2021 Champions League final moved to Portugal
This season’s final will take place in Porto because of travel difficulties for English fans in reaching Istanbul as a result of Turkey being placed on UK’s ‘red list’.
Pep Guardiola says, “I have no problem changing venues for UCL final.”
The Man City boss had no problem with the finals being moved. Although he had been looking forward to visiting Istanbul for the first time in his managing career. He was also very happy for the German midfielder Ilkay Gundogan as his parents are Turkish.
Tuchel hopes both Mendy and Kante will play in the UCL final:
"N’Golo is looking good and I hope he stays like that for Saturday.
“If he is fit, then Edou will play.”
Edouard Mendy has kept more clean sheets than any other goalkeeper in the Champions League this season (8 in 11 games)
Big boost for Chelsea as he makes the travelling squad for Tomorrow’s UCL Final
Manchester City cruised through the group stages, topping Group C without losing a single game (W5 D1).
Manchester City then eased past Borussia Monchengladbach (4-0 on aggregate) in the Round of 16 phase but were made to sweat a little by Borussia Dortmund in the quarter-final, although they prevailed 4-2 on aggregate. The semi-final stage saw Guardiola’s side overcome last season’s finalists Paris Saint-Germain in a tricky affair to reach their first-ever Champions League final.
Chelsea meanwhile, have had an up-and-down season that saw them go through a difficult patch in the league only to mount an incredible recovery under new manager Thomas Tuchel who took over from Frank Lampard in January. The Blues did have had a few lows towards the end of the domestic campaign, most notably the FA Cup final defeat to Leicester City, while they also needed a favour from elsewhere to secure a top four finish.
But, in the Champions League, Chelsea have been top-notch throughout, winning Group E without a defeat, before dispatching Atletico Madrid 3-0 on aggregate in the Round of 16. The Londoners then saw off a stern challenge from FC Porto in the Last Eight stages before pulling off a sensational win over tournament favourites Real Madrid in the semi-final to set up a date with Manchester City.
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Ilkay Gundogan should be fit to start after being kept on the bench in the 5-0 final day win over Everton, leaving Guardiola with a fully fit squad to choose from.
Edouard Mendy and N’Golo Kante will be optimistic of taking their places in the starting line-up after returning to full training following injury.