The two biggest spending clubs in the world will face off for Europe’s most prestigious title when Manchester City and Chelsea face off in a non-English UEFA Champions League final.
Budget busting Manchester City are looking to end a decade-long quest to win their first Champions League final. London-based Chelsea, with their own deep pockets, are looking for a second title (2012) on their third trip to the final.
Is it guaranteed that an American player wins the trophy? US men’s national team stars and Pennsylvania residents Christian Polisic (Chelsea) and Jack Stephen (Manchester City) will play against the game. The policeman is expected to become the first American to take the field in the Champions League final, while Stephen is on the bench as a backup goalkeeper.
When is the Champions League final in 2021?
- Date: Saturday, May 2
- Time: PM PM ET / Noon PT
UEFA Champions League final between Chelsea and Manchester City on Saturday, May 2. Scheduled for ET at 3 p.m.
How to watch the Champions League final in the United States
CBS, TUDN and Univision will host the 2021 UEFA Champions League Final and are available through both networks. 7-day free trial of fuboTV.
Champions League finalist snapshots
Manchester City have enjoyed their dream season so far, winning a slow start to winning both the English Premier League and the League Cup (aka EFL Cup, aka Carabao Cup). They have steamrolled the opposition on all fronts, outscoring the opposition by stunning 1 131-41 in the official games. At one point, they also won 21 clubs and 21 straight wins. And they are still unbeaten in the UEFA Champions League this season: 11 wins, 1 draw, 0 losses.
Trained by legendary manager Pep Guardiola, “Citizen” has lost seven times in 600 games played this year, rising from the rise of star Portuguese central defender Ruben Dias. But two of those seven defeats came against Chelsea and their German head coach Thomas Tuchel.
After Frank Lampard took over in midfield, Tuchel’s new strategic approach rejuvenated Chelsea, turning them into a defensive force. But their season has almost unraveled the delay in proving their Achilles heel with a goal scorer. They lost in the FA Cup final and dropped out of the last two or three Premier League games that cost them almost an automatic berth in next year’s Champions League.
Chelsea vs Manchester City barrier
- Manchester City Moneyline: -120
- Draw Moneyline: +255
- Chelsea Moneyline: +35000
- Chelsea win zero: +55050
- Chelsea first score and win: +3. 0
- Manchester City first score and win: +10
Based on Odds Drafting etiquette and 0-minute regulation results
Chelsea will be given the material to order Manchester City and replace them for quick transition opportunities. Chelsea’s fast bowlers, Polisic and Timo Werner are the best when they have a place to run and destruction happens.
But if Manchester City’s star-studded offensive line finds the starting goal, it could stop Chelsea from struggling to beat rivals. In the six games Chelsea have conceded their first goal under Tachel, they have returned to win just one game (it was against Man City). Compare that record to the 1 games under Tuchel in which Chelsea have scored first: 1 w win, 1 draw, 1 loss.
Keeping those trends in mind – Manchester City have won 1 of the 45 matches in which they have scored first – and the insecure defensive talent on both sides could present a “score-first and win” line in plus money for both teams. The most attractive bet.
Their two wins at Manchester City will ultimately be the reason why Chelsea will be considered by the two main openers as direct underdogs in the Champions League final despite injury concerns. Tuchel indicated that he hoped goalkeeper Eduard Mendy (injured pasgra) and midfield engine Nagolo Cante (hamstring) would fully recover before the final. The loss will be a major blow to Kante: four of the six that Kante has lost this season have been lost.
Manchester City will be in full force.
Where is the Champions League final played?
The final was to be played in Istanbul, but the organizers moved the game to Portugal with two weeks left. That decision prompted the British government to put Turkey on its COVID-1 “red list”, meaning Chelsea and Manchester City supporters would face travel bans.
UEFA initially tried to move to England for obvious reasons, but quarantine rules were thwarted. So in Porto, the 1,000,000-seat Estadio Dragao will host the Champions League final for the first time, the second in Portugal. The final capacity has not yet been announced, but a total of 6,000 tickets were allocated to both clubs for their travel supporters.