The Champions League final will feature two English sides as Manchester City look to down Chelsea for their first ever title.
Saturday’s showpiece in Porto will be the eighth finale to be contested by two clubs from the same nation. And it will follow 2008 and 2019 as a final bwtween two English clubs; Chelsea lost to Manchester United and Liverpool beat Tottenham Hotspur two years ago.
This match has been a regular occurrence in recent times … Manchester City beat Chelsea in January at Stamford Bridge. Since then it has been two to the Blues as Chelsea beat the current champions of England at Wembley in the FA Cup semi-final and then won at the Etihad a few weeks ago.
As far as final matchup go, City beat Chelsea in the 2019 Carabao Cup final via penalties following a goalless draw.
Chelsea have a rich history in the competition with only Real Madrid and Bayern Munich reaching more finals than Chelsea’s 3 since 2007. The Blues lost to Manchester United before beating Bayern.
City have no experience at this stage but are in form. They have won their last seven Champions League matches and are riding high after being crowned England’s best yet again.
Pep Guardiola is chasing the one trophy that has eluded Manchester City and will have a fully fit squad to pick from.
“Sometimes clubs need more finals to win the first one, others need one shot. Hopefully that will be the case,” he said.
“We are new for many things. In this period we live, back to back [Premier League titles] for the first time, break a lot of records, semi-final for the second time, final for the first time.
“As a club we’re not old in this case. In terms of how excited, delighted, satisfied, nobody can beat us.
“I am so confident in my team. You cannot imagine how confident I am in my team and what we have to do.”
Saturday’s final kicks off at 9pm.