Daily US Times: English club Chelsea won the Champions League for the second time with a fully deserved victory over fellow English club Manchester City in an all-Premier League confrontation in Porto.
Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel got the better of his Manchester City counterpart Pep Guardiola for the third time since succeeding sacked Frank Lampard to bring European club football’s biggest prize back to Stamford Bridge for the first time since 2012.
Kai Havertz got the winner three minutes before half-time when he collected a defence-splitting pass from Mason Mount to round City goalkeeper Ederson and score.
It leaves Manchester City still searching for the Champions League, the trophy that has always eluded them, and Pep Guardiola cannot escape scrutiny for his part in this defeat after taking a tactical gamble which backfired.
Guardiola surprisingly decided against utilising either Fernandinho and Rodri as a defensive midfielder, leaving City with a muddled game plan that rarely presented Chelsea with any problems and reduced ManCity’s effectiveness.
Chelsea had the better opportunities throughout the match, Timo Werner wasting two good chances to score goals before Havertz struck and substitute Christian Pulisic squandering another in the second half.
Manchester City, who lost Kevin De Bruyne to injury midway through the second half, threw on Argentine striker Sergio Aguero for his final appearance but there was no fairytale ending for the club’s greatest goalscorer as Chelsea closed out the win.
And for Tuchel it was elation after the disappointment of losing last year’s final as manager of Fench club Paris St-Germain.
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