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Champions League, chapter XI: England meet in Istanbul

Manchester City and Chelsea will play the Champions League Final in Istanbul, after eliminating PSG and Real Madrid, respectively, in what will be the second between two English clubs in the last three seasons.

Liverpool beat Tottenham in Madrid in 2019. As the first-time citizens, who until today had only reached a semifinal in 2016 (they were eliminated by the subsequent champion Real Madrid), Chelsea will play the third in their history, after having lost the first in 2008 against Manchester United and having won the second in 2012 to Bayern Munich.

Crushed in the round of 16 last season by Bayern Munich (7-1), Chelsea did not pass the first round of crosses since in 2014 they eliminated them at Atlético Madrid in the semifinals and according to how the season began (Tuchel replaced Lampard on the bench in January, with the team collapsed in the Premier) little could be contemplated the London team among the candidates to reach the final in Istanbul … But the change carried out has been of such magnitude that having lost only two of the 25 games played under the command of the German coach, he has reached the end of the season in full.

However, they will face each other against a plethora of Manchester City, which only gave up a draw in the twelve games of the tournament, which discounts the days to celebrate another Premier title and which, for many, shows the best football on the continent.

Guardiola, who will direct his third Champions League final, the first in ten years, is undoubtedly one of the most solvent coaches in the competition, since of his twelve seasons training in the elite in eight of them he reached, at least, the semifinals of the maximum continental tournament.

Tuchel, for his part, repeats the final, after the loss last season at the helm of PSG against Bayern Munich, in which it is his fourth participation in the tournament.

Leading Borussia Dortmund, he was eliminated in the quarterfinals of the 2016-17 season by Monaco and in his first campaign at PSG, 2018-19, he lost in the round of 16 against Manchester United, who were able to overcome the 0-2 from Old Trafford to win 1-3 in Paris.


Tuchel will repeat the final and Chelsea will return for the third time to the last stage of the competition. Imposing, solvent and far superior, the English team brought Real Madrid to their knees without any excuse. City won, like a day before, 2-0 but in view of the game it would not have been surprising if the merengue team conceded a win.

Madrid, barely surviving in the first leg with a draw that opened the door to hope, could not reach what would have been the fifth final in eight seasons and Zidane’s fourth in six at Stamford Bridge. He held out hope for about half an hour, looking for a goal that Benzema brushed and Mendy saved, but which Timo Werner overtook Chelsea was powerless.

Overwhelmed and physically inferior, Zidane’s team was saved, almost by a miracle, from the avalanche of chances from a Chelsea that could more than sentence the tie in a second half that they dominated practically at will.

Havertz, Wenger, Kanté or Pulisic crashed before a huge Courtois, if not against his poor aim, thus maintaining a minimal Madridista hope … until entering the final stretch of the clash, Mount finished off an assist from Pulisic. and he sentenced, deservedly, the Chelsea pass.


The French team had no option to aspire to give the bell in Manchester. Already deprived of Mbappé, who was injured and did not play for a minute, PSG entered the Etihad césoed on Tuesday enraged, with a very high pressure that bothered the City for ten frantic minutes, in which he had a penalty penalty in favor, denied by the VAR … And that began to be diluted as soon as Mahrez achieved 1-0.

From here, Guardiola’s team took the pulse of the duel with solvency, well positioned and combining with precision, he drowned almost all the attempts of a rival who barely sighed with a shot that narrowly missed Di María and a header from Marquinhos who touched the crossbar.

Neymar watched with great intelligence, the tie was sentenced by Mahrez himself, already in the second half and before Di María expelled himself in the final stretch of a duel that, with touches of harshness, Manchester City closed with more comfort than the which was suspected at the beginning of the night.

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