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Chelsea to face Man City in Champions League final

UCL final 2021

It will be an all-English affair as Manchester City will take on Chelsea in this season’s UEFA Champions League final in Istanbul on Saturday 29th May.

Chelsea beat record holders Real Madrid 2-0 at Stamford Bridge in the semi-final second leg, going through 3-1 on aggregate.

Timo Werner and Mason Mount capped off a fine display and marking an extraordinary turnaround at the club since Thomas Tuchel joined in January.

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Chelsea will now play in their third Champions League final (2008 and 2012) in Istanbul and have set up just the third all-English Champions League final after 2008 (Man Utd-Chelsea) and 2019 (Liverpool-Tottenham).

Having also led PSG to the 2019/20 Champions League final, Chelsea manager Tuchel is the first manager to reach the European Cup/Champions League final in consecutive seasons with different clubs.

In 11 seasons as a first-team boss, Guardiola has lifted eight league titles, but the last of his two managerial UEFA Champions League winners’ medals came in 2011. Now he has his sights set on becoming just the sixth coach to win the European Cup with two different clubs.

The final at the end of the month will be the fourth time Chelsea and City will have met this season.

While City won 3-1 at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League before Tuchel took over from Frank Lampard, Chelsea ended Guardiola’s hopes of a quadruple by winning 1-0 in the FA Cup semi-final on 17 April.

The venue, Ataturk Olympic Stadium famously staged the 2005 Champions League showdown, when Liverpool came from 3-0 down at half-time to beat AC Milan on penalties.