Chelsea aims to complete their ultimate underdog story in the Champions League by defeating Man City in the final. They did so with a gritty 1-0 win to win third second Champions League title with utter conviction. After starting the game really brightly, the Blues took the lead in the 42nd minute when Kai Havertz broke past the Man City backline before finishing coolly in front of the goal.
City might’ve dominated the majority of the possession (52%) in the first half, but Chelsea created the majority of the big chances and went into the break with a deserved lead. Chelsea maintained an incredible defensive shape in the second half and despite missing some shocking chances, did enough to win the game!
Christian Pulisic makes history to become the first USA International to win a Champions League title! City BOTTLE ANOTHER BIG UCL GAME and it looks like they’re destined to never win a big European trophy. Chelsea just win their 2nd UCL trophy against all odds and validate all their decisions & changes from this season.
Here are the Chelsea player ratings in the Champions League final.
Chelsea Player Ratings vs Manchester City
Thomas Tuchel (9.0) –
Tuchel had Pep’s number before this game by winning two of their last meetings and managed to outfox him again in the game when it mattered the most! Did an amazing job setting up his side’s shape incredibly well – as Chelsea never seemed to lose their rhythm and always stuck as one strong singular unit.
His subs were clever too as Christensen did a great job replacing Silva and helped Chelsea keep a CS. Tuchel’s impressive tactics and game management helped Chelsea get to the final and he continued his brilliant work to help them get over the line. Definitely deserves a new multi-year deal and all the support he wants after how much he’s transformed this side since arriving.
Edouard Mendy (7.0) –
Mendy is tested early on in a one-v-one situation with Sterling but stands big to stop him from scoring. Played the fantastic long ball to start the move leading to Havertz’s goal. Wasn’t really tested that much at all but collected the crosses well and distributed the ball brilliantly in a good showing.
Reece James (8.0) –
James has the duty of facing the menacing Phil Foden today. Actually seems to coming up more against Raheem Sterling – but it holding his own. Pocketed Sterling to the point that he had to be subbed with his tail between his legs. ALmost got a heart attack with a potential hand-ball in the second half that was rightfully chalked off.
But James was brilliant on the right, making key challenges and being a proactive figure all game long to neutralize City’s movement through that side. A big part of helping Chelsea maintain the CS.
Cesar Azpilicueta (7.5)-
The Chelsea captain is playing with his heart on his sleeve today – working extremely hard to close down space for the City attackers. Makes a clutch clearance in the 69th to stop a near goal for City. Played like a true captain today – being in the right places at the right time on multiple occasions and operating like a warrior.
Helped his side maintain an impenetrable defensive shape and ensured that his side didn’t bottle the lead at any point of the match.
Thiago Silva (6.0) –
Playing in his second-successive UCL final, Silva will be desperate not to lose again. But fate ended up being cruel towards him. Silva maintained a strong defensive line and looked really solid in the first half-hour before tweaking his groin – forcing an early sub.
Antonio Rudiger (7.0) –
Rudiger’s been Chelsea’s rock this season and proves why by coming up with a huge goal-saving block to deny Foden from yards out in the 27th. Involved in a nasty collision with De Bruyne around the hour-mark – resulting in the City man having to be substituted.
He basically KO’ed both KDB and the majority of City’s attacks through his side all game long and ensured his side were solid all game long.
Ben Chilwell (7.5) –
The Chelsea left-back faces City’s UCL star Riyad Mahrez but did a really good job to keep him quiet in the first half. Also played a nice little pass to allow Mount to create Havertz’s goal. Kept Mahrez on check all game long and although did fire with some risky challenges, Chilwell was – like his fellow defenders – defensively astute and offensively a threat too.
Jorginho (6.5) –
Jorginho seems to be tasked to man-mark the dangerous Kevin de Bruyne today. Did so pretty well actually before he had to be subbed on. While not as impactful as Kante, he did his job perfectly too and helped maintain a perfect defensive shape.
N’Golo Kante (9.5) –
The ‘three-lung’ midfielder seems to be at his energetic best. Getting in promising attacking areas and managed to get a chance in the 17th but his header went over. Superbly won back the ball to ensue a terrifying counter-attack in the 37th but saw it wasted.
He turned into his prime best today and was like an absolute machine! Covered literally every blade of the grass to close down any opportunities for City. He won 11 duels, 4 aerials (with that height!), 2 interceptions and recovered the ball 10 times. Proved why he is one of the best players of his generation with an incredible performance on the biggest stage of them all. Chelsea are SO LUCKY to have him.
Mason Mount (8.0) –
The Chelsea youth academy star must be at his clutch best in this one. Made a brilliant forward run to create Werner’s chance in the 14th. Played the brilliant through ball to assist Havertz’s goal. At the heart of nearly every single one of Chelsea’s promising attacks today and caused chaos with his brilliant final passes.
He created 4 (!) big scoring chances and found all the holes in City’s defence to trouble through. Another brilliant clutch performance in the biggest game of his life.
Kai Havertz (8.0) –
Chelsea’s record signing starts ahead of Christian Pulisic due to his physicality and needs to prove his worth today. Did well to create the chance for Werner in the 8th. Then scored his first-ever CL goal for Chelsea by brilliantly going past the City defence and the onrushing Ederson before scoring in an open goal.
Burst forward with menacing pace and played a clever pass for Pulisic’s missed chance in the 72nd. Was Chelsea’s best attacking threat and tormented City all game long. Despite enduring a difficult debut season, Havertz kept his best for the most important game of the season and produced the vital winner. That’s why Chelsea paid the big bucks for him!
Timo Werner (5.5) –
Despite enduring his ‘unluckiest season’ yet, Werner aims to make a difference upfront today. Produces a comical miss from open range in the 8th – completing miskicking a big scoring chance. Then manages two more shots on target in quick succession around the 14th-minute – one that was saved and one which hit the side-netting.
But apart from his dreadful finishing, Werner’s movement caused City big problems. His clever movement actually opened up the City defence for Havertz to score & kept fooling City defenders all game long. Subbed for Pulisic in the second half after a mixed-bag of a performance.
Andreas Christensen (7.0) –
After making a fatal error in his last appearance vs City, Christensen looks to redeem himself today. Does that really well with the brilliant block to deny Foden a stunner in the 90th. Really did redeem himself with a really solid performance.
Christian Pulisic (5.5) –
Becomes the first-ever USA international to make an appear in the UCL final! Should have become the first USA star to score in a UCL final but fluffed a big scoring chance after a great counter-attack in the 72nd! Thankfully that miss didn’t cost Chelsea the final – so we all good.
Mateo Kovacic (N/R) –
Helped Chelsea keep some possession late on and frustrate City really well.
MAN OF THE MATCH
Kante’s performance was just a notch over everyone else on the pitch. He operated at a different level and was literally everywhere throughout the 90 mins. Deservedly gets the MOTM and that could even boost his chances of winning the Ballon d’Or next year!