off in the second with a black eye after a heavy collision
87: Thomas Tuchel marches to the edge of his technical area and gees up the Chelsea fans, telling them to make more noise and they duly follow suit.
The Blues are three minutes away from a second Champions League trophy.
85: A half-chance for Aguero as he controls the ball in the box after James got caught under the balls.
There are two City players queueing up at the back post but Aguero’s dinked cross is plucked out of the air by Mendy.
77: Sergio Aguero has come on for his final City appearance – will he be able to drag his team back into the game?
72: A glorious chance for Chelsea to double their lead as Havertz slips in Pulisic but he tries to dink Mendy and his effort goes agonizingly past the post.
61: Huge penalty appeals from City as a cross is alleged to have hit James’ hands. VAR has a look at it and rules no penalty.
60: De Bruyne has to come off and he is in tears as he gets to his feet. The City captain is also sporting a black eye following that collision with Rudiger.
Gabriel Jesus comes on for the midfielder
56: Rudiger and De Bruyne hit the ground and both need treatment after a coming together.
The referee is waiting for the Chelsea defender to get to his feet with a yellow card in hand but De Bruyne is receiving lengthy medical treatment.
52: It has been a scrappy start to the second half but De Bruyne has got on the ball for City and is trying to make something happen.
The Belgian drives towards the Chelsea box but Kante is everywhere tonight and he gets back to put in a perfect sliding tackle.
Peeeep: The second half is underway.
Half-time: Advantage Chelsea at the interval. That one moment of magic from Mount to find Havertz being the difference.
GOAL 43: Wonderful through ball from Mount to split the two Chelsea centre-backs and send Havertz running through on goal. Havertz dinked the ball round the out-rushing Ederson before tucking it into an empty net. 1-0 Chelsea.
37: Havertz attempts to dance his way through a packed City penalty area but Zinchenko gets back to make a tackle.
Meanwhile, Silva’s evening comes to an end as he is forced to withdraw, Andreas Christensen comes on.
Kai Havertz put Chelsea 1-0 up in the first half
34: First yellow card of the day goes to Ilkay Gundogan for a foul on Mason Mount.
On the other side of the pitch Silva has gone down holding his groin. Kurt Zouma and Andreas Christensen are sent out to warm up…
28: Outstanding defending from Rudiger to deny Foden a certain goal. De Bruyne fed the City youngster through on goal and he tried to guide the ball into the corner but Rudiger came flying across to block.
24: The frenetic start has calmed now both teams being patient on the ball.
Chelsea have a free-kick down the right flank, just outside of the box which James whips into the mixer but it is headed clear.
14: Best chance of the game so far falls to Werner 10 yards out but he fires the ball straight at Ederson. He should have done so much better with that one.
Werner breaks down the left moments later his powerful drive is deflected behind for a corner.
10: Timo Werner shocker claxon! The German striker is set up by his fellow countryman Havertz but he takes a wild swing and completely misses the ball. Oh no.
City go straight up the other end and almost edge ahead themselves but nobody could get on the end of Sterling’s low cross after cutting in from the left.
8: City goalkeeper Ederson plays a stunning ball over the top of the Chelsea defence and Sterling takes it down and races through on goal.
Reece James is hot on his heels and gets a vital touch on the ball before Sterling is forced with by Mendy, where he fires a backheel into the side netting.
3: Chelsea are put under immediate pressure at the back and they make a meal of trying to clear the ball
City fail to capitalise but they have shown some real intent from the off.
Man City put Chelsea under pressure early on
The teams are out
The players are out on the pitch and we are just moments away from kick-off!
The Champions League anthem is blaring out before the captains made their way to the centre circle for the coin toss.
HERE WE GO…
Thomas Tuchel final words
Thomas Tuchel was much more relaxed than Pep Guardiola during their pre-match media duties.
The German boss said: “We had some final words, but everything is set now. They have to do it, they have to feel it, it’s good they have to do it because it’s their quality, it’s their commitment, it’s their team effort that can decide this match on our side.
“We’ve gone for a little bit of height. Timo and Kai are a good couple up front, they’re good team-mates together, they have a good feeling for each other. Christian, it’s a tough choice to leave him out, but he’s very strong from the bench.
“I told the guys, we have some disappointing news because I have to choose from 23 for the starting 11 but we need 15 or 16 to win the game today.”
Noel Gallagher in the house
City fan and birthday boy Noel Gallagher has travelled to Porto to cheer on Guardiola’s side.
He told BT Sport: “I got here about three hours ago. It could be one of the greatest ever (birthdays), but then again, I could skip 54 and when I look back on it, I’ll go from 53 to 55. It’s our first final, I’m bricking it.
“It’s an all-England final, I’m quite recognisable, I live in London, the abuse I’m going to get from taxi drivers will be relentless if we lose. I’m not feeling great.
“For me, absolutely. I don’t get nervous at gigs, I’m in control of that, I can’t control this. I think it’s going to be a really tight game and I think everybody will agree, regardless of the line-up, if City turn up and play our best, then our best beats Chelsea best, so we’ve got to see who does it on the night.”
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Rio Ferdinand on Raheem Sterling
Raheem Sterling has not started any of City’s last five Champions League matches but Ferdinand is glad to see the England international recalled.
He said: “I’m so happy that Raheem is playing. Over the last three years, what he’s done at this football club, for him to miss a showpiece like this would have been a travesty, really.
“He deserves, for what he’s given this club for the last three or four years, to be in this game.
“He’s been a sub for a lot of games this season, which would’ve been disappointing, but he’s kept his mouth closed and look at the reward he’s got tonight. This is almost an audition tonight to get in the England team.”
Rio Ferdinand questions Man City lineup
Rio Ferdinand said on BT Sport: “Wow. No holding player, this is Pep changing things in a game like this again.
“He’s done it every time they’ve gone out, he’s tinkered with his team, and he’s done it again today.
“Pop, pop, pop all game. I just looked at the numbers there and six games they’ve played this season and just one game where both Fernandinho and Rodri have not played and that was a dead rubber against Olympiacos in the Champions League.
“So, a huge, huge change, but one that says and screams we’re going to dominate possession if you’re in a Manchester City shirt.”
Raheem Sterling is back in Man City’s starting XI
Chelsea starting XI: Mendy; Azpilicueta, Silva, Rudiger; James, Kante, Jorginho, Chilwell; Mount, Werner, Havertz.
Subs: Kepa, Caballero, Alonso, Christensen, Pulisic, Zouma, Kovacic, Giroud, Hudson-Odoi, Ziyech, Gilmour, Emerson.
Man City starting XI: Ederson; Walker, Dias, Stones, Zinchenko; Gundogan, Bernardo, De Bruyne; Mahrez, Sterling, Foden.
Subs: Steffen, Carson, Ake, Jesus, Aguero, Laporte, Rodri, Ferran, Mendy, Fernandinho, Cancelo, Garcia.
6.45pm: We’re expecting team news any minute now. Pep Guardiola said in the build-up to the match that it is “terrible” having to tell players that they will not be starting such a prestigious match.
He said: “It’s [an] absolutely disaster, don’t be a manager in your life.”
City’s Brazilian captain Fernandinho added: “It’s not an easy job for Pep to tell the starting eleven before the game but it’s part of the game. Playing a final, everyone will be important, you never know what can happen.
“The players have to be ready so my role (as captain) is just to tell them to be ready, they’ll be needed and this is important. Everyone is (involved) in the process, everyone was involved. My message is to be ready and you never know when you’ll be needed.”
Chelsea and Man City fans have travelled to Porto for the final
6.30pm: Good evening and welcome to Express Sport’s live coverage of the all-English Champions League final between Chelsea and Manchester City.
Pep Guardiola is looking to guide the Blues to their first European trophy to fulfil owner Sheikh Mansour’s dream.
Meanwhile, Chelsea are looking to add to their 2012 success in which beat Bayern Munich.
Up to 16,500 people will be inside Porto’s Estadio do Dragao stadium.
HOW TO WATCH MAN CITY VS CHELSEA FOR FREE
Man City vs Chelsea is set to kick off at 8pm on Saturday, May 29.
The match will be exclusively broadcast by BT Sport 1, and BT Sport 1HD, and BT Sport Ultimate in the UK.
Coverage starts from 6pm, lasting until 10.45pm.
Fans can watch the final for free on the BT Sport website or BT Sport YouTube channels.