Thomas Tuchel outplays Pep again as Chelsea win 2nd Champions League in 9 years
London, May 29, 2021 (AltAfrica)-Chelsea have won their second Champions League title after Kai Havertz dashed Manchester City’s dreams with the only goal of the final in Porto. Victory completes an astonishing turnaround at the club under Thomas Tuchel, four months after the German took over following Frank Lampard’s sacking.
In a move that started from their goalkeeper Édouard Mendy three minutes before half-time, Mason Mount took possession from Ben Chilwell and passed wonderfully to leave City’s high line floundering. Havertz was left completely free, bearing down on the area and kept his balance, hurdling the onrushing Ederson before putting the ball into an empty net.
Chelsea won the Champions League for the second time with a fully deserved victory over Manchester City in the all-Premier League confrontation in Porto.
Thomas Tuchel got the better of his Manchester City counterpart Pep Guardiola for the third time since succeeding sacked Frank Lampard in January to bring European club football’s biggest prize back to Stamford Bridge for the first time since 2012.
Kai Havertz, blossoming after a slow start to his Chelsea career, scored the winner three minutes before half-time when he collected a defence-splitting pass from Mason Mount to round City goalkeeper Ederson and score.
Guardiola surprisingly decided against utilising either Rodri or Fernandinho as a defensive midfielder, leaving City with a muddled game plan that reduced their effectiveness and rarely presented Chelsea with any problems.
Chelsea had the better opportunities throughout, Timo Werner wasting two good chances before Havertz struck and substitute Christian Pulisic squandering another in the second half.
City, who lost Kevin De Bruyne to injury midway through the second half, threw on Sergio Aguero for his final appearance but there was no fairytale ending for the club’s greatest goalscorer as Chelsea closed out the win.
And for Tuchel it was elation after the disappointment of losing last year’s final as manager of Paris St-Germain.