This is Chelsea’s second-ever Champions League glory
Havertz’s first-half goal helped Chelsea clinch the title in Porto
Manchester City’s quest for the first-ever Champions League glory will have to wait as Chelsea stymied the sky blues in an all-English final in Porto.
It took 10 years and the most expensive summer signing, Kai Havertz, for Chelsea to open up their Champions League final score in Portuguese seaside city. Having lost the veteran defender, Thiago Silva, 39th minute into the game, the royal blues found the lead over their Premier League rivals three minutes before halftime after Mason Mount opened up the city defense before Havertz beat Ederson.
Fifteen minutes into the second half, City’s best player, Kevin De Bryune, was forced off injured after a collision with Antonio Rudiger which minimized their chance to get level in the game. Despite throwing everything into attack giving some nervy moments in the injury time, the current Premier League Champions could not find the net courtesy of a composed defensive display from Chelsea. Eventually, the final ended 1-0 in favor of the English capital with French and Chelsea defensive midfielder N’golo Kante declared as the ‘player of the match’ .
This is Chelsea’s third win over City in six weeks despite finishing 19 points behind the Champions in the English top-flight. The capital club, before delaying title celebrations in Manchester, had ended the hopes of City’s domestic treble, after their FA Cup semifinal triumph back in April (which they eventually lost to Leicester).
Thomas Tuchel, who replaced Club legend Frank Lampard, mid-season, executed his plans perfectly and tormented his City’s counterpart, Guardiola, throughout the final. The former Paris Saint-Germain boss, who had lost the last season final to German Champions, helped the English club to their first Champions League glory since 2012.
However, it has been a difficult road for Pep Guardiola in the European campaigns since leaving Spain in 2012. Three seasons with Bayern Munich without a European glory and having failed to get past the quarter-finals with Manchester City in the first four seasons, it has not been a journey to cherish for the Spanish manager.
Brentford Promoted into the Premier League
It was all smiles in the west London club after Brentford was promoted to the English top-flight for the first time in seven decades. Having failed to qualify last campaign, they edged past Swansea 2-0 in the Championship playoffs final on Saturday sealing their first Premier League appearance.
It took two first-half goals for Bees, from Ivan Toney and Emiliano Marcondes, to secure the win over Swans in fan-filled Wembley stadium. Brentford finished third in the Championship table with 87 points, 10 points behind the Champions Norwich and second-placed Watford, who will be joining them in the next Premier League Campaign.