- Manchester City and Chelsea to play in UEFA Champions League final
- The winner will qualify for the FIFA Club World Cup ™
- Posts, stats, phrases and facts: FIFA.com delivers everything you need to know about both teams
“I’m incredibly proud. Winning against a team that beat Barcelona and Bayern Munich means a lot to us. It’s also thanks to the players who were there before us, Colin Bell, Mike Summerbee, and those who were already there when I arrived: Joe Hart, Pablo Zabaleta, Vincent Kompany, David Silva. There are a lot of players who have helped us to reach this stage. There are also the people of Abu Dhabi. I want to thank everything the world” – Pep Guardiola, Manchester City coach
“Wonderful performance. I am happy, very very happy with what we have achieved. I am very grateful to have the opportunity to live my life in football and in this profession. But it is not over. We want to go to Istanbul to win “-Thomas Tuchel, Chelsea coach
⭐ Stars of the semi-finals
🇩🇿 Riyad Mahrez
In the second set, several City players were sparkling. Ruben Dias and Phil Foden are among them. But in the first leg as well as in the return, Mahrez, by his unpredictable feints and thanks to the three goals he scored out of the four scored by his team, was above the rest.
“Riyadh is an extraordinary player – a lot of talent and quality, especially in the big games, which he is always ready for. At this level, you judge the players by their ability to be present at the decisive moments. He loves it and he’s having fun. Three goals in the semi-finals, that deserves a lot of compliments “- Pep Guardiola
🇫🇷 N’Golo Kanté
Mason Mount was once again brilliant, but it was the winner of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia ™ who hit the screen at Alfredo Di Stefano Stadium, before doing it again at Stamford Bridge. Known for being one of the best defensive midfielders in the world, Kanté has turned into a model midfielder unlike any other.
“He won every possible trophy except the Champions League. Would winning it make him even bigger? How far? He’s already a top player, he’s the guy you need to win trophies. coached other clubs, I dreamed of having this player in my teams, and now I have him. He is an incredible example, he is a quiet, discreet boy, who needs to have time of quality for him, he smiles a lot, he communicates with everyone but he does not speak loudly, he is always polite, it is through his performances that he expresses himself “- Thomas Tuchel
🤔 ** Did you know?
Chelsea bought Kevin De Bruyne in Genk in January 2012, before returning it to the Belgian club in the form of a loan for a period of six months, then loaning it to Werder Bremen for a year. When he arrived at Stamford Bridge, José Mourinho had said he was counting on the playmaker for the 2013/14 season. But despite a performance that won him man of the match against Hull City on that season’s Premier League opening day, De Bruyne had not even been included in the squad’s squad. Blues for the UEFA Super Cup against Bayern Munich 12 days later. In the end, the Belgian international left the club after having played only two games in the English league.
Chelsea goalkeeper number 2, Willy Caballero, spent three years at City, including three penalties against Liverpool in the League Cup final won by the Mancunians in 2016.
Manchester City become the third team in a row to play their first Champions League final, after Tottenham Hotspur in 2019 and Paris Saint-Germain in 2020. The previous 10 finals had no newcomers.
⚔ Previous confrontations in a final
The two teams have faced each other only once in the final of a major tournament: that of the 2019 League Cup. City had won 4-3 on penalties after a goalless draw. , mainly marked by the refusal of goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga to leave the pitch when his coach Maurizio Sarri wanted to replace him just before the end of extra time.
🤝 Finals between two teams from the same country
- 2000 : Real Madrid 3-0 Valence
- 2003 : AC Milan 0-0 Juventus (3-2 TAB)
- 2008 : Manchester United 1-1 Chelsea (6-5 TAB)
- 2013: Bayern Munich 4-1 Borussia Dortmund
- 2014: Real Madrid 4-1 Atlético de Madrid
- 2016: Real Madrid 1-1 Atlético de Madrid (5-3 TAB)
- 2019: Tottenham 0-2 Liverpool
🏟 The stadium
The Atatürk Olympic Stadium was the scene of the craziest Champions League final in history, with Liverpool’s incredible comeback against AC Milan in 2005, punctuated by a penalty shootout victory.
consecutive finals will have been played with two teams wearing their traditional colors after the confrontation between Manchester City and Chelsea in Istanbul. The last club to wear their away shirts in the final of the event was Manchester United, in their 3-1 loss to Barcelona in 2011
🤔 Did you know ?
- Thomas Tuchel, who took Paris Saint-Germain to the final of the competition in 2019/20, became the first coach to reach the final of the event two years in a row with two different clubs.
- Carlo Ancelotti and Zinedine Zidane hold the record for Champions League coronations as coaches, with three fins each. Guardiola will join this closed circle in case of City triumph and thus become the fifth manager to win the competition with different clubs after Ottmar Hitzfeld, José Mourinho, Jupp Heynckes and Ancelotti.
- On his 36th birthday, Fernandinho was established to everyone’s surprise against PSG. Phil Foden will turn 21 the day before the final.
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3 Manchester City becomes the third team in a row to play its first Champions League final, after Tottenham Hotspur in 2019 and Paris Saint-Germain in 2020. The previous 10 finals had no newcomers.
10 consecutive finals have been played with two teams wearing their traditional colors after the confrontation between Manchester City and Chelsea in Istanbul. The last club to wear their away shirts in the final of the event was Manchester United, in their 3-1 loss to Barcelona in 2011.