A season marked by the impact of the coremavirus pandemic and the shockwaves of trying to make a Super League breakaway reached its peak on Saturday, when Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City and Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea clashed in an all-English Champions League final in Porto.
It is the third last European elite club competition played between the two sides in the Premier League, and the second in just three seasons.
Has any team won the Champions League?
Chelsea have had experience at this stage in Europe before, beating Bayern Munich on penalties in the 2012 final. They have also won the Europa League twice since then.
Manchester City made their last appearance in the Champions League.
But the same bosses are not new at this stage. Spain boss Pep Guardiola is looking to win the Champions League for the third time after guiding Barcelona to wins in 2009 and 2011.
Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel is seeking his first Champions League success. Last season, the German took Paris St-Germain in the final, losing 1-0 to Bayern Munich.
How to do the same side this time?
City have won the English Premier League as well as the League Cup, their third in a row and fifth in seven seasons.
Chelsea, meanwhile, finished fourth in the league and lost the FA Cup final to Leicester.
Chelsea have lost twice to City this season, 1-0 in the FA Cup semi-finals and 2-1 out of the Premier League on May 8. But City beat the London Blues 3-1 in January.
What time is the kick-off?
The kick-off is on Saturday, May 29, at 9pm (19:00 GMT).
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Where is the game to be played?
The final will be held at the Estadio do Dragao, home of FC Porto. It was originally intended for Istanbul’s Ataturk Olympic Stadium but the COVID-19 bans mean UEFA decided to move the venue earlier this month.
Why are the locals angry?
The last-minute decision to lend COVID-19 safety rules for the last time has angered locals as hundreds of English fans not wearing masks lined up at Porto’s river bars on Friday night. .
Some Porto residents fear there will be an increase in infections due to the severely contagious variety of coronavirus that has spread to parts of England after first being identified in India.
Some were angry that foreign fans could go to the stadium but locals were already banned from attending the games for months.
“If they open [the stadiums] for English, they have to be open [them] for all, ”said Alexandre Magalhaes, walking through Porto, full of fans.
A Twitter user wrote:
Are fans allowed inside the stadium?
Up to 16,500 fans – at 33 percent of the stadium’s capacity – were allowed inside the stadium for the final.
Each side was given 6,000 tickets for their supporters. Another 1,700 tickets were made available for the majority.
What do you want me to do? 💙
🔊 It’s loud!
– Manchester City (@ManCity) May 28, 2021
What does it contain for the winners?
A trophy that is 73.5cm (28.9 inches) tall and weighs 7.5kg (16.5 pounds).
Both sides already qualify for next year’s tournament by their league position.
Is there a VAR?
How many substitutes are allowed?
Lima. If the final, like the UEFA Europa League one, goes into extra time, allow both sides to make a sixth one.
Where is the team at home?
Manchester City following a draw held in March.
‘Lots of chances’ for Chelsea
Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta is urging his team-mates to make history and prove wrong everyone who doubts the team’s worth at the moment.
“We know it’s a great opportunity. It will take nine years to get back to one last part of the Champions League for the club, so it’s a great opportunity for everyone,” said the Spain defender.
– Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) May 28, 2021
“We beat very good teams, we had very good performances. And this is the last step and we want to do it.
“Maybe a lot of people are skeptical about this group, about this club but we are back at the end of the Champions League and now the only thing we have to do is leave everything there tomorrow. We want to make history and be there it is before us. ”
The city will ‘suffer to win in the end’
Guardiola, meanwhile, believes his side will have to “suffer” if they are to succeed Chelsea.
“I’m sure we have to suffer to win in the end,” as a news conference said Friday.
“Most of the time in the finals you have to suffer. You have to be strong. Adjusting to the bad moments that happen. In the end we have to be ourselves and make a good game.
“Everyone will manage their own way.”