CHELSEA BEAT MANCHESTER CITY TO WIN 2021 CHAMPIONS LEAGUE
By Sylvanus Ofekun
Chelsea on Saturday became the third English side to win the Champions League on two occasions, after Liverpool (2004-05 and 2018-19) and Manchester United (1998-99 and 2007-08).
Chelsea’s 1 nil victory over Manchester City in an all-Premier League confrontation in Porto was well deserved, as 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 scored his first Champions League goal and became the first player to score his first goal in the competition in the final since Ilkay Gundogan scored in 2013.Also,he became the youngest German player to score in a Champions League final since Borussia Dortmund’s Lars Ricken in 1997 (20 years 322 days v Juventus).
The game played at the Estadio do Dragao in Porto, Portugal saw Guardiola lost his first cup final as City manager, with this loss only his second major cup final defeat of his managerial career (along with Copa del Rey in 2010-11).