Two of the biggest spending football clubs in the world will face off for Europe’s most prestigious title when Manchester City and Chelsea face off in an all-English UEFA Champions League final.
Manchester City, on budget, are looking to complete a more than ten-year quest to win their first Champions League in their first final. London-based Chelsea with their own pockets are hoping for a second title (2012) on their third trip to the final.
What is guaranteed is that an American player will hoist the trophy. Stars of the US Men’s National Team and their fellow Pennsylvania natives Christian Pulisic (Chelsea) and Zack Steffen (Manchester City) will be on opposite sides of this game. Pulisic is set to become the first American to make a Champions League final, while Steffen will wait backstage on the bench as a substitute goalkeeper.
When will the Champions League final take place in 2021?
- Dated: Saturday May 29
- Time: 3 p.m. ET / noon PT
The UEFA Champions League final between Chelsea and Manchester City is scheduled for Saturday, May 29 at 3 p.m. ET.
How to watch the Champions League final in the United States
CBS and TUDN will wear the 2021 UEFA Champions League final and both networks are available via 7-day free trial of fuboTV.
Snapshots of Champions League finalists
Manchester City have had a dream season so far, overcoming a slow start to win both the English Premier League and the League Cup (aka EFL Cup, aka Carabao Cup). They have beaten the opponent on all fronts, edging their opponents by an incredible 131-41 in 60 official games. At one point, they also won a club record with 21 consecutive wins. And they are still unbeaten in UEFA Champions League matches this season: 11 wins, 1 draw, 0 losses.
Coached by legendary manager Pep Guardiola, the “Citizens” have lost only 7 times in 60 matches played this year, boosted by the emergence of star Portuguese central defender Ruben Dias. But two of those seven losses came against Chelsea and their German head coach Thomas Tuchel.
After taking over mid-season from Frank Lampard, Tuchel’s new tactical approach has rejuvenated Chelsea, turning them into a defensive juggernaut. But their season has almost played out lately, the goal being to prove their Achilles heel. They were ruled out in an FA Cup final defeat and have given up on two of their last three Premier League games, almost costing them an automatic berth for next year’s Champions League.
Chelsea vs Manchester City odds
- Manchester City Moneyline: -120
- Draw moneyline: +255
- Chelsea Moneyline: +350
- Chelsea win to zero: +550
- Chelsea scores first and wins: +390
- Manchester City scores first and wins: +100
Odds provided by DraftKings and based on a regulatory result of 90 minutes
Chelsea will be content to let Manchester City dictate the game and try to turn them around for quick transition opportunities. Chelsea’s fast forwards Pulisic and Timo Werner are at their best when they have room to collide and wreak havoc.
But if Manchester City’s star-studded attacking front finds the opening goal, Chelsea could be turned off, struggling to break down opponents who sit down and defend themselves. In the six matches where Chelsea conceded the first goal under Tuchel, they only came back to win one game (that was against ManCity). Compare that record to the 19 games under Tuchel in which Chelsea scored first: 17 wins, 1 draw, 1 loss.
Given these trends – Manchester City have won 41 of the 45 games in which they first scored – and uncompromising defensive talent on both sides, the ‘score first and win’ lines make more money for both. teams could present the most attractive bet.
Their two wins against Manchester City will ultimately be the reason Chelsea will be seen by many as live losers in the Champions League final, despite injury issues involving two key starters. Tuchel has indicated that he expects goalkeeper Edouard Mendy (bruised ribs) and midfielder motor Ngolo Kante (hamstrings) to fully recover before the final. Losing Kante would be a big blow: they have lost four of the six matches Kante has missed this season.
Manchester City will be at full power.
Where is the Champions League final played?
The final was supposed to be played in Istanbul, but organizers moved the game to Portugal with just two weeks remaining. The move was prompted by the fact that the UK government placed Turkey on its COVID-19 ‘red list’, meaning Chelsea and Manchester City supporters would have faced travel restrictions.
UEFA initially tried to move him to England for obvious reasons, but the quarantine rules proved to be a stumbling block. Estadio Dragao, which has 50,000 seats in Porto, will host its first-ever Champions League final, the second year in a row that the event has been held in Portugal. Final capacity has yet to be announced, but a total of 6,000 tickets have been awarded to both clubs for their traveling supporters.