Today, May 29, 2021, is the D-day scheduled for the UEFA Champions League final between two Premier League sides that had a mixed 2020-2021 season. It is a night Chelsea could win their second UEFA Champions League title in the club’s history or a night where Manchester City could win the club’s first UEFA Champions League title.
The battle will take place at 20:00 at the Estadio do Dragao in Porto, Portugal, and it will be a night that might not see many goals but few special moments.
In his thought about the UEFA Champions League final, Manchester City defender, Kyle Walker believes that the encounter between coach Thomas Tuchel of Chelsea and coach Pep Guardiola of Manchester City could be decided by big players in spacial moments.
Looking at the two teams, Manchester City have a couple of big players who could be game-changers in tonight’s Champions League final. One of the names that easily comes to mind is Algeria forward, Riyad Mahrez, and English fast-rising forward Phil Foden.
Gabriel Jesus, Kevin De Bruyne, lkay Gundogan, and even the club’s outgoing striker, Sergio Aguero can seize a special moment at any point in the Champions League final.
On the other, Chelsea have proven to be a perfect match for Manchester City, especially under coach Thomas Tuchel. Recall that since the German tactician replaced Frank Lampard in January 2021, he has succeeded in turning the fortunes of the club around positively.
The strong hand of Tuchel at Chelsea has been heavily felt on Manchester City as he has defeated Pep Guardiola and his boys twice in the last six weeks which means the German coach also has some players who could seize some of the special moments in the Champions League final tonight.
‘The occasion is coming closer.’ 😁#UCLFinal— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) May 28, 2021
Some of the players who have done it against Manchester City and who could also do it in tonight’s game include Hakim Ziyech, Timo Werner, Christian Pulisic, Mason Mount, and probably Kai Havertz.
Callum Hudson-Odoi, Olivier Giroud who is currently the club’s highest goalscorer in the Champions League, and even Ben Chilwell could make a difference in the Champions League final.
If Ngolo Kante continues with his fine form, run, and tackles in Chelsea’s midfield and Thiago Silva is used to continue his fatherly role in Chelsea’s defense, then, the Champions League final would be another “cheese game” for the world to enjoy.
Kyle Walker said: “Knowing them and playing them as many times as we have played them, it’s going to be a little bit of a chess game.
“I think it comes down to big players in big moments and special moments, and hopefully we have enough of those players to go and grab those special moments.
“Chelsea are good opponents. They’ve had the upper hand on us a few times this season, so we do owe them one. It’s going to be a tough game that we need to come out on top (of).”
After the UCL final… #uclfinal— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) May 29, 2021
Fernandinho will discuss with Manchester City to extend his contract until June 2022. 🇧🇷 #MCFC
Chelsea will trigger the option to extend Thiago Silva’s contract for one more season – and will start contract talks with Thomas Tuchel too. 🔵 #CFC