Champions League Final preview; Manchester City vs Chelsea


Possible line-ups

Manchester City: Ederson; Walker, Stones, Rúben Dias, Zinchenko; Bernardo Silva, Fernandinho, Gündoğan; Mahrez, De Bruyne, Foden

Chelsea: Mendy; Christensen, Thiago Silva, Rüdiger; Azpilicueta, Jorginho, Kanté, Chilwell; Pulišić, Werner, Mount

How they got here

Manchester City
Record: W11 D1 L0 F25 A4
Top scorer: Riyad Mahrez, Ferran Torres (4)
Semi-finals: 4-1 vs Paris
Quarter-finals: 4-2 vs Dortmund
Round of 16: 4-0 vs Mönchengladbach
Group C: winners

Record: W8 D3 L1 F22 A4
Top scorer: Olivier Giroud (6)
Semi-finals: 3-1 vs Real Madrid
Quarter-finals: 2-1 vs Porto
Round of 16: 3-0 vs Atlético
Group E: winner

Form guide

Manchester City
Last game: Man. City 5-0 Everton, 23/05
Where they finished: Premier League winners, League Cup winners

Last game: Aston Villa 2-1 Chelsea, 23/05
Where they finished: 4th in Premier League

View from the camps

Josep Guardiola, Man. City manager: ““I’m the happiest man in the world to be here. It’s a privilege, it’s an honour. We’re going to try and do our best. All we have to do is be honest with ourselves and try to win the game.”

Kevin De Bruyne, Man. City midfielder: “We’re all competitors and we all want to win. As players we understand the magnitude of the game. If you win you’re a hero, if you lose you’re almost a failure.”

Thomas Tuchel, Chelsea manager: “As a child, you dream of these matches and it’s like watching the moon – it’s so, so far away. Once you’re in it, you’re just in it. I don’t hesitate to say that Man. City and Bayern have been the benchmark in Europe this season and last season. We are trying to close the gap and the good thing is, in football, you can close gaps in 90 minutes.”

César Azpilicueta, Chelsea captain: “Chelsea always fight for everything. Tomorrow is about becoming European champions, it’s a big game and we know that we will have to be at our best. It’s a special day, we have the fans back and we want to make history.”

Manchester City face Chelsea in the UEFA Champions League final on Saturday 29 May at 21:00 CET.