Nine years ago it was written in the stars on May 19, marking the last time the Old Guard has defined the era of football at Stamford Bridge. It was a victory and a campaign against all bargains.Napoli, Barcelona, Bayern Chelsea finished sixth in the league. But it’s the champions of Europe on the biggest night in our history.
This one doesn’t feel like that. This is not the last time, this is the beginning. All new guards have been in since 2012, now we are just getting started. Only César Azpilicueta left
But as he leads the team today (maybe) there is only one thing that matters to win.
Date & Time: Saturday, May 29, 2012 at 8:00 p.m. BST; 3:00 p.m. EDT; 12:30 p.m. IST (next day).
Location: Dragão Stadium, Porto, Portugal
Referee: Antonio Matéu Lahoz (in the field); Alejandro Hernández (VAR) – Lahoz is an experienced referee with more than 30 Champions League matches with his name, although this was his first major final. This will be his third Chelsea match. His previous two were both in the group stage in both Portugal (2014-15 when we beat Sporting CP 1-0 and 2015-16 when we lost 2-1 on Porto). He played four matches in City, with City winning three. Their only loss was in the 2017-18 semi-finals against Liverpool.
prophecy: Fresh and warm
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Manchester City Team news: Like Chelsea, Manchester City came without much of a injury. İlkay Gündoğan appears limp from training earlier this week. But it looked OK yesterday and it should all be ready to use.
Ever since we saw and beat City 2-1 in the last Premier League for a brief delay in their Premier League title celebrations, they beat Newcastle by one goal in seven, having been joyfully losing Brighton with one goal against. Five, then slapped Everton 5-0 on the final day.City has been on the easy road for a while, so it’s difficult to read too much of those results. They have not lost Champions League games all season, winning 11 out of 12, drawing 1 time (0-0), incidentally on the same stadium against Porto in the group stage.
City beat Borussia Monchengladbach, Borussia Dortmund and
Borussia PSG in the knockout round, scoring two goals on each of the six legs and losing a third of them. As with machines
This is Manchester City’s first Champions League match and the first European final since the 1970 Cup Winners’ Cup where they beat Poland’s Górnik Zabrze, but this is familiar territory. As for Pep Guardiola, in his third Champions League final as manager overall, fourth overall, with all wins. In fact, he was a successful expert at the finals.
Watch out for the enemy: Bitter and blue
Chelsea team news: Chelsea are the underdogs, just like Tuchel are not understanding Guardiola, but Tommy Tommy 2-for-2 with Darth Pep since January, even if helping him or hurting him is still to be seen. Defeating the top three in a row in a short period of time is a tough question, let alone the best in England and Europe and the battle for the greatest trophy in club football.
With N’Golo Kanté, Édouard Mendy and Andreas Christensen all Tommy TooCool will have a full squad to choose from. He had said before that he didn’t like to mess with his success in the finals. But that didn’t prevent him from adding a wrinkle or two to his usual 3-4-3 setup in the FA Cup final. Reece James played center-back that day and has done it a few times as well, while last weekend he emerged as a midfielder. Tuchel seems to have fun guessing everyone.
Since taking over in January, Tuchel’s record is an example, albeit a few fewer than in his past games. Chelsea have lost three quarters of all upcoming matches. (Including the FA Cup final), which often lacks the sharpness of attacking and defensive focus, the level does not diminish much despite having to go through a busy and congested season. Slightly down can make the difference on this scale.
Hopefully there is no such problem in what will happen for most people, the greatest game of their life, and possibly their entire career.
Before: This is how Chelsea go to the finals.