The two teams that will contest the 2021 Champions League final was decided this past week, and for the second time in three seasons it will be an all-English affair in Istanbul on May 29th.
City Dismantle PSG At The Etihad
Manchester City kicked off their return leg against PSG on Tuesday evening with a 2-1 advantage from the first leg. Pep Guardiola was looking to reach his first Champions League final for ten years, while City were looking to make it to the showpiece event for the first time in their history.
There didn’t look to be any nerves on show from a City perspective, as they took firm control of the tie after just eleven minutes, as Riyad Mahrez fired home with his weaker right foot. PSG dominated possession throughout the contest, but lacked a killer impact in the final third, as an injured Kylian Mbappe watched on from the bench.
City killed off the tie with just under half an hour remaining, as the brilliant Mahrez finished off a swift counter-attack. Foden laid the ball on a plate for the Algerian, who made no mistake firing into the PSG goal. City had to do their fair share of defending throughout the second leg, with John Stones and Ruben Dias both making a number of excellent blocks.
PSG’s attitude was once against questioned in the final half an hour, as they saw Angel Di Maria sent off for kicking out at Fernandinho. In truth, they were lucky to end the match with ten men on the field. However, Tuesday was all about City, and they will be looking to achieve a treble in Istanbul, as they come up against familiar opponents.
Chelsea Wrap Up Tie At Stamford Bridge
The second of the Champions League semi-finals took place on Wednesday evening, as Chelsea were the clear favourites in the betting to secure their passage through to the final following a 1-1 draw in Madrid.
Thomas Tuchel’s side went ahead after 28 minutes after Timo Werner headed home from virtually on the line after Kai Havertz’s excellent chip hit the crossbar. Edouard Mendy made a save from Karim Benzema just a couple of minutes earlier, but that was the closest that Real Madrid would come all night.
Zinedine Zidane would have been desperately disappointed with his team’s showing at Stamford Bridge, as they looked well off the pace. Chelsea made the most of the ageing legs of Madrid in the middle of the park, as N’golo Kante ran the show from start to finish.
Chelsea had a number of excellent opportunities of finish the tie off, and could have easily won by three or four. However, they avoided a ten final ten minutes as Mason Mount scored the second for the Blues with five minutes remaining.
The win means that Tuchel will lead his Chelsea side to their third Champions League final, and it will come just a year after the German had led PSG to the grand stage.
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