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    Uefa abolishes away goals rule in club competitions from next season
    Rule has been part of Uefa competitions since 1965Ceferin says rule is unfair and no longer appropriateUefa has abolished the away goals rule for all of its club competitions from next season. European football’s governing body said ties level on aggregate at the end of the second leg would now go to extra time.Uefa’s president, Aleksander Ceferin, said: “The away goals rule has been an intrinsic part of Uefa competitions since it was introduced in 1965. However, the question o
  • César Azpilicueta urges sluggish Spain to take inspiration from Chelsea

    César Azpilicueta urges sluggish Spain to take inspiration from Chelsea
    Defender calls on teammates to ‘fight until the end’Spain face Slovakia in final group tie on WednesdayOn edge and written off, Spain can take inspiration from Chelsea according to the man who lifted the club’s second European Cup last month.After two draws in their opening two games at Euro 2020, leaving them third in Group E, Spain must defeat Slovakia to get through. Pessimism has taken hold among fans who whistled the team after the 1-1 against Poland in Sevilla. But C&eacu
  • David Squires on … Chelsea’s Champions League triumph over Manchester City

    David Squires on … Chelsea’s Champions League triumph over Manchester City
    Our cartoonist on Thomas Tuchel’s tactical triumph, helped by nice guy N’Golo Kanté and toaster-toed Timo WernerBuy David Squires cartoons in our print shop Continue reading...
  • Chelsea rule Europe again and who will make England cut? – Football Weekly

    Chelsea rule Europe again and who will make England cut? – Football Weekly
    Max Rushden is joined by Barry Glendenning, Jonathan Liew and Barney Ronay to discuss Chelsea’s big win in Porto, Gareth Southgate’s squad trimming and the European managerial merry-go-roundRate, review, share on Apple Podcasts, Soundcloud, Audioboom, Mixcloud, Acast and Stitcher, and join the conversation on Facebook, Twitter and email.Chelsea have won the Champions League for the second time. The panel analyse their performance including where it all went wrong for Pep Guardiola, a
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  • Pep Guardiola and Manchester City must find a way to move on from painful loss | David Hytner

    Pep Guardiola and Manchester City must find a way to move on from painful loss | David Hytner
    How Manchester City deal with the burden of their Champions League final defeat will be the ultimate psychological testThe morning after the night before, the images retained a haunting quality for Manchester City supporters. Never mind the sight of many of their players slumped over or stretched out along the turf at the Estádio do Dragão following the death of the Champions League dream, it was Pep Guardiola, inevitably, who best caught the frustration and despair.The City manage
  • N’Golo Kanté: the one-man midfield who conquered Europe for Chelsea | Barney Ronay

    N’Golo Kanté: the one-man midfield who conquered Europe for Chelsea | Barney Ronay
    As every successful Chelsea manager has twigged, N’Golo Kanté is the great hidden gift in this group of playersThe Champions League final of 2021 will be remembered as the night when Manchester City sent out an excess of midfielders, a tripling-up of midfielders, a team clogging every hole with essence of midfielder. In an odd twist Chelsea did pretty much the same, albeit in more targeted fashion. Enter, N’Golo Kanté, the one-man midfield overload.There was a moment in
  • 'Tuchel's a tactical genius!': Chelsea fans celebrate Champions League win – video

    'Tuchel's a tactical genius!': Chelsea fans celebrate Champions League win – video
    Chelsea won their second Champions League title after beating Manchester City at the Estadio de Luz in Porto on Saturday.Fans across London gathered to celebrate the result, whereas those who had come together to watch the game in Manchester reflected on another Champions League disappointmentChelsea win Champions League after Kai Havertz stuns Manchester City Continue reading...
  • Martínez angry with ‘reckless’ Rüdiger after De Bruyne suffers facial fractures

    Martínez angry with ‘reckless’ Rüdiger after De Bruyne suffers facial fractures
    Manchester City midfielder hurt in Champions League final lossBelgium manager says challenge ‘should have been a red card’Kevin De Bruyne suffered an acute fracture of the nose and an orbital fracture to his left eye socket in Manchester City’s 1-0 Champions League final defeat to Chelsea on Saturday.The Belgian midfielder has left hospital but faces a wait regarding how the injuries heal before his availability for Euro 2020 can be determined. De Bruyne was injured in a challe
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  • Kevin De Bruyne an injury doubt for Euro 2020 after suffering facial fractures

    Kevin De Bruyne an injury doubt for Euro 2020 after suffering facial fractures
    Manchester City midfielder hurt in Champions League final lossDe Bruyne faces fitness race for Belgium’s first game on 12 JuneKevin De Bruyne suffered an acute fracture of the nose and an orbital fracture to his left eye socket in Manchester City’s 1-0 Champions League final defeat to Chelsea on Saturday.The Belgian midfielder has left hospital but faces a wait regarding how the injuries heal before his availability for Euro 2020 can be determined. De Bruyne was injured in a challeng
  • Tuchel wins tactical battle as Pep hits panic button | Jonathan Wilson

    Tuchel wins tactical battle as Pep hits panic button | Jonathan Wilson
    Tuchel continued his remarkable transformation of Chelsea, aided by the Manchester City manager’s unexpected changesIf you gaze long into England, England gazes also into you. In his five years at Manchester City, Pep Guardiola has grappled with assumptions and sacred cows, expanded perceptions of how football may be maintained, and forced a reconsideration of the role of the goalkeeper and the centre-forward. He has changed the English game, but the English game has also changed him.How e
  • Thomas Tuchel wins tactical battle for Chelsea as Pep Guardiola hits panic button

    Thomas Tuchel wins tactical battle for Chelsea as Pep Guardiola hits panic button
    Tuchel continued his remarkable transformation of Chelsea, aided by the Manchester City manager’s unexpected changesIf you gaze long into England, England gazes also into you. In his five years at Manchester City, Pep Guardiola has grappled with assumptions and sacred cows, expanded perceptions of how football may be maintained, and forced a reconsideration of the role of the goalkeeper and the centre-forward. He has changed the English game, but the English game has also changed him.How e
  • Thomas Tuchel 'almost speechless' after Chelsea win Champions League – video

    Thomas Tuchel 'almost speechless' after Chelsea win Champions League – video
    Thomas Tuchel said he was left ‘almost speechless’ after the German head coach won his first, and Chelsea’s second, Champions League title. Kai Havertz scored the only goal in a 1-0 victory over English rivals Manchester City in Porto. Pep Guardiola claimed his City team played ‘a really good game’ despite the loss.Chelsea win Champions League after Kai Havertz stuns Manchester City
    Crazed conductor Pep Guardiola sees Champions League dream fall apartContinue readin
  • Thomas Tuchel’s faith in Kai Havertz helps Chelsea believe the overhype | Jonathan Liew

    Thomas Tuchel’s faith in Kai Havertz helps Chelsea believe the overhype | Jonathan Liew
    The young German’s winning goal in the Champions League final announces him as a generational talent in the makingThe last of the daylight retreated over the back of the stand and tiptoed over the banks of the Douro River. It was shortly after 8.30pm in Porto, and the fun and frolics of the first half hour were over. As dusk fell over the Estádio do Dragão, as the roar of the socially distanced crowd began to harden into a tight, desperate growl, somehow you got the sense tha
  • Thomas Tuchel’s faith in Kai Havertz helps Chelsea believe the hype | Jonathan Liew

    Thomas Tuchel’s faith in Kai Havertz helps Chelsea believe the hype | Jonathan Liew
    The young German’s winning goal in the Champions League final announces him as a generational talent in the makingThe last of the daylight retreated over the back of the stand and tiptoed over the banks of the Douro River. It was shortly after 8.30pm in Porto, and the fun and frolics of the first half hour were over. As dusk fell over the Estádio do Dragão, as the roar of the socially distanced crowd began to harden into a tight, desperate growl, somehow you got the sense tha
  • Champions League final 2021: Chelsea beat Manchester City – gallery

    Champions League final 2021: Chelsea beat Manchester City – gallery
    Our favourite images from Porto as Chelsea claimed their second Champions League titleContinue reading...
  • Thomas Tuchel to sign new contract after leading Chelsea to glory

    Thomas Tuchel to sign new contract after leading Chelsea to glory
    Manager to be given two-year extension on current dealTuchel: ‘I want the next title, I demand to be a part of it’
    Thomas Tuchel is close to signing a new contract after leading Chelsea to European glory with a classy victory over Manchester City in the Champions League final at the Estadio Dragao last night.Chelsea plan to reward Tuchel by handing him a two-year extension after a fine goal from Kai Havertz dashed City’s hopes of winning the Champions League for the first time.
  • Manchester City 0-1 Chelsea: player ratings from the Champions League final

    Manchester City 0-1 Chelsea: player ratings from the Champions League final
    Kai Havertz and N’Golo Kanté thrived, helped immeasurably by Fernandinho’s absence from City’s starting lineupEderson The Brazilian denied Werner but was left exposed by his defence when Havertz gave Chelsea the lead. His challenge wasn’t enough to save City. 6 Related: Chelsea win Champions League after Kai Havertz stuns Manchester CityRelated: Chaotic conductor Pep Guardiola sees his Champions League dream fall apart | Barney RonayContinue reading...
  • Manchester City 0-1 Chelsea: 2021 Champions League final – as it happened

    Manchester City 0-1 Chelsea: 2021 Champions League final – as it happened
    Kai Havertz scored the only goal of the final as Chelsea held on to claim their second Champions League titleMatch report: Chelsea win Champions League finalBarney Ronay: Guardiola sees European dream fall apart 10.58pm BST Congratulations then to Chelsea, who can now say they are two-time winners of the European Cup. Commiserations to Manchester City, who will surely be back here again for another tilt at old big ears. One look over at Thomas Tuchel illustrates what a difference one single seas
  • Chaotic conductor Pep Guardiola sees his Champions League dream fall apart | Barney Ronay

    Chaotic conductor Pep Guardiola sees his Champions League dream fall apart | Barney Ronay
    Manchester City’s manager – the defining tactical brain of his age – picked a team that malfunctioned and looked muddled Oh, Pep. Why Pep? Why do it to yourself? On a soft, balmy, thrillingly boisterous night in the suburbs of Porto, the defining tactical brain of the age sent out the strongest squad in Europe to face a team that had lost three of its last four games. And yet again, he blinked. Porto is a sleepy town, the only real disturbance in the past few days some gentle E
  • Manchester City 0-1 Chelsea: Champions League final – live reaction!

    Manchester City 0-1 Chelsea: Champions League final – live reaction!
    Kai Havertz scored the only goal of the final as Chelsea held on to claim their second Champions League titleThe Fiver: sign up now and get our free daily football emailAnd feel free to email Scott with your thoughts on the game10.07pm BST Chelsea are deserved winners of the 2021 Champions League. They were the better team for the vast majority of the match. N’Golo Kante ran the show. People will talk about Pep’s tinkering. Others will point to Antonio Rudiger’s block that took
  • Chelsea win Champions League after Kai Havertz stuns Manchester City

    Chelsea win Champions League after Kai Havertz stuns Manchester City
    Chelsea have won their second Champions League title after Kai Havertz dashed Manchester City’s dreams with the only goal of the final in Porto. Victory completes an astonishing turnaround at the club under Thomas Tuchel, four months after the German took over following Frank Lampard’s sacking.In a move that started from their goalkeeper Édouard Mendy three minutes before half-time, Mason Mount took possession from Ben Chilwell and passed wonderfully to leave City’s high
  • Manchester City v Chelsea: Champions League final – live!

    Manchester City v Chelsea: Champions League final – live!
    Champions League updates from Porto, kick-off 8pm BSTThe Fiver: sign up now and get our free daily football emailAnd feel free to email Scott with your thoughts on the game3.08pm BST Welcome to our live MBM coverage of the 29th Champions League final … or if we’re doing things properly, paying proper heed to history and romance, the 66th European Cup final. Had things gone smoothly, we’d be at the Ataturk in Istanbul for the latest edition of the biggest and most glamorous clu
  • Tuchel and Guardiola speak before Champions League final – video

    Tuchel and Guardiola speak before Champions League final – video
    Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel and Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola spoke to the press before their Champions League final showdown in Porto. Guardiola said his team will ‘suffer’ for their cause and predicted that neither side will dominate the game. Tuchel said that City are probably the best team in Europe right now, but pointed to his side’s two recent wins over Guardiola’s side as evidence of how they can ‘close the gap’. City come to Portugal with po
  • Porto locals’ anger as Covid rules eased for Champions League final fans

    Porto locals’ anger as Covid rules eased for Champions League final fans
    Residents fear spike of infections as English supporters arriveHundreds of maskless fans flood bars by city’s Douro riverA last-minute decision to relax Covid-19 safety rules for Saturday’s Champions League final has angered locals as hundreds of English fans not wearing masks packed Porto’s riverside bars on Friday night.European football’s governing body Uefa moved the final between English clubs Manchester City and Chelsea from Istanbul to Porto to allow fans to travel
  • Oligarch v sheikh: Champions League final’s battle of the billionaires

    Oligarch v sheikh: Champions League final’s battle of the billionaires
    When it comes to wealth, there’s little between Chelsea’s Roman Abramovich and Manchester City’s Sheikh MansourWelcome to the battle of the billionaires. On the pitch the Champions League final between Chelsea and Manchester City in Porto on Saturday will be the biggest match of most of the players’ careers. On the touchline it is also the culmination of a 13-year struggle between two of the world’s richest people – and their wallets – for world football
  • When Juventus won the Champions League 25 years ago

    When Juventus won the Champions League 25 years ago
    Juventus have lost five Champions League finals but everything clicked for them in the 1995-96 seasonBy Emmet Gates for The Gentleman UltraTeams do not usually sell their best player and go on to win the Champions League, but that’s exactly what Juventus did in the 1995-96 season. Roberto Baggio, perhaps the best player in the world at the time, was told in no uncertain terms that his salary was to be reduced by 50% if he were to remain at Juventus. Baggio’s contract had actually exp
  • Foden and Mount: Local heroes renewing rivalry on grandest stage

    Foden and Mount: Local heroes renewing rivalry on grandest stage
    The two brilliant talents first faced each other at academy level in 2017 and are now poised for the biggest match of their livesEven now, knowing what has happened since, there is something fresh and shocking to them. As you watch footage of the FA Youth Cup final between Chelsea and Manchester City, what strikes you above all is just how comfortable these miniature humans look with a ball at their feet, how effortlessly they bend the game to their will. The year is 2017, and Mason Mount and Ph
  • This all-English Champions League final is actually an all-Pep affair | Barney Ronay

    This all-English Champions League final is actually an all-Pep affair | Barney Ronay
    Manchester City’s manager has been a substantial influence on Thomas Tuchel and on football far beyond such a gilded matchWelcome, European friends, to the Premier-Champions League final, brought to you this year by Manchester City, Chelsea and our service providers at Uefa. We hope you enjoy this product sample. And be sure to subscribe to the full Premier League package wherever you get your branded football content.It is almost exactly a decade since the planned date of the first Premie
  • Werner can put frustration behind him with starring role for Chelsea

    Werner can put frustration behind him with starring role for Chelsea
    The forward’s first season at the club has been a struggle but could yet end in triumph in the Champions League finalTimo Werner had scored 36 goals in his first year and a half at RB Leipzig but modesty prevailed when he was invited to assess his standard. “To become world class, you have to play in the really big teams,” he said in February 2018. “And then also play in big games like the final or semi-finals of the Champions League.”The moment of anointment arrive
  • Champions League final: where the game could be won and lost | Jonathan Wilson

    Champions League final: where the game could be won and lost | Jonathan Wilson
    Manchester City’s high defensive line, Chelsea’s wing-back issues and other factors to look out for in PortoThe problem historically for Pep Guardiola sides in Europe has been the high line that he operates, which means that if the press goes awry, his teams can be vulnerable to balls in behind them – as happened for Bayern against Real Madrid in 2014 and against Barcelona in 2015, and for City against Monaco in 2017, Liverpool in 2018 and Lyon last year. It was a problem for C
  • ‘Rúben could never relax’: how Dias became a Manchester City rock

    ‘Rúben could never relax’: how Dias became a Manchester City rock
    Defender treated every Benfica training session as if it were a Champions League final and returns to Portugal to play in oneThere is a quiet ambition at Benfica to build a team of academy graduates capable of winning the Champions League. It is a pipe dream as their best talents are soon sold off for eye-watering fees. The latest to fall into that category is Rúben Dias, who returns to Portugal on Saturday hoping to realise the ambition of a club who earmarked him as future captain as a
  • De Bruyne admits Manchester City will be seen almost as failures if they lose

    De Bruyne admits Manchester City will be seen almost as failures if they lose
    City ‘understand the magnitude’ of Champions League finalGuardiola warns his players they will suffer against ChelseaKevin De Bruyne has admitted Manchester City will be branded effectively as failures if they fail to claim the Champions League for the first time by beating Chelsea on Saturday.As Premier League champions City finished 19 points ahead of Thomas Tuchel’s team and so are favourites to win at Porto’s Estádio do Dragão. De Bruyne stated the stake
  • Champions League final and play-offs news: weekend countdown – as it happened

    Champions League final and play-offs news: weekend countdown – as it happened
    Champions League final: teetotalism, tactics dinners and other fun facts Tuchel: inside the mind of an obsessive with a winning touchThe Fiver: Another football schadenfreudefest is guaranteed5.10pm BST And that’s about it for today everyone. A huge day awaits for Manchester City, Chelsea, Brentford and Swansea. Join us tomorrow to see what drama unfolds. Thanks for reading. 5.07pm BST Nice win for Japan. The shirt though.Liverpool's Takumi Minamino nets twice as Japan score 10! https://t.
  • Thomas Tuchel says he is happier at Chelsea than he has been in years

    Thomas Tuchel says he is happier at Chelsea than he has been in years
    Manager delighted if players think he is crazy or fear himTuchel promises ‘we will have fun’ if he wins Champions League“I love it when other people are happy,” Thomas Tuchel said, imagining the after-party if Chelsea beat Manchester City in the Champions League final on Saturday night. “It means more to me around Christmas that I have good presents for others. It’s very hard to give me a gift. Maybe I’m not the guy to dance on the table, but I will be s
  • Manchester City and Chelsea continue to learn the lessons of Sacchi’s revolution | Philipp Lahm

    Manchester City and Chelsea continue to learn the lessons of Sacchi’s revolution | Philipp Lahm
    The philosophies of Arrigo Sacchi, José Mourinho and Pep Guardiola will be evident in Saturday’s Champions League finalLike art, business or politics, football is shaped by personalities. The present one is influenced by three coaches from Italy, Portugal and Spain. This will also be evident at Saturday’s Champions League final between Chelsea and Manchester City, the highlight of the season.The decisive innovation can be traced back to Arrigo Sacchi. He invented the operating
  • Sports quiz of the week: French Open, Josh Taylor and Champions League

    Sports quiz of the week: French Open, Josh Taylor and Champions League
    Who went down? Who found their level? Who is on the up?England wicketkeeper Ben Foakes will miss the two Tests against New Zealand with a torn hamstring. How did he pick up the injury?He fell taking groceries out of his car He tripped over a mask that was lying on the ground outside his house Foakes, a Liverpool fan, injured himself while jumping up in celebration when Manchester United lost the Europa League finalHe slipped on a dressing room floor after a game of county cricketDavid de Gea did
  • Champions League final: teetotalism, tactics dinners and other fun facts

    Champions League final: teetotalism, tactics dinners and other fun facts
    Fast food, Oasis singalongs, unusual trivia: here’s all you need to know about this year’s Manchester City v Chelsea showdownMuch has been written about Pep Guardiola’s Premier League title winners and Thomas Tuchel’s fast-improving Chelsea in the buildup to Saturday’s Champions League final in Porto. But here are a few fun facts and potential omens that you may not be aware of:• Manchester City have been designated as the home side in the final. Uefa have conf
  • Kevin De Bruyne has the stage in Porto to make his case for Ballon d’Or | Barney Ronay

    Kevin De Bruyne has the stage in Porto to make his case for Ballon d’Or | Barney Ronay
    For all the Manchester City player’s sustained Premier League brilliance he has not had a crowning wider world momentYou failed. No matter. Fail again, fail better. All very well. But when you’re as good as Kevin De Bruyne – which is, to be clear, very good indeed – and as the bloom of those peak years continues to roll by, you probably want to start nailing a few of those moments too.“We need to learn, it’s not good enough,” De Bruyne told the TV camera
  • Champions League final and play-offs news – weekend football countdown!

    Champions League final and play-offs news – weekend football countdown!
    The latest news ahead of Saturday’s showpiece in PortoTuchel: inside the mind of an obsessive with a winning touchAnd you can email John, tweet @johnbrewin_ or post BTL 8.58am BST Saturday is also upon us, and it will be a tremendous day of red hot soccer. Brentford and Swansea, two teams who play the game the ‘right’ way will serve as an hors d’oeuvre for the evening’s events in Porto when they play in the EFL Championship play-off final. It will be a match when ev
  • Thomas Tuchel: inside the mind of an obsessive with the winning touch

    Thomas Tuchel: inside the mind of an obsessive with the winning touch
    What makes Chelsea’s manager so successful? We find out from people who have known him since his school daysChristian Heidel laughs as he remembers a story that sums up Thomas Tuchel’s obsessive attention to detail. “We were in a training camp in Austria and had a match against Olympiakos,” Mainz’s sporting director says. “Thomas was looking closely at the lawn. He was measuring the height, sniffing the grass. He was so thrilled about this pitch that he wanted
  • Chelsea return 800 Champions League tickets amid fan anger at cost and rules

    Chelsea return 800 Champions League tickets amid fan anger at cost and rules
    Fans accuse Uefa over restrictions for final in PortoCST board member: ‘Selling tickets for €400 is outrageous’Chelsea have returned more than 800 tickets out of their allocation of 5,800 for the Champions League final with Manchester City in Porto. The tickets were part of a charter package for which flights were subsidised by the club.The returned tickets were part of a charter package, which included subsidised flights at £200 but supporters have balked at the price and
  • Édouard Mendy’s remarkable road from outcast to Chelsea’s No 1

    Édouard Mendy’s remarkable road from outcast to Chelsea’s No 1
    Goalkeeper was close to taking a job in a shop when a trial sparked a journey that has led to a Champions League finalÉdouard Mendy was on the verge of giving up his dream six years ago. After 12 months without a club, he was close to falling through the cracks. His career was at a dead end, he had moved back into his parents’ flat in the Le Havre suburb of Caucriauville and he had no idea how he was going to support his partner, who was pregnant with their first child.Nothing had g
  • Riyad Mahrez: from timid talent to ‘a monster’ inspiring Manchester City | Ed Aarons

    Riyad Mahrez: from timid talent to ‘a monster’ inspiring Manchester City | Ed Aarons
    The Algeria international’s remarkable rise from skinny Paris teenager continues with a first Champions League final“That’s Riyad …,” shrugs Mohamed Coulibaly. “Since he was a young player he has always believed in his talent and he has never been scared. If you give him an objective then he will achieve it.”It is more than 12 years since a skinny teenager who had struggled to make the grade at his local club AAS Sarcelles tried his luck in a trial with
  • Manchester City’s rise from stumbles of old to fine-tuned global product

    Manchester City’s rise from stumbles of old to fine-tuned global product
    The Abu Dhabi-owned club have become an exercise in how to construct the supreme modern football team with vast moneyWhen Sergio Agüero won the Premier League for Manchester City in the 94th minute of the last match of the 2011-12 season, the emotional extremes, how nearly they cocked it up, made a fevered connection with all the stumbles of the old club. City fans are pinching themselves again now at the prospect of a Champions League final within touching memory of a League One play-off f
  • Guardiola brushes off fact he has history with Champions League final referee

    Guardiola brushes off fact he has history with Champions League final referee
    Manchester City manager sent to stand by referee Lahoz‘I could not care less. I am so confident in my team’Pep Guardiola has claimed he is unconcerned about Antonio Mateu Lahoz taking charge of Saturday’s Champions League final despite his turbulent history with the Spanish referee.Lahoz has awarded three penalties against City in three Champions League games and sent Guardiola to the stands at half-time of their quarter-final defeat by Liverpool in 2018. In the previous year&r
  • Tuchel confident Mendy will be fit for Chelsea’s Champions League final

    Tuchel confident Mendy will be fit for Chelsea’s Champions League final
    Goalkeeper could train on Wednesday after rib injuryKanté also on course to face Manchester City, Tuchel saysThomas Tuchel is confident that Édouard Mendy will start the Champions League final against Manchester City after scans indicated that the Chelsea goalkeeper’s rib injury is not serious.Mendy, who went off at half-time during Sunday’s 2-1 defeat at Aston Villa, had tests on the injury on Monday and the early signs suggest Chelsea will not be forced to start Kepa
  • Thomas Tuchel ready to risk key players to maintain Chelsea’s momentum

    Thomas Tuchel ready to risk key players to maintain Chelsea’s momentum
    Race for top-four place means manager must field best XI‘I prefer to keep on going and fight for it constantly’Thomas Tuchel admits the importance of Chelsea’s game against Aston Villa on Sunday means he cannot rest players ahead of the Champions League final but he insists that is a good thing as it ensures the team will have momentum going into Saturday’s encounter with Manchester City in Porto.Chelsea head to Villa Park as part of a fascinating final-day battle with Li
  • Faith in false nines makes for compelling poacher-free Champions League final | Jonathan Wilson

    Faith in false nines makes for compelling poacher-free Champions League final | Jonathan Wilson
    Pep Guardiola and Thomas Tuchel prioritise dropping deep, pulling wide, aiding the collective and protecting possessionManchester City’s leading Premier League goalscorer this season is Ilkay Gündogan with 13. Jorginho tops Chelsea’s scoring chart with seven, followed by Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount and Timo Werner who are all on six. And yet these are the two sides who will contest next week’s Champions League final.Among elite clubs over the past decade there has been a cl
  • Battle for Europe: how the Premier League’s places will be decided

    Battle for Europe: how the Premier League’s places will be decided
    A guide to who can qualify for the Champions League, Europa League and Conference League as the final day approachesThe top four teams are guaranteed places in the group stage. Manchester City and Manchester United have qualified and two of Chelsea, Liverpool and Leicester will join them. Continue reading...
  • Champions League final: Uefa chooses Porto over Wembley for all-English clash

    Champions League final: Uefa chooses Porto over Wembley for all-English clash
    Istanbul had been due to host Manchester City v ChelseaDeal could not be reached over moving game to Wembley Porto has been confirmed as the venue for the Champions League final after a deal to move the game from Istanbul to Wembley proved out of reach.Istanbul was due to host the match between Manchester City and Chelsea on 29 May but negotiations to take the final elsewhere began after Turkey was placed on England’s travel red list on Friday. City and Chelsea will get 6,000 tickets each

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