Football fans were in for a treat yesterday as two elite football clubs, Manchester City and Chelsea, clashed in the final match of the English Champion league. The soccer game was held in Porto, a Portuguese city, and named the last-minute host for the event. This match was the third final of this league's elite club competition and played between two premier league sides, and the second one in the third season. Both of these clubs have foreign owners, who have contributed the most to change the future of this cash-rich Football league.
While speaking to TheSocialTalks, Thomas Tuchel, who is the owner of Chelsea before the game started, said, "The atmosphere in the team is quite positive, and all the guys are excited to play in the finals and lift the trophy." On being asked if there was any player injured or any surprising element in yesterday's match, he said, "Raheem Sterling would be in the playing XI but without a defensive midfielder. I want more attackers on, but it will all depend on the pitch." He further revealed the strategy that they would be using to win the game. He said, "The plan would be to send more attackers to the field."
In 1986, the finals of the Full Members Club, Chelsea, and Manchester City had met for the finals, and Chelsea had won by 5-4 at the Wembley stadium. Speaking about the same, Tuchel further said, "Yes, I think Chelsea can again beat them and win the coveted trophy. We had a pretty good season so far."
Roman Abramovich bought Chelsea in 2003 and took over Abu Dhabi of a city in 2008. Both the teams have won 7 out of the last 10 Premier League Titles in their kitty.
When asked about shifting the venue at the last minute (the venue was Istanbul, but due to the surge in the COVID-19 cases, and then shifted to Porto), Tuchel further said, “The decision was taken while keeping the safety of everyone in mind from players to staff and even the groundsmen. We should respect this decision.”
Chelsea as a club had a head start in becoming a big spender, and they had the experience of beating Bayern Munich on penalties on their home soil in the 2012 home soil. Chelsea had even won the Europa League twice.
Manchester City never made it to the finals, but, after 13 years and four seasons of disappointment, under the leadership of Guardiola, the team's owner, Manchester City had won the league cup this season, which had the likes of Kevin De Bruyne and Ruben Dias.
While in a conversation with TheSocialTalks, Pep Guardiola, the owner of Manchester City, said before the match, "The players are well aware of the game. If we win the match, we would be the heroes, but if we lost, we would be the losers."
On being asked about the atmosphere of the team, he further said, "They do understand the liberality of the pressure, but I've told them to enjoy the game. They should take this opportunity to perform their best." On being asked about the strategy, of the team, he further revealed, "We are well aware of Chelsea's threat. They have beaten us in the last six weeks i.e., in the FA Semi cup finals in the league.”
On being asked about who was injured, and who was the surprise element, he said, "Germany had declared midfielder N'Golo Kante, and goalkeeper Edouard Mendy fit to play as they are quite alarming. And our top scorer Ilkay Gundogan had a limp during our last training session."
COVID-19 becomes a roadblock for the finals.
This is the second time that Istanbul will not be hosting the finals as the UK government had put the country on its red travel list, and it has become impossible for fans to attend the game at all.
Even last year, when Lisbon was the last-minute decision, Portugal again became the possible option, and fans could attend as Portugal is one of the few countries on the UK's green travel list.
According to Portuguese authorities, only 33% of people could attend the match, and the expected number is 16,500, which also included 6000 fans from each side.
One of the spokespersons of Portuguese Police had said that managing English fans is a complex process.
Chelsea had won the match last night for the second time as Kai Havertz scored a 1-0 goal that helped them to defeat Manchester City.
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