Manchester City v Chelsea: bravura final battle is held up by healthy bottom line

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The Guardian 06 May, 2021 - 03:03pm 28 views

When is Chelsea vs Real Madrid?

Chelsea vs. Real Madrid - Football Match Report - May 5, 2021 - ESPN. ESPNChelsea vs. Real Madrid - Football Match Report - May 5, 2021

What time is the Champions League final?

When will it be played and where? The final is on May 29, 2021 at 3 p.m. ET from Ataturk Stadium in Istanbul, Turkey. This will be the second time the stadium has hosted a final, also hosting the 2005 edition when Liverpool came from behind to beat AC Milan in penalty kicks. CBSSports.comManchester City-Chelsea UEFA Champions League final: When is it, where will it be played, will there be fans?

Has Chelsea won the Champions League?

Chelsea win the Champions League, but finish outside the top four. ... The fourth place team in the Premier League would retain their qualification to the Champions League. The IndependentChampions League: How Chelsea vs Manchester City final could affect the top four

Who won the match between Chelsea and Real Madrid?

Chelsea set up an all-English Champions League final with Manchester City as goals from Timo Werner and Mason Mount earned them a 2-0 win over Real Madrid at Stamford Bridge. CBSSports.comChelsea vs. Real Madrid score: Timo Werner, Mason Mount fire Blues into all-English Champions League final

First things first: the presence of two English clubs in the Champions League final is a source of huge pride and excitement for supporters of both teams. For Chelsea this is another high-water mark in the boom years, a season that has turned completely on its head after the rancour and impotence of midwinter. For longtime fans of Manchester City this represents a scarcely credible, beautifully executed journey’s end, more than a decade on from the complete making-over of the club.

There will be internal triumphalism for the Premier League and high fives in the committee rooms of the major UK rights holders. West London meets east Manchester in Istanbul – this is a bravura occasion for English sport, and reward for two genuinely captivating groups of players, brilliantly coached, and speckled with high-class homegrown product. Chelsea versus Manchester City, summer 2021, is all of these things. But it isn’t, in any sense, a surprise.

And this is how it should be given the increasingly linear relationship between money and success. Five of the nine wealthiest clubs in the world operate in the Premier League. Two of those – Chelsea and City as it happens – are owned by sponsors with bottomless pockets, entities who aren’t in this business to make a profit, but for other, rather opaque and unexpressed reasons.

In a time of collapsing finances, City can comfortably maintain a £220m wage bill and pay Pep Guardiola £18m a year to apply his brilliance at the Eastlands campus. Where others feared financial collapse, Chelsea saw a sensible investment opportunity and gambled £200m on attacking talent, albeit much of it raked back in sales related to previous excess spending. lls sont les meilleurs! Sie sind die Besten! Yeah, well, all of that probably. But we’re back either way. And yet, this being football, the most gloriously resilient sporting substance, even this deeply familiar fixture looks fresh and moreish.

Victory on Saturday for City against Chelsea at the Etihad Stadium will seal the League title. But there are of course major subplots here now, a game of bluff and mental edge before that final in three weeks’ time. It is a good match-up, too. Both managers are drawn, as a first principle, towards keeping the ball. Both have experimented this season with deep, resilient defence. There is a narrative around both teams that their attacking patterns – intricate and technical versus high-speed transition – are let down by the lack of a classic rapier finisher.

The slip seen around the world, as John Terry missed the chance to seal Chelsea's first Champions League title in the penalty shootout. Edwin van der Sar then saved Nicolas Anelka's penalty to seal United's third European Cup. The game finished 1-1 after 120 minutes in Moscow, Cristiano Ronaldo and Frank Lampard scoring the goals. 

This London derby in Azerbaijan was won decisively by Chelsea, who took the lead through former Gunner Olivier Giroud. Eden Hazard scored twice and set up Pedro for Chelsea's fourth, with Alex Iwobi grabbing a consolation goal as Arsenal missed out on a Champions League place.

Another all-Premier League affair in 2019, as Liverpool won their sixth European Cup in Madrid, a year on from losing the final to Real Madrid. Mo Salah put Liverpool ahead from the penalty spot after two minutes, but it wasn't until Divock Origi (pictured) got a late second goal that Jürgen Klopp's side could celebrate. PA

The final will be fascinating for other reasons. Both managers are interventionists and details merchants. There will be a game of tactical feint and counter-feint. The assumption might be that this will suit Tuchel, who after all reached the Champions League final last year and who has a reputation for succeeding in these managerial two-handers.

Guardiola creates a system, a machine for winning, something that will over a season operate at a pitch that is impossible to match. This will occasionally be derailed by opponents who are equally able and who have a gameplan that can pick away at a Guardiola team’s strengths. Perhaps Tuchel will look to exploit João Cancelo’s tendency to roam inside, as he did in the FA Cup game. Perhaps Guardiola will counter, as he did against PSG, by rejigging his full-backs. It may or may not work. But this is not some fatal flaw, or evidence of bald fraudulism. Every way of winning has its weak point.

After which, well, what exactly? Both of these teams occupy a strange space in the operatic wranglings of Big Football. Here we have two founder members of the Super League, a failed assassination of Uefa’s grand old show, now queuing up to waggle that cup around on top of a podium in era-defining glory.

Both were quick to backtrack when the whole thing fell apart – shocked to find this was, in fact, a terrible PR move. But then, joining it was always a weird personal choice given reputation, fame, soft blurry feelings of love – whatever – is the reason these owners are in the game in the first place, as opposed to making a few quid.

This is the broader, noisier subtext to an all-English final. The Super League was, above all, an attack on the Premier League’s primacy. It was an attack by billionaires on other, more powerful billionaires. This match-up, Istanbul 2021, England versus England, is another pointer to why it happened; and why it is almost certainly coming back.

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The Chelsea success story that should leave Celtic with huge regret - 67 Hail Hail

67 Hail Hail - Celtic FC News 06 May, 2021 - 04:10am

For any Celtic fans watching Chelsea storm into the Champions League final last night, you could’ve been forgiven for shaking your head with disappointment.

Not at the London club of course. Granted, they’re hardly the most popular English team amongst the Parkhead fanbase. But instead, your disappointment may have come from the fact that Celtic have been shown up by the Blues’ ruthless decision-making this season.

Chelsea started off the campaign with club icon Frank Lampard as manager. Despite a decent start to the season, they quickly dropped to ninth in the Premier League and Lampard was swiftly sacked. No messing about. Chelsea knew they were operating with a manager who wasn’t getting the best out of a talented group of players, and made a swift decision in January as soon as they noticed things were going wrong.

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In came supreme motivator Thomas Tuchel, a deal that was clearly going on in the background towards Lampards final days. The man-management skills of the German tactician has already worked instant wonders. Last night’s 2-0 win over Real Madrid saw Chelsea book a Champions League final spot against Man City, with not a single Tuchel signing in the door yet.

What we’re seeing from the London club is how big a difference a good man-manager can make with a talented group. Chelsea didn’t wait for their season to implode before sacking their manager. They didn’t hold on to sentimentality. Instead, they went out and made a ruthless call in a bid to save their campaign. Now? They sit in fourth place in the Premier League and have a huge chance to win the Champions League for only the second time in their history.

You can’t help but draw parallels from how Chelsea have done things to the way Celtic have handled the most important season in recent memory.

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Celtic decided to hold on to Neil Lennon for almost as long as they could get away with it. When he left the club in February? We were already 18 points behind Rangers with a handful of league matches remaining. What did we do when Lennon left? We brought in John Kennedy instead of having a replacement already in place.

But the truth is Celtic should’ve acted a lot earlier. Lennon should’ve been given the chop at the very latest after the December loss to Rangers. Or, more appropriately, after the 2-0 loss to Ross County at Parkhead back in November.

Thomas Tuchel has turned Chelsea around (Photo by Michael Regan – UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images)

Celtic refused to do anything about it. They refused to have a candidate lined up to replace Lennon in case the worst happened, and now here we sit. Two games left this season and absolutely nothing to get excited about under Kennedy.

Yes, Chelsea were ruthless, but they weren’t unfair. All they can be accused of is spotting a major decline from a manager who couldn’t get the best out of a talented group of players. Say what you will about Celtic this season, but nobody can say we have a poor group.

Quite the opposite in fact. We have underperformers, and what this squad needed was a manager capable of motivating them. As we continue to look down south with Chelsea, meanwhile, we’re able to catch a glimpse of what a mid-season revival actually looks like.

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Carra hails strength of PL ahead of all-English Champions League final

Daily Mail 06 May, 2021 - 12:12am

By Ben Nagle for MailOnline

Jamie Carragher has hailed the impressive strength of the Premier League after Chelsea booked their place in an all-English Champions League final against Manchester City.

The Blues knocked out Real Madrid with relative ease to secure a showdown with Pep Guardiola's men, who had 24 hours earlier downed Paris Saint-Germain at the Etihad.

And Jamie Carragher believes that this season's Champions League has proven why Florentino Perez is desperate for a Super League.

Jamie Carragher hailed the strength of the Premier League after Chelsea beat Real Madrid

Speaking on CBS, Carragher said it is a 'sorry tale' for other top European sides right now

Chelsea celebrate reaching the Champions League final, where they will face Man City

"At the moment it looks like the Premier League is the place to be and I think it's a sorry tale right now for the rest of Europe as they seem a fair bit away."@Carra23 breaks down what the All-English final means for European football. pic.twitter.com/1ptsHdEgUx

After joking that it is an 'absolute nightmare' that two of Liverpool's big rivals have made it through, he said: 'I'm delighted in a way, it shows the [strength] of English football right now. We could have four teams in the two European finals.

'We go back to a big story in the last couple of weeks, the Super League. It just tells you why [Florentino] Perez, [Joan] Laporta, the two big Spanish giants, are desperate for a Super League, because at this moment they can't cope with the Premier League.

'It's not just the quality of the football, but the finances of the teams which helps them produce the best teams in terms of players, but also the great managers. You think of the job Tuchel has done, you've got Pep Guardiola in the final too. Jurgen Klopp in the league as well.

Real Madrid looked a way off the pace at Stamford Bridge as they never threatened Chelsea

Just 24 hours earlier, Man City downed PSG to book their own spot in the Istanbul final

'At the moment it looks like the Premier League is the place to be. I think it's a sorry tale for the rest of Europe, they seem a fair bit away. Chelsea haven't just beaten Real Madrid tonight, they've battered them over two games and it should have been four or five.'

On Thursday night, Arsenal and Manchester United have the chance to make it a clean sweep of English teams in European finals as they take on Villarreal and Roma respectively in the Europa League.

If they do both manage to come through their ties, it will mirror 2019, when Liverpool took on Tottenham in the Champions League final shortly before Arsenal and Chelsea faced off for the Europa League.

Florentino Perez is desperate for a European Super League - and you can see exactly why

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